Pop Corner: Smooth-talking Zayn grows up

‘Pillowtalk’ is a sweary departure from 1D. Plus: Halsey in pain; Selena in the tabloids

 

Track of the week: Pillowtalk by Zayn

Ahoy! It’s Zayn’s first solo track and it’s a grown-up affair. It’s all about making lurrrrve, and features expletives – it’s a firm step out from 1D’s MO. Which was to be expected. The twist is the sound – think nouveau R&B (like Miguel) with a blogwave backing. It’s slick, and the accompanying video is suitably abstract.

Speaking of Zayn, he told Capital FM that he’s not sure how many tattoos he has. “I don’t even know, to be honest, I couldn’t tell you. I haven’t got much space left on my body. I just got a tattoo on my leg and my arm. I did them both in the same session.” He went on, “I got a tattoo of the name of the album and I got something on my leg, it’s kinda of weird. It’s just an outline of a dude smoking.”

Hero of the week is Halsey, who has spoken out about endometriosis. She tweeted: “Emotional moment, but if any of you suffer from endometriosis please know you aren’t alone. I know how excruciating painful it can be and how discouraging the disease can be. To feel like it’s going to limit you because of how debilitating it is. To miss school and work, or even worse to go and suffer through it anyway feeling like a prisoner in your own body. To maybe be worried about ‘never having kids’ or dealing with crazy treatment suggestions.”

Zero of the week are the tabloids, according to Selena Gomez. She told Variety: “My intention was always to be an actress and a singer. Unfortunately, it just kind of got clouded. I never really wanted to be on tabloids or anything like that . . . I’ve been able to build my platform up because of who I am on the inside and just doing what I love, which is film, which is music.”

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