Sam Smith is back war­bling with dig­nity

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

TRACK OF THE WEEK Sam Smith - Too Good At Good­byes Look, it was never going to be a banger, was it? But we’ve moved on from cry­ing into your glass of wine to shed­ding a sin­gle glam tear and you walk away, head raised, from the ex that broke your heart. “Ev­ery time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry,” Sam war­bles with dig­nity. And there’s a great gospel choir in the cho­rus.

HERO OF THE WEEK is Kelly Clark­son, who talked about de­fy­ing her la­bel after she didn’t want to work with Dr Luke. She told ra­dio sta­tion Z100 that she turned down a co-writ­ing credit on the re­sult­ing track. “They brought up writ­ing credit at the end, be­cause they were like, ‘Well, you changed the song,’ and I was like, ‘I don’t want my name near his. I want to pre­tend this didn’t hap­pen in my life, and I want to for­get it.’ There’s hun­dreds of thousands of dol­lars gone be­cause of that, or mil­lions, actually. That song was huge. But I was mak­ing a point to the peo­ple work­ing with me. This is how much I didn’t want to do this.”

MEAN­WHILE, GAGA has re­vealed how she’s grown as an artist in a seg­ment in her doc­u­men­tary Five Foot Two. She said: “I want to be­come a wo­man in this business and grow up. When you be­come fa­mous at 21 or 22, it’s like you stop grow­ing up. I want to be­come a wo­man be­cause the truth is that I can al­ways bring my past with me, but I can never go back. You’ve got to leave your­self behind.”

ZERO OF THE WEEK is not be­ing true to your­self, Lau­ren Jau­regui from Fifth Har­mony told Out mag­a­zine. She spoke about de­cid­ing to come out as bi­sex­ual last year, ex­plain­ing: “A lot of artists are held back by the notion that they’ll lose their fan base or alien­ate them­selves. Even friends and fam­ily would tell me to keep it to my­self. But the more I thought about it, the more I was like, ‘Why?’”

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