Pop Cor­ner

Ed’s on form and Ch­eryl’s back writ­ing. Colour Ailbhe Malone ex­cited

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Sing by Ed Sheeran Oh wow, this is some­thing spe­cial. Look, ditch what you think this will sound like. In­stead, time travel back to Justin Tim­ber­lake’s Like I Love You. Yeah. We said it was spe­cial. Pro­duced by Phar­rell, with a shouty bit, falsetto and a rap sec­tion, this is just re­ally cool. Keep it up, Sheeran.

In fact, it seems Ed is smarten­ing up all round for this new al­bum. He told Bill­board, “My pub­li­cist ba­si­cally has changed me from be­ing the worst-dressed male of 2012 to look­ing pre­sentable. I’m com­ing around to dress­ing a bit bet­ter. I’ve just never re­ally given a f**k about what people are wear­ing, so I don’t know why people care about what I have on.” He held back lyri­cally, though. “I could have got­ten nas­tier – there was more s**t that I didn’t put in. I was see­ing some­one for a bit of time, and then they ended up phys­i­cally in­volved with one of my friends in the same ho­tel that we were stay­ing in, while I was down­stairs. And I feel like: treat people how you want to be treated.” How­ever, he added the rea­son­able caveat: “If you date a song­writer, be pre­pared to have songs writ­ten about you. If you do nice things, you’ll have nice songs. And if you do f**ked-up things, you’ll get a hor­ri­ble song.”

Mean­while, Ch­eryl Cole is gear­ing up for the next round. She’s con­firmed back on the X Fac­tor (“We were talk­ing about the talent we had that fi­nal year in 2010 – One Di­rec­tion, Re­becca Fer­gu­son, Cher Lloyd, Matt Car­dle, we just had great people, and we just sud­denly thought we want to do it all over again,” Si­mon Cow­ell ex­plained) and, more im­por­tantly, is writ­ing a new record – with the help of a Girls Aloud band­mate. Ch­eryl tweeted “@Ni­co­laRoberts is like a lit­tle vol­cano just bub­bling away wait­ing to erupt with hits! #watchthiss­pace #my­girl #so­proud.” To which Nic re­sponded, “I have loved writ­ing for Ch­eryl! So much fun! Some­times a heavy heart has come, be­ing a best friend & writ­ing from that per­spec­tive for her.”

Colour us ex­cited.

Ch­eryl is back

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