Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work From Home’ is LIFE!

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Rihanna, take note. This is how a song about ‘work’ should be!

Fifth Harmony are back at it again with the white vans their new single Work From Home and it is simply everything it needed to be (and a little bit more). If you don’t want to take my word for it check out the video below:

Gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, 7/27, and hoping to match (or out-do) the success of their hit single Worth It, they’ve come out with a bang and are ready to rule. Split rumours be damned!

Keep up the good work girls! Maybe you’re Work From Home can inspire Rihanna do some Work in the studio!

 

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#WomanCrushWednesday: Megan McKenna

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a Woman Crush Wednesday, and I thought it would be fitting to have someone who has sincerely won my heart. The beautiful, albeit slightly terrifying Megan McKenna!

I watched the first series of Ex on the Beach when it was first on, and I thought it was good TV. Trashy, entertaining, but altogether a bit forgettable. So I never actually saw her debut in series 3. My first encounter with Megan McKenna was her stint on Celebrity Big Brother.

At first, I thought she was just another random hot girl who was going to be a bitch, but by the end of her 18 day stay in the Big Bro house, I was gutted that she was evicted! To most she’s just a ditsy, reality TV/glamour model who knows how to throw a tantrum, but she’s so much more than that!

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Yes, she can be feisty, but all the times she ‘kicked off’ in the house were completely justified and I probably would have reached a breaking point similar to hers (although I don’t think I would have been quite as full on!). She’s a strong woman who knows how to stand up for herself when she needs to (or when she’s drunk!). She also seemed incredibly genuine and grounded, just a nice, normal girl with good values. It’s nice to see someone be so real in a situation that can often bring on a heightened sense of reality. Not to mention the fact she is stunning, especially after the launch night where she was all made up with big hair, full face of make-up and tanned like a brown leather sofa. She looks beautiful with her hair up in a bun and little to no make up on.

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After she was evicted, my sister and I started watching Ex on the Beach, eagerly awaiting series 3 to have our Megan McKenna fix! And once again, she does not disappoint! Her choice in men may have been questionable, and she may have been a bit rowdier than her CBB appearance, but it made me love her even more! She reminds me of the friends I made in uni, who I had to pull out of drunken fights that had started for no reason (that was when they weren’t doing the same for me!).

I’m just finishing up series 3 and I’m so excited to know she’ll be back for series 4!

Fun Facts about Megan McKenna

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  • Megan is really into her singing, and has taken part in singing competitions as well as uploading videos to her YouTube channel.
  • Her aspirational singing career has lead her to perform in front of Simon Cowell on  Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor.
  • Essex girl at heart, she has even appeared in TOWIE  when she auditioned to be in Jess Wright’s girl group LOLA.
  • Apart from Gemma Collins, Megan is quite close with some other TOWIE stars such as Danielle Armstrong and James Lock. Two of her best friends have just joined the cast for the new series. Megan, PLEASE GET ON TOWIE!!

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Gwen Stefani’s Make Me Like You Video is AMAZING!

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Yesterday Gwen Stefani filmed the music video for her new single, the cheesy love song Make Me Like You LIVE during a commercial break of The Grammy’s (where Taylor Swift once again dominated and put Kanye West back in his place!).

Gwen’s video is really special, and she managed to pull it off, even though there were a couple of moments that had me worried! Check it out below:

It’s like Grease: Live all over again!

Brilliant video, super-catchy song, and Gwen Stefani looks younger than she did in 2006!

Rihanna’s Anti: Two Weeks Later

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After one of the most confusing and frustrating releases of all time, Rihanna’s Anti album finally started its roll out to Tidal (uuugh!), Apple Music and eventually Spotify and physical stores at the end of January. Not with a bang like Beyoncé’s self-titled 2013 release, or even with an aggressive lead-up campaign of singles and appearances like its predecessors, but ultimately with a quiet and anti-climatic digital release onto an unpopular music platform service.

I won’t even get started on my hatred of Tidal -I think I’ll leave that for a separate, venomous post, but I feel like I have to express my disappointment in Rihanna’s approach to this album. Ever since FourFiveSeconds was released in January 2015, fans have been eagerly awaiting her album, only to be left in anticipation for another year while she continued to smoke and party the year away.

