Pop Corner: Rita Ora releases an emotional banger

The latest pop news, including Jesy Little Mix’s fighting talk on life post-X Factor

 

Track of the week: Poison by Rita Ora

This falls into one of our favourite musical subgenres – the emotional banger. Written by Kate Nash (yes! That Kate Nash!), it’s a midtempo song about a dysfunctional relationship. Short version? Rita sings “I pick my poison and it’s you,” and the drums crash in during the middle-eight as her world falls apart.

Heroes of the week are Little Mix, for their hard work after The X Factor. Jesy Little Mix told Hunger magazine: “If you come off The X Factor and expect everything to be handed to you, that’s when it falls apart. That’s where a lot of artists that come off The X Factor fall down, they’re there and then they’re gone in a flash. We had to work so hard and I don’t think people realise that – it was never easy – but we kept that mentality up and that’s why I think we’ve been successful. Anyone that says it’s not credible, I’d like to see them give it a go!”

Zero of the week is Jason Derulo’s cooking skills. He told BBC Radio 1 he’s too “creative” in the kitchen: ”You know what my problem is I think? I think I’m a little too creative in the kitchen. For some reason when I get in the kitchen I feel like I know how to cook. So I start putting things together, I be like, ‘Oh that needs a little bit of ginger right there, let me put a little bit of chocolate on the chicken.’ Yeah I like jelly, everybody likes jelly, right?” Chocolate chicken? It’s a no from us, Jason.

In pen and paper news Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) is penpals with Harry Styles. Mick told the Mirror: “I took my two 13-year-old daughters and their mates to see One Direction.” Then at a meet and greet “all their songwriting team wanted to meet me. That’s when I met Harry and he’s come to three of our shows. He writes to me from weird places.”

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