POP COR­NER

Brooke wants to be your MRI, and Riri wants a bal­loon

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - Ailbhe Malone

Mag­i­cal Ma­chine

Brooke (above) is a pop star in the mak­ing from New Zealand, but any Lorde com­par­isons can stop there. In terms of sound, she’s more Scandi than Kiwi – think Lykke Li or Tove Lo. Plus points to this song for us­ing the metaphor “I’m your MRI/ Show you what’s go­ing on in­side”.

Hero of the week

is Ri­hanna, for speak­ing a lot of sense dur­ing the press con­fer­ence for her new film, Home: “The more we re­spect our­selves the more men will re­spect us. I have both sides to me and I think most women do. We are strong but very vul­ner­a­ble as well. I get very fierce and pas­sion­ate about my ca­reer and about my fam­ily. But there are also things that make me be­come a lit­tle girl . . . I love bal­loons, that def­i­nitely re­ally brings out the lit­tle girl in me.”

Zero of the week

is Rita Ora’s ac­cent skills, ac­cord­ing to Glam­our mag­a­zine in Ger­many. Rita said that she needed ex­tra coach­ing for her 50 Shades role: “... be­cause I had to have a cer­tain ac­cent. It was re­ally great to go into a com­pletely dif­fer­ent world, but it was not al­ways easy.”

In Girls Aloud news,

Na­dine Coyle is work­ing on a new al­bum, ac­cord­ing to the Daily Star. Na­dine ex­plained: “I’m so, so ex­cited about it. I would love it to be re­leased sooner rather than later but it will def­i­nitely be this year.” Mean­while, Ch­eryl will not be drawn on her vot­ing plans, telling the Tele­graph: “I feel like a greater re­spon­si­bil­ity now to vote for who runs our coun­try. And I pay a f***ing lot of tax. So I think that I need to have a re­ally wellinformed, well-ed­u­cated opin­ion.”

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