POP COR­NER

‘Cold Wa­ter’ is hot and Zayn opens up on his new di­rec­tion

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

Track of the week: Cold Wa­ter by Ma­jor Lazer feat Justin Bieber and MO Here in Pop Cor­ner Tow­ers we have a lit­mus test for call­ing some­thing “the song of the sum­mer”. Here it is: could the track eas­ily be trans­lated into Ir­ish and be ac­com­pa­nied by an acous­tic gui­tar at a Gaeltacht tal­ent show? We’re pleased to say that Cold Wa­ter passes this test with fly­ing colours. With a touch of trop­i­cal house, a soul­ful mid­dle eight and a base­line sen­ti­ment of “I’m your friend, I will be there for you”, it’s a chill banger and one you soon won’t be able to es­cape.

Hero of the week is Dan from Bastille. He told the Evening Stan­dard: “Some­thing that comes with hav­ing a hit is that you ex­ist in a space where a mas­sive amount of peo­ple only know you for one thing.” But it wasn’t all bad, he said: he wants to in­tro­duce new fans to the back cat­a­logue. “I want it to be as re­ward­ing as pos­si­ble for the peo­ple who want to en­gage with all the other stuff – the mix­tapes, the videos, the art­work – there are loads of lay­ers. For some peo­ple we’re just a song they heard on the ra­dio, but for oth­ers there are all these weird lit­tle worlds we’ve cre­ated.”

In other news, Zayn has opened up to Elle magazine about why he left One Di­rec­tion. “At that time in my life I felt I had done ev­ery­thing I could do there and I just needed to change it up. It didn’t feel brave. I just don’t have it in me to feel fully se­cure in any­thing I do. I al­ways strive to­wards some­thing bet­ter.”

Zero of the week is hav­ing to bat­tle against men­tal health stigma, singer Halsey told Rolling Stone . The singer opened up: “When I die, I hope peo­ple don’t come to my grave and spray-paint it with all the mean shit they tweet me right now.” She went on: “The fun­ni­est thing is that the big­gest bat­tle that I’ve had to over­come in my ca­reer was not be­ing bi­sex­ual, was not be­ing bira­cial, was not be­ing bipo­lar. It was ev­ery­body think­ing that I was ex­ploit­ing those things.”

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