Brit spears the drum ma­chine beat; Justin cred­its all

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Track of the week: Brit­ney Spears and Iggy Aza­lea, Pretty Girls For those ex­pect­ing a Prob­lem re­fit, this col­lab will take you by sur­prise. Chan­nelling Brit­ney’s deep cut Do Some­thing, Pretty Girls has a 1980s twist, with a sing-talk­ing Brit­ney and drum ma­chine beats. The at­ti­tude in Brit’s voice, and Iggy’s “can u not” rap, make it pop.

Hero of the week is Justin Bieber’s mum. In a post on Instagram, Justin cred­ited her with end­ing his “stupid phase”. He wrote, “This woman taught me ev­ery­thing I know, how to love how to be com­pas­sion­ate how to be strong when the only thing u wanna be is weak how to stand when all you want to do is fall. If it wasn’t for this woman lets just say I would have had a way LONGER stupid phase.”

Ze­roes of the week are peo­ple who mis­use emo­jis, ac­cord­ing to Charli xcx. “Use emo­jis wisely,” Charli told Q mag­a­zine. “There’s noth­ing that an­noys me more than when peo­ple don’t think their emo­jis through.”

Tay­lor Swift isn’t wor­ried by her squeaky­clean past, she told Elle mag­a­zine. “As far as the need to rebel against the idea of you, or the im­age of you: Like, I feel no need to burn down the house I built by hand. I can make ad­di­tions to it. I can re­dec­o­rate. But I built this. And so I’m not go­ing to sit there and say, ‘Oh, I wish I hadn’t had corkscrew-curly hair and worn cow­boy boots and sun­dresses to awards shows when I was 17; I wish I hadn’t gone through that fairy-tale phase where I just wanted to wear princess dresses to awards shows ev­ery sin­gle time.’”

Now click here Swift’s video for Bad Blood drops on May 17th; El­lie Gould­ing, Lena Dun­ham, Lily Aldridge and more star.

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