NIALL HORAN was always the guitar-strumming singer- songwriter of ONE DIRECTION.
The ten songs on debut album Flicker – out on Friday, October 20 – are all top quality.
The record is a mature listen with lovely instrumentation and super-smooth vocals. And just like Niall’s personality, it’s laid-back and chilled – perfect for a Sunday afternoon in the park.
Alongside hit singles This Town, Slow Hands and Too Much To Ask, there are seven new songs.
Here’s a track-by-track rundown of the lyrics:
ON THE LOOSE: Upbeat opening about a seductive woman. He sings: “She’ll run with your mind and pull you in tight, then trade you in for something new. I know what it’s like, I fell for it twice.”
SEEING BLIND: Rip-roaring country duet with MAREN MORRIS. They belt out: “Oh, my, my, you just took me by surprise, and I can’t believe my eyes. Oh, I must be seeing blind, you’re too good to be all mine.”
PAPER HOUSES: Heart-breaking ballad about a dying relationship. Niall ponders: “I don’t wanna lose your touch, I don’t wanna hurt this much, I can feel you slipping away.”
SINCE WE’RE ALONE: Relaxed tune in which Niall expresses his interest to a new love. He croons: “Why would you wanna please someone else? I love you best when you’re just yourself, yeah, you’re everything I want.”
FLICKER: The most beautiful and heartfelt song on the album. He sings: “There’s a light in the dark, still a flicker of hope that you first gave to me, that I wanna keep. Please don’t leave.”
Niall taking selfies with fans as he arrives at Kong Restaurant in Paris[/caption]
Niall’s sound has been described as soft rock and a mixture of John Mayer and Ed Sheeran[/caption]
FIRE AWAY: Soft-singing Niall encourages a lover to open up. He tells her: “When you’re losing your grip, even if I don’t understand, you can talk to me. Fire away.”
YOU AND ME: Complete with a guitar solo, Niall ends the album on a high. He sings: “When I look down the line at the man I wanna be, I’ve always known from the start that it ends with you and me.”
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Jedward address rumours about sexuality by saying they date girls
X FACTOR duo Jedward have spoken out on rumours surrounding their sexuality and insist they date girls. The pair, John and Edward Grimes, 26, told the Sun’s Bizarre column they have had previous relationships with girls but like to keep their love life private. Edward admitted there might be questions raised due to their on-stage […]
X FACTOR duo Jedward have spoken out on rumours surrounding their sexuality and insist they date girls.
The pair, John and Edward Grimes, 26, told the Sun’s Bizarre column they have had previous relationships with girls but like to keep their love life private.
Edward admitted there might be questions raised due to their on-stage persona.
He said: “We meet girls all the time. Our fans have always know who we are. But others knows a different type of Jedward on from the different shows.
“I think because on stage we wear sequins people go ‘oh they must be a bit out there’.
“We never tone ourselves down. We’re not lad lads but we’re comfortable enough to just be on stage and do Prince vibes.”
John said: “We don’t let that stop us. We do whatever what we want to do.
“We know who we are and what we are a lot of guys try so hard to be masculine and we’re able to have stubble and play guitar.
“We have had relationships.
“I’ve had two long-term relationships that were private. That wasn’t part of my career.”
The pair star in MTV’s Single AF show which also features Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson and fellow X Factor singer Casey Johnson.
Jedward admitted they really are together a lot as their on-air persona suggests.
And Edward told the Sun they did not feel obliged to make their relationships public, despite arousing suspicion.
He said: “Yeah we are [together a lot] when we’re doing concerts and on tour.
“We have had relationships, but it’s never been our number one priority to showcase them.
“It’s like a career movement that me and John were never like.
“Other people who are ‘oh God let’s do the OK! spread, let’s tell them about the break-up, the marriage, the kids’, that was never us.”
“Girls are more career driven like ‘oh I want to do this’.
“But it’s nice now because this programme takes the edge of us being so public with our private lives.”
He said: “If I can perform on stage for almost three hours – performing in the bedroom is nothing to me.”
Single AF premieres on MTV on Tuesday at 10pm on MTV.
Jamie Redknapp strips down to a skimpy pair of budgie smugglers for A League of their Own – just like ex-partner Louise Redknapp in Cabaret
JAMIE Redknapp follows estranged wife Louise’s lead — by stripping down to his pants. Jamie, 44, will be shown stripping down to a skimpy pair of budgie smugglers in tonight’s episode of A League of their Own as the Eternal singer strips off on tour as Sally Bowles in musical Cabaret. And the newly-single sports […]
JAMIE Redknapp follows estranged wife Louise’s lead — by stripping down to his pants.
Jamie Redknapp will be joined by ex-footie ace John Barnes[/caption]
And the newly-single sports presenter shows Louise,42, what she’s missing as he flaunts his toned body while taking part in a diving challenge with Kevin Pietersen, John Barnes and Freddie Flintoff.
