Tove Lo is all a guy could ever want; Zayn is happy to be scruffy

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TRACK OF THE WEEK Tove Lo - Cool Girl

Self-know­ing and ref­er­en­tial, Tove Lo is one of the few pop stars who can sing “I roll my eyes at you, boy” and make it sound like a come-on. In this song, she sings that she’s all a guy could ever want, while still mock­ing the idea of a ‘cool girl’ who is to­tally con­structed around their beau’s ex­pec­ta­tions, y’know?

Hero of the Week

is Di­nah Fifth Har­mony. She de­fended her band­mate Nor­mani who had been on the re­ceiv­ing end of abuse on Twit­ter. Di­nah wrote: “Over the past 48 hours, I have heard and seen too much over an is­sue that is so small, but yet has be­come so big. With all the pain in the world right now, it shocks me each and ev­ery day that peo­ple still de­vote their time to bring­ing oth­ers down other than lift­ing them up . It does not make you” cool” . It does not make you “clever”. It makes you a damn coward, noth­ing less.”

Mean­while, Zayn

told GQ about his style in­spi­ra­tion. “It’s about be­ing happy to look a bit scruffy. I just got into the whole rock sort of feel to clothes - big boots, skinny jeans, and dark T-shirt, and rings. Just the grungy feel.”

Zero of the Week

is tour­ing, Piers from Rudi­men­tal told the Even­ing Stan­dard. It’s dis­con­nected from re­al­ity, he says. “You never get the chance to wash your own clothes, cook for your­self. Or do sim­ple things. You miss your fam­ily. I miss play­ing foot­ball on a Sun­day morn­ing with mates and vent­ing that frus­tra­tion on a striker.”

And be­fore we go,

a lit­tle Elec­tric Pic­nic rec­cie from Pop

Cor­ner: Stick by the main stage and check out NAO (her killer al­bum is on Spo­tify), Years and Years (of course), the 1975’s new pop set and give it socks to LCD Soundsys­tem. Once you’re done there, then mo­sey to see the mega-fun Booka Brass Band on the Other Voices stage.

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