Hand­bags on the floor and chew­ing gum in the air as Ed tunes out

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

Track of the week: Not Afraid, by Ba­sic Tape

Hark, what’s that sound at par­ties around the the coun­try? It’s the gen­tle plash of hand­bags be­ing placed on the floor, for bet­ter to dance. And this French duo are here to help with that mis­sion. With a house­keys riff, a four-to-the-floor beat, and a Rose Royce-style vo­cal re­frain, it’s dif­fi­cult not to groove along. And we dare you not to raise your hands to the sky as they wail: “I’m not afraid of love.”

Hero of the week: Se­lena Gomez.

She told Cap­i­tal FM that her party trick is to spit chew­ing gum up into the air, and then catch it. (Se­ri­ously, you should Youtube “Se­lena Gomez: Gum Tal­ent”.) Selz also gushed about bestie Tay­lor Swift that “she has the abil­ity to be in any sort of room. Her pres­ence is very strong. You can tell that she wears her heart on her sleeve, but she’s also really strong.”

Zayn Ma­lik

wants us all to know he didn’t dump Per­rie Ed­wards of Lit­tle Mix by text. He told the

Fader: “I have more re­spect for Per­rie than to end any­thing over text mes­sage. I love her a lot, and I al­ways will, and I would never end our re­la­tion­ship over four years like that. She knows that, I know that, and the pub­lic should know that as well.”

Zero of the week: Ed Sheeran.

His act­ing ve­hi­cle, The Bas­tard

Ex­e­cu­tioner, has been cut. If you’ve been watch­ing the TV se­ries, you’ll have noted that Ed’s role (above) was kinda grisly (he or­dered some­one’s eye cut out). Alas, the se­ries’s cre­ator told the

Hol­ly­wood Re­porter: “I think the mythol­ogy was a lit­tle too dense for some peo­ple.”

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