POP CORNER

Ri­hanna/Har­ris sin­gle shows this is what we pay for

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY - Ailbhe Malone

TRACK OF THE WEEK

This Is What You Came For by Ri­hanna and Calvin Har­ris

Put sim­ply, this is a def­i­ni­tion banger. Yeah, there’s a lit­tle less nu­ance than We Found Love, but that’s no bad thing. The beat gets more com­plex as the song goes on, lead­ing up to a cli­mac­tic drop – and Ri­hanna in­fuses her vo­cal with a wry smile. “This is what you came for,” she sings, smil­ing and reach­ing her hand across the dance­floor.

Hero of the week is Ari­ana Grande, who told the Sun­day Times that she is tired of be­ing type­cast. “Women can be any­thing. Are you a good girl or a bad girl? No! I’m a good girl, I’m a bad girl, I’m in­no­cent, I’m sexy, I’m smart, I’m funny – I’m ev­ery­thing. What­ever I feel like wear­ing that day, it doesn’t de­fine me. It de­fines what mood I’m in. That ap­plies to all women.”

Fret­ter of the week is Calvin Har­ris, who was wor­ried when he played the Track of the Week to Ri­hanna for the first time. “That’s the first time I’ve felt that with an artist,” he told Ra­dio 1. “She heard it for the first time at Coachella in a trailer. It was me, her and her man­ager. I had a lit­tle mon­i­tor put in and I just blasted it out a cou­ple of times. She was like, ‘It’s sick’.”

Zero of the week is on­line dat­ing, ac­cord­ing to Katy B. “Every­one’s hav­ing Nando’s and Net­flix and Chill now in­stead of go­ing on the pull,” she told the Guardian. “It’s funny, I’ve al­ways gone to re­ally geeky mu­sic clubs where it’s not re­ally about [pulling]. But then surely there’s more com­mu­nity to club­bing?

“A lot of the club nights I’ve grown up with, it’s the same peo­ple who go to them ev­ery sin­gle time. It’s the same gen­er­a­tion go­ing there. That’s gotta be bet­ter than Tin­der, surely?”

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