Wel­come back Kelly Clark­son

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - Ailbhe Malone

TRACK OF THE WEEK Kelly Clark­son - Love So Soft Like au­tumn’s golden leaves and crisp breezes, we didn’t know how much we missed Kelly Clark­son (right) un­til she came back. Love So Soft is like a Meghan Trainor song given a fish­ing sup­ply shop’s worth of welly. Kelly wails about how good her lov­ing is, with a doo-wop back­ground, all the while warn­ing that she isn’t any­body’s fool: “If you pro­tect me and re­spect me, I’ll let you close.” Oh, and she looks bang­ing in the video.

HERO OF THE WEEK is Se­lena Gomez, who ex­plained in an In­sta­gram post that she was re­cov­er­ing from a kid­ney trans­plant. “I’m very aware some of my fans had no­ticed I was lay­ing low for part of the sum­mer and ques­tion­ing why I wasn’t pro­mot­ing my new mu­sic, which I was ex­tremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kid­ney trans­plant due to my lu­pus and was re­cov­er­ing. It was what I needed to do for my over­all health. I hon­estly look for­ward to shar­ing with you, soon my jour­ney through th­ese past sev­eral months as I have al­ways wanted to do with you. Un­til then I want to pub­licly thank my fam­ily and in­cred­i­ble team of doc­tors for every­thing they have done for me prior to and post-surgery.”

Mean­while, Jessie J told Bill­board that she’s more sure of her­self as an artist now. “I’m more sure of what I stand for now and not as afraid, I’m more fear­less even though I prob­a­bly seemed more fear­less back then. Now I al­low my in­ner strength to do the talk­ing.”

Zero of the week is One Di­rec­tion’s first live show, as Niall Ho­ran told the BBC. “I never want to talk about that gig again. Worst night of my life. The worst One Di­rec­tion show ever. We’ve re­fused to talk about it ever since … It was a dis­as­ter. We were just a joke. Any­thing we re­hearsed just went out the win­dow. It was our first ever gig and we just didn’t know what the f*** was go­ing on.”

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