POP COR­NER

Ari­ana Grande is fed up of talk­ing about men, while Liam Payne has some is­sues with spoons

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

Track of the week: Some Kind Of Heaven by Hurts What other pop group would open their come­back sin­gle with the line “I am ready for the rap­ture/ I am reach­ing for the light”? It can only be Hurts. Some kind of heaven is a big song, with dance floor strings and a “do do do” hook that’s catchier than Packie Bonner’s hands.

Hero of the week is Ari­ana Grande (right), who told the Mir­ror she was tired if talk­ing about men. “I’m hon­estly so tired of talk­ing about dat­ing and my love life and ev­ery­thing. I’m kinda do­ing my thing right now.” She went on: “Peo­ple don’t ask the men. It’s like, ‘Is that the only thing we have to talk about? Is that the only thing women are rel­e­vant for is their re­la­tion­ship with men?’ No. We’re ab­so­lutely per­fectly fine on our own and we can talk about our mu­sic, our work, our kick-ass tours around the world. Why don’t we talk about that as op­posed to who we’re cur­rently flirt­ing with?”

In New Zealand news, it’s great for pop­stars, ac­cord­ing to Lorde. She told Vogue Australia that: “It is eas­ier to have a nor­mal life back home. I think ev­ery­one knows that they’re go­ing to see me around, that I’m go­ing to be buy­ing gum from a gas sta­tion or what­ever. The shine rubs off when you’re like: “Oh yeah, my friend met her in the su­per­mar­ket the other day.” I think peo­ple are much more chill about it. “

Zero of the week is spoons, ac­cord­ing to Liam Payne (left). He told Cap­i­tal FM: “I’m not so much scared of spoons, I’ll hold one. But I don’t like eat­ing with them, if they’re not my spoons, if that makes sense. It is a bit weird.”

He went on: “When I was a kid I was a bit naughty at school and when you were naughty they made you do the wash­ing up. “I had to wash all th­ese nasty spoons and then it’s just stuck with me af­ter.”

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