Ri­hanna re­turns with some Wild Thoughts

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■ TRACK OF THE WEEK Ri­hanna, DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts Who knew that the song of the sum­mer would sam­ple San­tana’s Maria Maria? But what we did know is that Ri­hanna didn’t come here to mess around. Her first line? “I don’t know if you could take it/ Know you wanna see me naked”. It’s a sul­try, sweaty, Span­ish heat­wave of a track – the per­fect sound­track to late-night tex­ting an ex, or scop­ing out the lo­cal tal­ent on a sum­mer hol­i­day. ■ Hero of the week is Te­gan from Te­gan and Sara, who told NME: “I think we need to con­tinue to in­vest in re­sources for young peo­ple to sup­port them through their tough­est years. We need to con­tinue as public peo­ple to talk about how we strug­gle too to help re­move some of the stigma. We need to build images of strength to rep­re­sent the act of ask­ing for help. It takes some­one quite brave and strong to say ‘I need help’. It’s not just teenagers that feel over­whelmed or ex­hausted men­tally. I think it’s start­ing younger so we need to start build­ing men­tal health and self care into young kids lives .” ■ Mean­while, Katy Perry told the New York Times that she’s in a meta­mor­pho­sis. “It’s a de­par­ture, and it’s a nec­es­sary evo­lu­tion that I have to take. And I know that some­times it feels pub­licly like I’m drag­ging ce­ment blocks, but like, the pyra­mids were made out of ce­ment blocks – or not ce­ment. But do you know what I’m try­ing to say? I’m gonna get there.” ■ Zero of the week is on­line haters, Lorde told NME. She ex­plained: “I re­mem­ber be­ing made aware of my looks and my body in a way that I had never been. I re­mem­ber all these kids on­line... they were like, ‘F**k her, she’s got re­ally far-apart eyes.’ I re­mem­ber be­ing like, ‘Whoa! How did I get all this way with­out know­ing I had far-apart eyes?’ Just weird sh*t like that. But I was able to re­turn to my fam­ily and shel­ter against that and get to where I am now. I feel so com­fort­able in my­self.”

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