Ailbhe Malone has solved the equa­tion: Charli XCX = great pop star

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TRACK OF THE WEEK: Break The Rules by Charli XCX

Charli XCX = great pop star, ter­ri­ble stu­dent. “I don’t want to go to school, I just want to break the rules,” she war­bles, over a kind of pop punk back­ing, stomp­ing around in a fur jacket. This song sounds like the op­po­site of a Mon­day morn­ing.

Lily Allen is strug­gling with writer’s block, she told BBC Ra­dio 2. ‘’I kind of feel like I want to be happy in my mind, but at the same time I want to be un­happy so I can write some good songs!” She con­tin­ued: “I find

that when I’m sort of strug­gling emotionally, words come a lit­tle bit eas­ier in the stu­dio. So maybe that’s why I’ve de­cided to start writ­ing now, be­cause I’m sad when I’m not with my fam­ily.”

Fi­nally, the mys­tery of Ari­ana Grande’s mas­sive pony­tail is re­vealed. Ari told We Love Pop mag­a­zine: “I had to dye my hair red for a role and it put me in a chal­leng­ing po­si­tion”. She went on to ex­plain that her nat­u­ral hair is “ac­tu­ally re­ally healthy. It’s funny be­cause when­ever I post a pic­ture my fan will be like, ‘Weave on point gurl!’ And I’m like, ‘I DON’T WEAR A WEAVE!’ I still wear ex­ten­sions, but my real hair is almost com­pletely re­stored.”

Brit­ney’s got her business head on, she tells Va­ri­ety. The singer said: “I’ve been very hands-on with ev­ery­thing I’ve done since I had my chil­dren. And it’s just re­ally im­por­tant for me to un­der­stand the big pic­ture, where every­body’s com­ing from, what’s the real pur­pose of this shoot and this song, or what­ever it is in that mo­ment that I’m do­ing.

“It’s im­por­tant to learn to say no. With tours and all of that stuff, there are so many as­pects that go into it, it’s easy to have so many peo­ple around you say­ing, ‘Oh yes, yes, you can af­ford this, you can af­ford this,’ and then all of the sud­den you’ve spent $20 mil­lion on your stage and you’re like, ‘Where’s my money?’

Charli XCX: break the rules

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