Fleur saxes it up; Tay’s 20s roar; Ashton joins the heart­break­ers

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - POP CORNER - by Fleur East

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Sax

The de­but sin­gle by X Fac­tor run­ner-up Fleur “Fleur” East is here and it is funky. Tak­ing quite a lot from her break­through per­for­mance of Up­town Funk, there is a lot of sing-talk­ing, and a honk­ing sax re­frain. Fleur gives it socks (or should we say gives it sax), as she belts out about search­ing for a “straight-up brother with a James Brown soul”.

Nathan Sykes (for­merly of The Wanted) has been re­flect­ing on his solo ca­reer. He told the Daily

Record: “This is like a new artist project for me and to be fair, with age, you grow up and are no longer the cute or young one in a boy­band and you come into your own . . . I like to keep it as real as pos­si­ble. I’m a 22-year-old lad from Glouces­ter who gets to do what he loves and is tak­ing each day as it comes.”

Hero of the week is Tay­lor Swift, re­mind­ing us that Stars! They’re Just Like Us! She de­scribed her morn­ing rou­tine to Vogue Aus­tralia: “I take vi­ta­mins, and brush my teeth, and put in my con­tacts.” She also had some sage ad­vice for women in their 20s: “I think it’s im­por­tant to re­mind your­self in your 20s, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily need a rea­son to feel a cer­tain way. Our brains are do­ing things we don’t even com­pre­hend at the time.”

Zero of the week is be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship, Ashton 5SOS told the Daily Record. “No, god, I’m not look­ing at a re­la­tion­ship again. I was see­ing some­one and now I’m not. I didn’t mind the hand­cuffs but won’t be look­ing for any­one soon. I’m freefallin’ like Tom Petty.”

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