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.”
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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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Mel C mixes business with pleasure and makes her boyfriend her manager
MELANIE C is making sweet music with her boyfriend in more ways than one – after making him her manager. Mixing business with pleasure is often a recipe for disaster so Mel must be confident her relationship will go the distance after putting fitness fanatic Joe Marshall on the payroll. Their partnership came about after […]
MELANIE C is making sweet music with her boyfriend in more ways than one – after making him her manager.
Mixing business with pleasure is often a recipe for disaster so Mel must be confident her relationship will go the distance after putting fitness fanatic Joe Marshall on the payroll.
Their partnership came about after Mel split from long-term manager Nancy Phillips, who previously looked after the SPICE GIRLS as well as handling the solo careers of VICTORIA BECKHAM, EMMA BUNTON and MEL B.
My source said: “It’s not a long-term plan but if things work out well, who knows what could happen?
“It is a huge display of trust from Mel as her singing career is incredibly important to her.”
The pair have been dating for nearly two years and after I broke the news of their romance, Mel revealed how her man had given her a new-found confidence.
Mel axed manager Nancy Phillips who also managed the Spice Girls[/caption]
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She said: “He challenges me but respects and loves me.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been in a relationship where someone has got my back.”
I hope this doesn’t end on a duff note for them.
Ellie Goulding racks up the air miles for US romance with art dealer Caspar Jopling
ELLIE GOULDING is so Starry Eyed for her new boyfriend she’s commuting 3,459 miles to see him. Things are getting serious between the pop star and art dealer Caspar Jopling. I can reveal Ellie has been making the tiring eight-hour trip between London and New York to spend time with Caspar. He is based in […]
ELLIE GOULDING is so Starry Eyed for her new boyfriend she’s commuting 3,459 miles to see him.
Things are getting serious between the pop star and art dealer Caspar Jopling.
I can reveal Ellie has been making the tiring eight-hour trip between London and New York to spend time with Caspar. He is based in the Big Apple and works at auction house Sotheby’s.
A source tells me: “Ellie has been racking up the air miles by travelling across the pond on a regular basis to see Caspar.
“It’s a big commitment but Ellie doesn’t want to endure a transatlantic romance.
“She is in the fortunate position where her job enables her to be based in different countries when her schedule isn’t packed with promo duties and shows.
“Currently it’s much easier for her to travel than it is for Caspar, and Ellie is willing to put the work in.
“Any free time she has is mainly spent in New York and it really helps that she loves spending time there.
“She hasn’t moved over full-time as she still has her pad in London but who knows what the future holds?”
The source added: “Caspar has become a rock to Ellie.
“He helped her earlier this year when she was suffering from exhaustion and needed a break from the industry.”
In recent months Ellie has shared her US adventures with her fans on Instagram by posting pictures of her travels through the city and boxing in a gym.
Not only that but Ellie has also been inspired by her cultured lover, who is the nephew of renowned art mogul Jay Jopling.
A source added: “Ellie has taken a very keen interest in art and loves to hear what has just come into Sotheby’s.
“Caspar has been advising her on how she could invest her money by buying different pieces and this week Ellie went to the Art Basel fair in Miami to try to acquire some art.”
Let’s just hope she avoided picking up a BRITNEY SPEARS original painting.
Check out Rita
RITA ORA has a clever way of making sure everyone checks her out – by wearing the print all over her body.
The pop star took to the stage at London’s O2 last night wearing a daring outfit straight out of cult Nineties movie Clueless.
And after she ditched her trousers for a pair of granny pants, it’s no wonder that NIALL HORAN revealed he caught her soundcheck earlier in the day at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola.
Rita was dressed up as a sexy Santa backstage, inset, and provided two early festive presents of her own in a plunging fur-trimmed red dress.
Yule certainly be a festive delight, Rita.
Ewan me are clones
The pair went public with their new relationship last month after The Sun on Sunday pictured the married actor passionately kissing his Fargo co-star in a London cafe.
And ever since the lovebirds have been pictured together in matching clobber.
I’d love to know what Ewan’s estranged wife Eve Mavrakis makes of it all.
No doubt she’s probably burnt any items she owns that even remotely look like ones that used to appear in Ewan’s wardrobe.
My exclusive shots show Ewan and Mary Elizabeth stepping out at a holiday dinner party in Los Angeles earlier this week, which was also attended by the likes of SAM ROCKWELL and DELTA GOODREM.
After an initial glum-looking exit, the pair were soon in hysterics and stopped to hug each other.
Maybe Mary Elizabeth had just told Ewan that he’d picked up her blouse by mistake.
Pussycat Dolls reunion hits a rough patch
THE much- anticipated reunion of THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS has already hit a rocky patch.
The girls – NICOLE SCHERZINGER, ASHLEY ROBERTS, KIMBERLY WYATT, JESSICA SUTTA and MELODY THORNTON – have fallen out just weeks after getting back together.
And it’s not X Factor judge Nicole who is calling the diva shots.
The girls have already fallen out ahead of the reunion[/caption]
A source said: “She has no problem with the other girls singing when they reunite.
