Pop Cor­ner

Ailbhe Malone dreams of 1D and the Queen do­ing ‘Roy­als’

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

TRACK OF WEEK: I Wanna Get Bet­ter by Bleachers You may recog­nise the singer of Bleachers from Fun. (the full stop is im­por­tant) who sang things like We Are Young last sum­mer. Bleachers keeps the same shout­ing-in-the-streets eu­pho­ria of Fun. but mixes with the kind of hooks that Weezer would be proud of. Fret not, we’ve not gone all in­die round Pop Cor­ner way – I Wanna Get Bet­ter still has lyrics like “I never knew I was lonely til I saw your face” that woo our One Di­rec­tion-shaped heart. Plus it’s a per­fect three min­utes 30 sec­onds. El­der states­men of pop the Backstreet Boys have some ad­vice for One Di­rec­tion. Howie D told the Daily Star, “One Di­rec­tion re­mind me so much of us back in the day, all that ma­nia. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, so pace your­selves so you don’t burn out too quickly. They have cred­ited us as their in­spi­ra­tion, which is very flat­ter­ing, but I can see how people get lost in this busi­ness when it comes to ex­cesses in fame, suc­cess and money.”

How­ever, he was cau­tious as to whether the group would heed his sage ad­vice. He con­tin­ued, “If we give 1D ad­vice, would they even want to take it? I don’t know if we would’ve at their age. But people who keep their feet on the ground don’t go away, so they need a good sup­port sys­tem around them. If they write great, time­less mu­sic and be good to their fans, long ca­reer.”

Mean­while, in Niall Ho­ran up­dates, the Prince of Mullingar re­cently met the Queen. And they seemed to get on just fine. The pair met at an event cel­e­brat­ing the con­tri­bu­tion made by Ir­ish people in Bri­tain. A palace spokesman said: “It was a re­ally fun evening – great com­pany and ex­tremely re­laxed. Her Majesty seemed to en­joy the craic.” Niall re­turned the favour more in­for­mally on Twit­ter: “I would to thank @Bri­tishMonar­chy and of course queen El­iz­a­beth for her in­vite to Buck­ing­ham palace yes­ter­day evening.”

One is a Direc­tioner: Niall meets Her Majesty

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