Pop Cor­ner

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Ailbhe Mal­one mourns the soon-to-be demise of JLS

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Tube Stops and Lonely Hearts by An­nie An­nie’s ca­reer is the Sagrada Fa­milia of pop (look at us with a fancy art ref­er­ence). Con­stantly un­der con­struc­tion, with glimpses of ex­cel­lence, and tan­ta­lis­ing snip­pets re­leased. Fi­nally, we get a sin­gle - the first since 2009. It’s a Xeno­ma­nia joint, and fea­tures the lyrics “Tube stops and lonely hearts/ I lost the rhythm yeah I’m fall­ing apart”. What more do you want?

Pop Cor­ner is in full mourn­ing. JLS is no more. We’d pur­chase a black lace veil, but we all know that JLS would pre­fer a red, blue, green and yel­low combo. Like their sig­na­ture hood­ies. There’ll be a tour, and a great­est hits al­bum, and as 2013 ends, so will JLS. Oritsé told Alan Carr: “At the end of the day we have had an amaz­ing six years to­gether. We have been on a jour­ney that no one else may have seen, the hard times as well as the good times. But we are the luck­i­est four boys in the world.”

Yes, they’ve all got other things to be do­ing. Marvin’s got a baby en route with Rochelle Satur­days. Oritsé is man­ag­ing girl band Vida, and the other two are prob­a­bly do­ing stuff. JLS RIP.

Re­mind us never to mess with Lit­tle Mix. When asked by Top of the Pops what they’d do to a cheat­ing boyfriend, they turned creative. Leigh-Anne mused “I’d kid­nap them and wax ev­ery hair on their bod­ies un­til they’re scream­ing in pain.” Jesy’s plans were more long-term though.”I’d make them have a tat­too on their heads say­ing they’ve cheated, so no-one would go near them.” Golly.

We like Se­lena Gomez more and more – she’s just ad­mit­ted to be­ing starstruck around Ryan Gosling. Dur­ing a ra­dio in­ter­view, she ex­plained her se­cret crushes. “Ryan Gosling is such a given, but he’s su­per-cute. I’ve not met him yet. I’ve seen him on a plane – and I didn’t – I freaked out so I didn’t even – I don’t even think he saw me so . . . but that one.” He’d be lucky to have you, Sel.

Back in the lime­light: An­nie

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