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Ac­cord­ing to Ailbhe Malone, is just about per­fect

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

Flaw­less

Track of the week: Flaw­less (Remix), by Bey­oncé ft Nicki Mi­naj Oooohh­h­h­h­h­hhh hiya ladies. In this sur­prise drop from the most per­fect pair ever, takes the sassi­est track from Bey­oncé and then cuts Mi­naj in. The best bit – ie the “I woke up like this” sec­tion – from the orig­i­nal re­mains, and B nods to that el­e­va­tor scuf­fle with Jay Z and Solange (“of course some­times shit goes down when there’s a bil­lion dol­lars on the el­e­va­tor”). Bey raps with such de­ter­mi­na­tion that you im­me­di­ately want to get out of her way. Mean­while Mi­naj lounges in the back­ground like a pan­ther be­fore go­ing in for the jugu­lar, spit­ting “Win­ning is my moth­er­fuck­ing pro­to­col/’Cuz I score be­fore I ever throw the ball.” Flaw­less.

has her eye on the prize, she told the Mix. She ex­plained, “I re­ally want to make a fes­ti­val one day, do the Lol­la­palooza type thing . . . I think that would be awe­some, but like later on.” She went on, “I want to edit a magazine . . . I want to make movies – I guess I al­ready get to do that with mu­sic videos but I want to ex­pand on that a lit­tle bit. I want to do a bunch of stuff.” Al­right, one step at a time. It’s a far cry from what

was up to at the same age. Per­rie told Vevo, “I was very young when I au­di­tioned for X Fac­tor. I was just turn­ing 18 . . . I was do­ing per­form­ing arts at col­lege and I had a job in a sa­lon, which used to pay me £20 per week. I just found out that my mum was pay­ing the person to pay me £20 to get me out of the house and have a job.”

In news, she’s do­ing fine, she tells Vaga. “As a woman, I’m proud to em­brace my body through all stages of life, stay­ing fear­less and con­fi­dent in sur­ren­der­ing to the un­knowns the fu­ture has in store.” Which is def­i­nitely go­ing to be our ex­cuse next time we’re late for work.

Christina Aguil­era Aguil­era: sur­ren­der­ing to the un­knowns

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