Jamie admits that he’s not nervous about getting his kit off on-screen, while being coached by divers
The Sun revealed in April that the couple’s 19-year marriage was the latest to be hit by the Strictly curse.
The former England midfielder stripped down to some revealing speedos[/caption]
Jamie was competing against cricketers Freddie Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen[/caption]
The athletes were coached by diving pros Chris Mears and Jack Laugher[/caption]
Daisy Lowe has hit back at claims she is more than just friends with Louise Redknapp.
The 28-year-old found herself at the centre of the 42-year-old singer’s split from footballer Jamie earlier this year but has now laughed off the suggestion they were enjoying a lesbian romanc
Speaking in her new podcast Femme, she said: “I’m aware of all the lesbian hints. It actually makes me laugh.”
Jamie struck a resemblance to ex Louise Redknapp in her Cabaret show where she also flashes her pants[/caption]
Louise Redknapp is currently starring in a breakthrough role in the stage musical Cabaret[/caption]
She went on to question why people struggled to understand their friendship, saying: “People find it strange we are friends. Why? She’s an amazing, warm, honest woman. I’m proud of her. This is what women should do, support each other.”
Estranged husband Jamie Redknapp refuses to see Louise’s show[/caption]
Jamie has now been pictured without his wedding ring[/caption]
Interestingly, Daisy reveals that it was in fact Louise who was a shoulder for her to cry on and not the other way round – as reports had suggested.
“On the first day of Strictly rehearsals, Louise was in my dressing room chatting and I got a call telling me my grandfather had died,” she added.
Daisy Lowe says she can’t understand why people think she wouldn’t be friends with Louise Redknapp[/caption]
In the candid podcast, Daisy went on to describe Louise as her ‘best friend’ – admitting that while they might not have known each other for long, Louise had ‘changed her life’.
Louise recently revealed she had she opted to split with her footballer ex after Daisy convinced her she was still sexy.
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MOST people would be dialling 999 quicker than you can say Thinking Out Loud if they’d fallen off their bike in the middle of London. But ED SHEERAN clearly has a higher pain threshold than most. Having fractured his right wrist and left elbow and cracked his ribs, he just brushed himself off and rode […]
MOST people would be dialling 999 quicker than you can say Thinking Out Loud if they’d fallen off their bike in the middle of London.
But ED SHEERAN clearly has a higher pain threshold than most.
Ed Sheeran fractured his wrist and elbow after falling off his bike in London[/caption]
Having fractured his right wrist and left elbow and cracked his ribs, he just brushed himself off and rode home.
In his first interview since Monday’s accident, he said: “I got up and cycled home then went to bed and woke up in the morning in a lot of pain and then went to hospital.
“I didn’t even know anything was broken until the next morning.”
I’m told that contrary to reports, there was no car involved in the incident and Ed simply fell off before riding himself home.
Ed Sheeran revealed he did not go to the hospital following his accident[/caption]
Ed Sheeran happily spoke to fans at the Q Awards once inside the event[/caption]
And while the singer has been forced to cancel a series of gigs in the “immediate future” he’s not just sat at home wallowing while watching reruns of JEREMY KYLE. He was out yesterday, with both arms in plaster and one in a sling too on the Q Awards’ red carpet at the Roundhouse in Camden, North London.
But he won’t have been knocking back booze at the notoriously lairy do.
He explained: “Apparently if I drink it slows the healing down so I’m not drinking but I’ve got The JONATHAN ROSS Show so I can’t drink anyway.”
Meanwhile any painkillers he has been prescribed might also be handy for some earache he’s bound to get from pals.
The singer revealed that because of his injuries he’s been unable to text friends back or to email them, and has had to set an out of office reply just to let people know what has happened. He complained: “I can’t type.”
At least he didn’t go home empty-handed at the awards do yesterday, scooping the gong for Best Act In the World Today.
Ed Sheeran confirmed he’ll be back performing in one month after breaking his wrist[/caption]
He dedicated it to his PR team, giving a particular nod to his “press girl Claire Coster” before adding: “I know I’m a bit of a cripple today. This is a bit heavy.”
She can carry his trophy home for him.
He’s oll riled over Si
Olly has finally aired his frustrations at ex-boss SIMON COWELL and his old colleagues, claiming he was unappreciated and ignored during his stint co-hosting his show in 2015.
Olly Murs admitted he felt ‘underappreciated’ by his ex-boss Simon Cowell[/caption]
He said: “One of the most frustrating things for me on X Factor was any time I was trying to mentor or speak to the contestants, the guys didn’t really care.
“I haven’t heard from Simon or spoken to him, so if he’s upset and he wants to call me, then call me.
“The fact is I took this position on The Voice because it wasn’t about me being a presenter.”
