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AILBHE MALONEdoesn’t want Girls Aloud to ever go away

TRACK OF THE WEEK:Something New by Girls Aloud

Argh its here! It’s actually here! And it is incredible. Xenomania to the core, with hints of Mini Viva, and a triumphant “follow the leader leader” tail-off, any questions that Girls Aloud weren’t on it are quashed. Don’t listen to Cheryl when she says that it’ll be over after the tour and a greatest hits album. They can’t give us something this good and then take it away again.

* Rihanna’s issued an open invitation to any new suitors. Speaking to Vogue, the newly cropped singer explained “I would love to go on a date. You don’t think that? I’m a woman. A young woman, vibrant, and I love to have fun . . . No one asks. Trust me on that. I’m waiting for the man who’s ballsy enough to deal with me. And I have too many vaginas around me at this point!” Ri-ri continued: “Seriously, all I want is a guy to take me out and make me laugh for a good hour and take my ass back home. He doesn’t even have to come up. All I want is a conversation for an hour.” Conversation for an hour? We mightn’t be a bloke, but we can certainly chat. Call us!

* Pop Corner’s got a famous guest- star mediator this week, in the form of Barack Obama. Asked during a radio show to weigh in on the current feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey (which began, FYI, during taping of American Idol and ended with Minaj walking off the set), the US President said: “I think that they are going to be able to sort it out, I am confident. I’m all about bringing people together, working for the same cause. I think both outstanding artists are going to be able to make sure that they’re moving forward and not going backwards.” Such a diplomat! Which of the two ladies does he prefer? Mariah, shes actually done some events for us. I’ve gotten to know her and Nick [Cannon], she’s a wonderful lady. Nicki I don’t know, but Ive got her on my iPod.” Can you say “amazing”?