POP COR­NER

The Mix de­liver for Brit­ney; Ed eyes up his Dop­pel­gänger

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - Ailbhe Malone

Track of the week: Not Let­ting You Go by Tinie Tem­pah and Jess Glynne This laid-back jam is per­fect for the sea­son that’s in it – think a mix­ture of Phar­rell’s Fron­tin and Will Smith’s Sum­mer­time. Tinie lays down his eter­nal love for his gal pal over a stripped-back sound, while Jess Glynne (right) waits un­til the cho­rus to bring in her ear­worm hook (which Tinie al­ludes to, rap­ping “she knows the hook/but she don’t know the verse”).

In short, this track is more sum­mery than the smell of sun­cream.

He­roes of the week: Lit­tle Mix. Did you know they wrote cur­rent Brit­ney banger Pretty Girls? “We wrote it with Mae­gan Cot­tone, who we’ve writ­ten a lot of this al­bum with,” Jade Lit­tle Mix told the Sun. “We loved the song but it wasn’t re­ally for us, so we put it out there and, lo and be­hold, Brit­ney wanted it.”

The group then went on to tell Cap­i­tal FM: “Well, as we were writ­ing the song, we re­alised that it sounded more like it should be for some­body else rather than us. We ab­so­lutely think that it’s per­fect for Brit­ney. She’s ab­so­lutely smash­ing it at the mo­ment”

Zero of the week: sit­ting for a wax­work, ac­cord­ing to Ed Sheeran. Ed’s wax­work was un­veiled at Madame Tus­saud’s, and it wasn’t the most com­fort­able ex­pe­ri­ence. “They put you in grey un­der­wear and a grey vest,” Ed told Reuters. “And you stand there for two hours while strangers poke you. And hope­fully it comes out look­ing al­right”.

Still, the ac­cu­racy of the end re­sult was worth it, says Ed –

“They even got my lazy eye in.”

In case you’re won­der­ing: here’s Florence and the Ma­chine’s tips on how to spot a great song. Florence Welch (left) told the Evening Stand

ard: “I al­ways know a song is work­ing when I sing it to my­self out­side the stu­dio. It keeps you com­pany a lit­tle bit. It’s like a prayer you can say to your­self, or like a spell.”

Now click here: Head over to YouTube and seek out the ex­cel­lent high school-themed video for Lit­tle Mix’s lat­est tune, Black Magic.

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