POP COR­NER

Ailbhe Malone sur­prises us ev­ery time

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - MNEK: hop­scotch­ing

TRACK OF THE WEEK:

Wrote A Song About You by MNEK MNEK pops up in Pop Cor­ner ev­ery so of­ten, and ev­ery time, it’s for a bet­ter and bet­ter track. Wrote A Song About You is a song about a song. And this song about a song sings about a song with a weird melody – which Wrote A Song About You has. Con­fused? It hop­scotches around, from soul to house to Wo­mack and

Wo­mack and back. Tricky to sing along to – but great to dance to. J Lo, of I Luh Ya Papi , fame has opened up about how com­fort­able she feels. “I don’t feel like I have any­thing to prove any­more. I’ve al­ways strayed from em­brac­ing all these dif­fer­ent parts of my­self as a per­son and as an artist, but this time I was like, ‘I am all these dif­fer­ent things’,” she told Bill­board mag­a­zine. “I can be silly, I can make fun of my­self, but I can also be deathly se­ri­ous and way too deep and in­tro­spec­tive some­times. I think people have so many more sides to them­selves than just one. We’re much more colourful than that.”

It’s not all sun­shine and rain­bows though, as J.Lo went on to tell the LA Times, “I think be­cause I do a lot of dif­fer­ent things, I don’t get credit for be­ing great at one thing like some people are. Some­body once told me, ‘One of the best things is when people un­der­esti- mate you, be­cause then you can al­ways sur­prise them.’”

Else­where, Ni­cole Scherzinger is a fan of ex­er­cise-in­duced brain­storms. She tells Fe­mail, “I get my ideas for what I want to do on stage and my mu­sic when I run. I pre­fer do­ing it in the morn­ing, first thing. Even if I just man­age to squeeze in twenty min­utes.” Wanna join her? Here’s what she gets up to: “I do Soul Cy­cle classes in LA and bikram yoga and then in­ter­val train­ing 3-4 times per week. My body starts to crave the en­dor­phins if I don’t work out.” Blimey.

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