POP COR­NER

Charli speaks out, Sam shuts up, El­lie likes strong women

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

Track of the­week: Adam Lam­bert Ghost Town An in­trigu­ing track (not least for its cryptic lyrics), this Max Martin (aka King of Bangers) of­fer­ingc ould be a step in the right di­rec­tion for Lam­bert. There­are el­e­ments of Sum­mer

time Sad­ness, an ex­cel­lent whis­tled hook, and a sur­pris­ing change of tempo in the cho­rus. All of which means that what starts out as a low-key bal­lad turns into some­thing for stomp­ing de­fi­antly around the dance floor.

Charli xcx had to learn to stand up for her­self early, she told ASOS mag­a­zine. “It’s a con­stant fight to get peo­ple to un­der­stand my vi­sion and do things my way. I thought I’d sign a record deal and be like Brit­ney Spears.” She went on, “I didn’t know how much I’d have to fight and de­fend my ideas. A lot of peo­ple think that be­cause I’m a girl and I’m young that I’ll be like, ‘Yeah, that’s cool,’ and stand on the stage and look pretty.”

Ze­ros of the week are Sam Smith’s vo­cal chords. He had to cancel a se­ries of shows in Australia thanks to a throat in­jury, but is now on the mend. “Just to let all my beau­ti­ful fans know, I’m ok,” Smith posted on Instagram. “I am in­sanely re­laxed and am some­where in the mid­dle of Australia with no phone, no lap­top and I haven’t spo­ken a word in three days. So amaz­ing to have this time to turn off, but it does make me re­alise how much I love what I do, and how much I miss you all when I’m not on stage.” Hero of the week is Tay­lor Swift and El­lie Gould­ing’s friend­ship. El­lie told US ra­dio that “what we have in com­mon is, I think, we’re all just re­ally quite strong women. All those girls are all so smart and they’re all so fun. I find hang­ing out with smart girls stim­u­lat­ing, ful­fill­ing, and also funny.”

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