Pop Corner: Rihanna’s new blast of fresh air breaths extra life into album
Ed Sheeran gets snubbed by the rulers of Westeros, Bryan McFadden offers sage advice and Pink fights back
Track of the week
Rihanna American Oxygen With a co-write from Kanye West, American Oxygen was always going to be epic. It’s a very different track to its preceding single (the bombastic Bitch Better Have My Money). When she sings the line ‘we are the new America’, we defy you not to feel a shiver down your spine.
Zero of the week is Game of Thrones, who denied Ed Sheeran the chance to be an extra. Ed told the Sun: “There were talks ages ago of me being an extra, which could have been cool. But every time they shoot it’s the time I tour in the UK.” Make it work, guys.
In elder statesmen of the boyband world news, Bryan McFadden has some sage words for Zayn. Bryan told the Daily Star: “It’s difficult to adapt to life on your own when you spent so much time in a band – you kind of become a family. For Westlife, we became brothers and I think that was the hardest thing for me. Not waking up in the morning and sharing my day with four other lads, that’ll be difficult for him.”
Hero of the week is Pink, who shot back at critics who had slagged off her dress. She tweeted, “I can see that some of you are concerned about me from your comments about my weight. You’re referring to the pictures of me from last night’s cancer benefit that I attended to support my dear friend Dr Maggie DiNome. She was given the Duke Award for her tireless efforts and stellar contributions to the eradication of cancer. But unfortunately, my weight seems much more important to some of you.”
She went on: “While I admit that the dress didn’t photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty. In fact, I feel beautiful.”