POP CORNER

Ali­cia and Weeknd go all slinky and catchy and it’s a good thing

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

TRACKOFTHEWEEK InCom­mon byAli­ci­aKeys Thistrop­i­cal house­late-night tex­tin­gan­themisn’t quite­what we’dcome­to­ex­pect­fromAli­cia “soul­fulpi­ano” Keys. But­this isA GoodThing. For­this­track, Ali­cia hasteamedup­with­TheWeeknd tomakeaslinkynum­ber­about hookingup­with­thewrong per­son, an­dit­shows: it’ssexy, cur­rentand­catchy.Assh­esings un­der­her­breath“ify­oucouldlove some­body­likeme/youmustbe messedup­too”,weal­l­know ex­act­ly­wherethingsare headed for­this­cou­ple, andwe’revery in­ter­ested. Heroofthe­week, on­cea­gain, is Ari­anaGrande.ShetoldBill­board that­she’stired­of­dou­ble­standard­s­for­me­nand­women.“If you’re­go­ing­torave­abouthow sexya­maleartist­look­swith­his shirtof­fan­da­woman­de­cidesto get­inher­pantiesor­show her boo­bies­for apho­to­shoot,she need­sto­be­treat­ed­with­the same awe­an­dad­mi­ra­tion.” New­soft­he­week Time­totip­toe­toHar­ryStyles soloup­date­corner:John­nyfrom SnowPa­troltoldthePress As­so­ci­a­tion­thathe’sbeen writ­ing with­Hazza foryears.“I’mre­ally ex­cit­ed­bythe wayhe’ssound­ing attheminute, he’ssuchatal­ent,” he­said.“I’ve ne­ver­beenin as­tu­dio with­Harry. We­tend to­justhang ou­tathishouse­ormine,orwe’ll meet­some­where­and­se­tupina liv­in­groom.”Headded:“He’s re­allyau­then­tic and­he­has an in­cred­i­blevoice, sowe’ve­been writin­ga­lotof­songs.”More up­dateswhen­we­havethem, fans. Zeroe­soft­he­weekarepeo­ple whotry­to­gen­der­la­bel­mu­sic, ac­cord­ing­toTe­ganandSara. Te­gan­toldBill­board: “There’sa hugechunko­four­ca­reer­where we­felt likethe­waypeo­ple­would write­abou­tuswas, ‘It’sapa­ge­out oftheirdiary, it’schick­mu­sic, it’s sofemo­tional,’and itan­noyed us . . . Iwaslike, why isit­sobadto talk­a­bouty­oure­mo­tions? Isn’t thatwhat­mu­si­cis?Guys­doitall thetime,why­doe­si­t­ul­ti­mately makeus‘chick­mu­sic’?”

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