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By the time Anti made it onto my iPhone two weeks ago, it was not what it needed to be after the delayed build up. Fans who are looking for another collection of club anthems like We Found Love and Only Girl (In the World), or even 2015’s trap-pop banger Bitch Better Have My Money will indeed be disappointed, especially because BBHMM didn’t make the final cut! But if you can get over the fact that Anti isn’t going to get you bobbing in the club, you can possibly appreciate the mellowed vibe the Bajan pop star and her team have created here.

As a singer, Rihanna is incredibly talented. Her vocals are unique and diverse enough to take her through any genre. Kiss It Better (which should definitely be the second single!) sees her tackle a soft-rock power ballad, full of soaring guitar solos and dreamy vocal filters. Then on lead single Work she sounds drunk, stoned, or possibly both as she slurs out the lyrics, her thick Bajan accent turned to the max. It may be her weakest lead single to date, But when heard in conjunction with the rest of the album, it fits in well.

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Other highlights on the album include the DJ Mustard produced, ex-bashing Needed Me, where flickers of the bad gal Ri Ri can be found on lyrics like ‘Tryna fix your inner issues with a bad bitch, didn’t they tell you that I was a savage?’, and throwback track Love On The Brain, another example of Rihanna’s versatility.

Anti works best when listened to in its entirety. Songs like Higher and Yeah, I Said It for example aren’t deserving of a radio release, but have earned their place on the album, even if they feel a little bit like filler.

If it had been released twelve months ago, or branded as a side project or mix tape instead of a comeback album, I would have praised Anti as a brave new direction for the pop star. It probably wouldn’t have been so polarizing if people hadn’t been expecting a return to form for so long. Unfortunately that is a consequence of the poorly timed, badly marketed project. Ultimately the delay created doubt in the public’s minds and brought momentum to a halt, and Anti was doomed before it was even released.

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Although the music is a far cry from what we are used to hearing from Rihanna, it fits her like a glove and as a whole it is probably one of her most cohesive albums. It’s the kind of album I want to hear while at the beach, sipping cocktails and contemplating life (unfortunately I don’t smoke weed, because I’m sure that’s how Ms. Fenty intended it to be enjoyed!). But in the long run people want the bad-ass, smack talking, pussy-popping princess of pop Rihanna, not the Anti-Rihanna, who has proven to be underwhelming and incredibly tardy.

Final Grade: ♥♥♥ (3/5)

Repeat: Kiss It Better, Needed Me, Pose and Sex With Me (the last two are bonus tracks and the closest to BBHMM-style bangers we get on Anti!)

Skip: James’ Joint, Goodnight Gotham and Same Ol’ Mistakes (good but too long! no song should be over 4.5 minutes long)

#ManCrushMonday: Henry Cavill

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To mark the return of Man Crush Monday, I’ve picked a SUPER man to save the day!

As I’ve mentioned before, Superman is my absolute favourite superhero! I love all his incarnations, although I am especially fond of Tom Welling’s Smallville Clark Kent. And just like the rest of the world, I am eagerly anticipating the latest installment of the Man of Steel franchise, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

Current Superman and British heartthrob Henry Cavill is quite easily the sexiest, manliest Kal El we’ve had so far (sorry Dean Cain!). He’s just so ruggedly handsome and… furry. He’s definitely a welcome break from the clean cut, smooth and muscular goody-two -shoes we normally get from the DC hero, and Henry is to thank for that, seeing as he fought for his right to go all-natural!

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Mr. Cavill has starred in some great films and television series, long before becoming the Man of Steel on the big screen. With films such as Immortals and The Man From U.N.C.L.E, he’s more than proved his leading man status in Hollywood.

As he prepares for his role in the first Justice League film, Henry took to Instagram to share his strenuous (and shirtless) workout, almost breaking the internet in the process:

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Glad to see he is taking his fitness so seriously!

