POP COR­NER

Bruno Mars launches his lat­est funk mis­sion Tove Lo gets Wood

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

TRACK OF THE WEEK BrunoMars- 24KMagic Toset the scene, the 1970s good-time gang of Up town Funk have come into some cash and are de­ter­mined to blow it1980s style. And there are plenty of Ins tag ram-cap­tion lyrics( sam­ple: “I’m a dan­ger­ous man with money in­mypocket”). Bruno’s(right) de­light is in­fec­tious, and what could have been ob­nox­ious is en­ticin­gin­stead, asy­our­feetrush to keep up with what your ears are hear­ing. And there’ s a dance rou­tine­too, of­course.

He roof the week is Tove Lo. She told Bill­board :“Tome, it’s strange that say­ing you’ re a fem­i­nist could be some­thing women would shy away from. Or men,forthat mat­ter.”And­she’s try­ing to give her vo­cab equal rights too, nam­ing her al­bum “Lady Wood ”. She con­tin­ued ,“You know how when you’ re talk­ing about-someone’s strength you might say ,‘ She’ s a chick with balls ?... That never sat right with me. Lady Wood is just a bet­ter wordthan‘balls.’” Meanw hi le,Rizz le Kicks have up­dated fans about their can­celled­tour. Jor­danRiz­zle Kicks told the BBC :“[ Har­ley] has been suf­fer­ing with Gen­eral is ed Anx­i­ety Dis­or­der for prob­a­bly his wholelife. Butin the­lastyearor two the symp­toms have been prod­ded at, to say the least, from pres­sures sur­round­ing be­ing a pop­star. Whenyou’rein thep­ub­lic eye and you’ re young, the ex­pect a- tionuponyou is in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to han­dle. We tried to find ways around it, but ul­ti­mately it was a bito­fanob­sta­cle.”

Zeroofthe­weekis Tay­lor Swift’s girls quad, ac­cord­ingto squad mem­ber Hailee Stein feld. Hailee told BBC Ra­dio 1 that though the squad is fun, it’sno­tas g lama sit looks .“It’ s so crazy be­ing all over the world at the same­time and rarely be­ing in the same­placeat the­same­time.But it’sso­much fun­tostayin con­tact and find each other along the way and all get caught up. When we are­all­to­gether, it­feel­s­like­abig re­union, and it nor­mally hap­pens to be when we are all dressed up and look a lot nicer thanwe nor­mally do so it looks a lot cooler thani­tis.”

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