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Lady Gaga opens her Diamond Heart - and steps away from the Madonna com­par­isons

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

TRACK OF THE WEEK LadyGaga-Di­a­mondHeart Let’ s talk about Ga ga’ s new al­bum Joanne. Billed as her “coun­try one”, it’s an un­usual mix of com­mer­cial coun­try, whiskey ball ads, and pris­tine pro­duc­tion. But sur­pris­ingly, it kind of works. Yes, there are some duds, but whenyou start to imag­ine it played live, your ears will prick up. Ca­sein point is lb um opener Diamond Heart. When the cho­rus kicksin, scream­ing “young, wild Amer­i­can/ come on baby, do you have a girl­friend”, you can feel the house lights come up and heart he stomp­ing of boots on the sta­dium floor.

He roof the week is Jade Lit­tle Mix, who opened up about hav­ing an eat­ing dis­or­der when she was a teenager. In Lit­tle Mix’s new book, she writes :“At 13, you’ re at that age when you don’t re­ally have con­trolover any­thing, and I felt as if the only thing I could con­trol was what I was eat­ing. I started skip­ping meals and stuff like that. Iwould look in the mir­ror and it wasn’ t that I’ d think I was fat, I just had it in my head that I wanted to be re­ally, re­ally skinny.”

Ali­cia Keys is a big fan of med­i­ta­tion, she told the au­di­ence at a Brook­lyn con­fer­ence .“Some days I have 15 min­utes, some days I have 40 min­utes, some days I have five min­utes where I have to take that time, be­cause if I don’ t I lit­er­ally feel off. And I can tell the dif­fer­ence in the choices that I’m mak­ing... my cen­tre is off. I feel shake na bit more, but when I doit, Ifeel sturdy.”

Zero of the week is mak­ing Madonna com­par­isons, Ga ga (left) pointed out. She told Zane Lowe :“I wouldn’ t make that com­par­i­son at all. I don’t mean to dis­re­spect Madonna ... she’s a nice lady. And she’ s had a fan­tas­tic, huge ca­reer. She’ s the big­gest pops taro fall time. But I play a lot of in­stru­ments. I write all my own mu­sic. I spend hours and hours a day in the stu­dio. I’m a pro­ducer. I’m a writer. What I do is dif­fer­ent .”

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