Pop Corner


This week AILBHE MALONEsays Hello Kitty and salutes Prince Niall

** TRACK OF THE WEEK: Okay Cupid by Kitty Pryde. We’ve got a new obsession. Kitty (right) is a teenage Tumblr-wave rapper (no, wait! Come back!) whose lazy bedroom rhymes have caught the eye of Danny Brown, and Beautiful Lou (who produced Okay Cupid, and has previously worked with Lil B and A$AP Rocky). Sure, Pryde’s been getting hate from the blogosphere for her Scenester looks and rapping style – but she’s got talent. Okay Cupid is deceptively elegant – with the casual insouciance of teen lust (“call me sober when you’re ready, not going steady, but babe I planned our wedding already”). It’s basically the bad-girl cousin of Call Me Maybe.

** Niall Horan’s been eyeing up potential girlfriends – and it seems he’s pulling a Harry Styles and aiming for an older lady. New York singer Paloma Faith has revealed that the Prince of Mullingar proposed to her: “I met One Direction recently and Niall proposed to me. He said he wanted to marry me so I’m currently thinking about it. I’d give it six months at the most. I want to have between three and five marriages and end up with a toyboy at 75.” As for the blonde one, he’s quickly becoming our favourite member of One Direction – not least because of this excellent Tumblr (which must be credited for the Prince of Mullingar title): tinyurl.com/weloveniall

** Miley Cyrus is certainly all grown up now. In an upcoming TV interview, she explained the pressure she felt when she was a child star. “I had to smile so much and I had to say so much of the same thing. I finally had to look inside and say, ‘What do I really think about this? Do I really think that or am I just trained to say that? Or have I said it for so many years now that that’s what people expect me to say, so now I say it so I don’t have to say something else and be creative?’” Luckily, she’s since gotten a firmer grasp on who she wants to be: “I guess I kind of realised that my whole life isn’t one giant press junket.”