“Problems have arisen as some want more of a presence on the group’s tracks, and are refusing to sign up until they get it.”
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The Jungle Bell Ball
- SAM SMITH made a 007-style entrance to the Ball by hiring a speedboat to get to the venue.
A source said: “Sam was on the other side of London doing promotional work so decided the quickest route to the O2 Arena was by speedboat down the Thames rather than risk getting stuck in Christmas traffic.”
Better than battling the crowds down on the stuffy Tube.
- ONE DIRECTION have enjoyed a mini reunion thanks to NIALL HORAN and LIAM PAYNE’s touring schedule. The former bandmates played the Ball on different days but have been hanging out in the US. Niall said: “I’ve been doing the Jingle Ball in the States and our dressing rooms were near each other. We jumped back in like it never stopped. We had a good laugh.” Oh, to have been a fly on the wall.
Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley reveals she keeps Star Wars secrets from her boyfriend and how she deals with sudden fame
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STAR WARS actress Daisy Ridley has told how she needed the Force with her to keep the latest epic’s secrets – and revealed she did not even tell her boyfriend.
The 25-year-old, who returns as heroine Rey in new instalment The Last Jedi, was sworn to secrecy about the plot twists and turns that are set to thrill fans.
Daisy, who is dating her Murder on the Orient Express co-star Tom Bateman, refused his pleas for “spoilers” for months during filming.
But she admitted it had been a struggle not to tell all.
She said: “You get used to the secrecy to the point where you don’t even think about it any more, as you know you can’t say anything.
“Some of the Orient Express cast, including Tom, were trying to get details out of me but I was well behaved and told them nothing.
“Dame Judi Dench was another one, which was surreal. One of the all-time great British actresses and one of my inspirations was trying to get information out of me.”
London-born Daisy, who dropped out of university to concentrate on acting, was a virtual unknown when she was hand-picked for the lead role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.
But being catapulted to global stardom almost overnight by joining the sci-fi franchise was so overwhelming that she had therapy to help her cope.
‘Carrie didn’t want dates to say they had sex with Leia’
She said: “I’m not sure I will ever call my life normal now but I suppose you would say I am getting used to a new normal.
“Still sometimes the pressure will get too much and I will be crying to my mum on the phone, but it’s getting better.
“I think it’s made me realise that the little things in life are actually the big things, and that a hug from Mum and a proper cup of tea makes the world good again.
“But I also think we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about our feelings if we feel depressed or anxious.
“Adjusting to what it means to be in Star Wars was hard and I needed to talk it through with somebody.”
She added: “Self-esteem in teenagers is a cause that is very close to my heart.
“I just want every teenager out there who is worried about things to know it’s all going to be OK.
“The world can be such a daunting place for young people, with pressure, expectation, image concerns, but ultimately it’s always OK and I believe we all end up where we should.”
Daisy admits that at first she struggled with the role of Jakku scavenger Rey in other ways too — she found wielding a lightsaber tougher than it looks. But after a lot of practice she reckons she is now a seasoned pro with every schoolboy’s favourite weapon.
Asked how she found returning to her character, Daisy said: “At first it’s a little strange getting back into it, thinking, ‘Where is the character going to go?’
“But the brilliance of the writing makes it so much easier.
“And I felt much more confident fighting with a lightsaber in my scenes this time round. I’ve done a lot of intense training, so I felt a lot stronger and more capable with it.”
The Last Jedi will be all the more poignant for Star Wars fans because it features the final scenes from screen legend Carrie Fisher. She achieved global stardom as icon Princess Leia and had been set to reprise the role before she died last December, aged just 60.
She became seriously ill on a flight from London to Los Angeles and died after four days in intensive care.
The film’s producer, Kathleen Kennedy, has revealed that General Organa — as Princess Leia was later known — had been set to play a far bigger role in the films to come.
And Daisy, who grew close to Carrie after she took her under her wing on set, told how the Star Wars veteran had helped her to come to terms with the demands of fame.
She said: “It is important that we honour Carrie. Not only is she Star Wars royalty, but she was an amazing person who I am incredibly fortunate to have known.
“I could talk all day about the advice she gave me.
“There were times through it all when I felt like I was shrinking. She told me never to shrink away from it, that it should be enjoyed.
“But she did tell me she had found dating very hard.
“She admitted she never wanted to give people the ability to say, ‘I had sex with Princess Leia’.”
Daisy is now based mainly in New York, but travelled to a series of far-flung places while filming for The Last Jedi, including Utah, Bolivia and Croatia.
And while she says she loves exploring exotic locations, she insists that nowhere comes close to equalling Britain.
She said: “I do miss England. I am so fortunate that I get to see so many amazing places around the world but there is nowhere like home.
“I spend a lot of time in New York and I am probably one of the few Brits living abroad who actually misses British weather.
“What do I miss the most? Aside from friends and family, obviously, I really miss Marmite as well.
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“And Keeping Up Appearances, which is absolutely hilarious and always makes me smile.
“They do show it over here in the States sometimes, but I have no idea what Americans make of it.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in cinemas from Thursday.
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