Olly Murs allegedly upset Simon Cowell after he took a job on The Voice[/caption]
Olly said that despite being a guest judge on X Factor, he had never been asked to take the role permanently.
He explained: “That’s something I wanted to give more of.
“What sold this show to me was that I was given the chance to be me as an artist.
An insider said Simon Cowell isn’t happy about Olly Murs swapping allegiances[/caption]
“I’ve learnt so much over the past eight or nine years. I’m not just doing this for the money or s**ts and giggles.”
He certainly has the credentials after selling more than 17million records.
But I doubt Simon will be tuning in . . .
LIAM PAYNE seems happier than ever now he is with CHERYL – but his new tune tells of trickier times.
Bedroom Floor channels the heartache of an ex who calls off their relationship, only to end up hooking up with him again.
In the chorus, he sings: “You said it was over, but your clothes say different on my bedroom floor.”
It’s great to see a different side of Liam on this song.
This makes me very excited for his album.
Robbie is warming to Blaize
ROBBIE WILLIAMS isn’t spending his time off just watching Strictly after cancelling his tour due to back problems.
He is secretly helping launch the solo career of the show’s resident band crooner TOMMY BLAIZE, whose smooth vocals have driven the dancers on the ballroom floor for more than a decade.
Robbie Williams has been spending his time off helping Strictly’s Tommy Blaize launch his solo career[/caption]
Treacle-toned Tommy has just announced the release of his debut solo album, Life and Soul, via Universal Music On Demand on December 1.
He said in an exclusive chat: “I loved working with Rob and he has encouraged me to make my album.
“I would drink fizzy drinks and he would say, ‘How much sugar is in that fizzy drink? You’ve got to stop the sugar’. He was absolutely right.”
Tommy didn’t reveal how their friendship came about, but Rob is no stranger to the show. He entertained the audience on several occasions, including with TAKE THAT on their tune The Flood in 2010 and with GARY BARLOW in 2012 for a duet of Shame.
Tommy, who has worked with some of the world’s most renowned artists, including STEVIE WONDER and AMY WINEHOUSE, will now be aiming to prove he’s a star in his own right with his first solo record, a collection of soul classics such as Let’s Stay Together and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
Hopefully he won’t do a Robbie and leave his band needing a new member next year. . .
Scarlett loose by her boyfriend
The I’m A Celebrity winner, who turned 27 on Tuesday, has confirmed that hairdresser Luke has called time on their love.
Scarlett Moffatt splits from boyfriend Luke Crodden for a second time this year[/caption]
She said: “Me and Luke have finished due to a number of different things. It was Luke’s choice in the end but it’s because we both just see each other in more of a friendly way than a romance way.
“We both respect and love each other enough to know we need to call it a day and not be one of those couple’s that’s off and on.
“ I wish him all the luck and happiness in the world.”
Scarlett had previously told how she hoped to marry Luke and have children together.
The couple, who got together in January last year, split for the first time in February – just three months after they relocated from Newcastle to London.
I then told how they were giving things another go, but sadly it’s over for good this time.
Just in time for Scarlett to go to Australia to present the I’m A Celebrity spin-off show.
Six weeks in paradise should take her mind off things for a while.
LULU is set to make her chart comeback and it could be with a brand new sound.
The Scottish powerhouse, who first hit the charts in the Sixties, is collaborating with NAUGHTY BOY.
He said: “My parents are big fans. It would be good to show a new side to an experienced artist. It will be Naughty Boy featuring Lulu.”
After working with SAM SMITH and BEYONCE, he has another big name to add to the collection.
Birthday suit, John
JOHN MAYER raised a few eyebrows when he landed in Rio on Monday in this quirky floral suit and red sliders.
The seven-time Grammy winner was celebrating his 40th birthday when he wore the eye-catching ensemble, for his flight to Brazil.
He posted on Instagram: “Let’s go turn 40 on an airplane.”
John’s certainly growing old in style.
- BOX OFFICE: The Lego Ninjago Movie has karate kicked HARRISON FORD and RYAN GOSLING’s Blade Runner 2049 off the top of the box office. The blockbuster has taken £3 million in its first week and becomes the second brick-themed chart-topper this year, following The Lego Batman Movie.
- FASS-INATED: He has built a reputation for taking on serious movie roles but now MICHAEL FASSBENDER is keen to star in a romcom. He said: “If a script is good and it interests me, I will do it. I don’t think there’s ever been a decade that I’ve been around where there hasn’t been romantic comedies.”
- RELEASE: VANESSA HUDGENS is joining cast of JENNIFER LOPEZ’s new chick flick. The High School Musical actress will play a young executive in Second Act, which follows a storage firm worker (J-Lo) who reinvents her life and her lifestyle. ANNALEIGH ASHFORD and LEAH REMINI will also feature.
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