Fun Facts About Henry Cavill

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  • We may know him as Superman, but according to Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, she always envisioned him as the only actor who could pull off Edward Cullen (No one tell R-Patz!). But by the time production had started he was too old to play 17.
  • For a brief period in 2013, he dated nerd bait Kaley Cuoco (Penny from the Big Bang Theory). The two were papped together non-stop for two weeks before it all ended!
  • Unsurprisingly, Henry is a big fan of rugby and used to be a skilled player. Sadly, he had to give up the sport due to injuries.
  • 2013’s Man of Steel wasn’t his first attempt at wearing the red cape. He came very close to playing the part in the 2006 film Superman Returns, but the part eventually went to Brendan Routh.
  • Henry is really good with his tongue… He speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Italian (get your minds out of the gutters people!).

And to bring to a close another sexy #ManCrushMonday, here’s a wet Henry to cool you down:

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#ManCrushMonday: Olly Murs

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If like me you tune into The X Factor on a weekly basis, you will hopefully appreciate this week’s Man Crush Monday… Olly Murs!

As much as I loved Dermot O’Leary on a Saturday & Sunday night, I have to say, cheeky chappy Olly Murs is a welcome replacement. His flirtatious banter with Caroline Flack and occasional word vomit have kept me entertained since August, so I think this week he deserves a little attention!

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Since 2009 (yes 2009!), Olly Murs has been gracing us with his presence on radio and television alike. As one of the most successful X Factor runner-ups, his career has gone from strength to strength, including 4 UK number one singles, a few (minor) successes in the US, and now his presenting role on The X Factor has brought him full circle.

Essex boy at heart, one of the things I like about Olly is how genuine and ‘normal’ he seems. I can imagine him having a pint in a pub with the lads, or enjoying a curry takeaway while watching I’m A Celebrity with the missus. I may be wrong, but I like to imagine him as a typical British boy next door. Except when he’s stripping down into a questionable thong on stage of course:

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As well as a great, positive attitude, a  I am extremely jealous of the Troublemakers closet, and would like to spend an hour or so in there with him… Picking out clothes for myself of course! Although for you to really appreciate his dress sense, you will have to look elsewhere because most of the pictures in this post feature very little clothing.

Fun Facts About Olly Murs

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  • Olly has a twin brother, but they are estranged, because Olly missed his wedding because due to The X Factor in 2009.
  • In 2007 he appeared on Deal or No Deal and went on to win a WHOPPING £10! (I’m sure his X Factor money doesn’t even compare!).
  • Despite his very successful and lucrative pop career, Olly continued to live with his parents until 2012 (three years after his run on The X Factor).
  • Before finding fame, Mr. Murs worked in a call centre and was part of a band called Small Town Blaggers.
  • During that time, he auditioned for The X Factor twice, failing on both occasions!

And there you have it, everything you need to know about Olly Murs, along with some skin-flashing images to perk up your Monday! Be careful when looking at these pictures, as they may cause your heart to skip a beat… (See what I did there? :-P)

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#ManCrushMonday: Matt Bomer (Part Two)

MB3Oh Monday, how quickly you come back around! Following a week of very extensive journalistic research, I’ve come back to talk about the very talented, very delicious Matt Bomer.

Last week I mentioned how Mr. Bomer has been a star on the rise, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been easy for the openly gay actor to receive the recognition that he deserves. More than once he has missed out on high-profile roles, and although no one would ever admit it, it seems to be due to the fact that he is gay. He was even rumoured to have been up for the role of Christian Grey, before he lost out to Jamie Dornan. As much as I love Jamie, Matt would’ve made an excellent Grey (he’s who I would’ve pictured!).

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Being a handsome, openly gay actor in Hollywood can be a blessing and a curse, so it’s good to see him coming out on top! As well as choosing leading man roles, Matt has pushed himself as a method actor too. His role in Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart saw the actor lose 40 pounds to play a gay man dying of AIDS. He continues to challenge himself as an actor, and his filmography is extremely diverse, as well as entertaining.

MB8One of the things that I really admire about Matt is his relationship and family life. He has been happily married to publicist Simon Halls since 2011 and is the father of three sons. In an interview with Out magazine in 2014 he very eloquently described how he balances his personal life with his acting persona:

‘I felt a responsibility to Simon and to our kids to be able to live with integrity and not have some strange split psychology of, “This is who my dad is at home, and this is who he is to the public,”. That trumped any type of professional repercussions that it could have had.’

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  • Matt Bomer’s sexuality was always considered an open secret, and although he never really publicly came out, it came to be general knowledge when he thanked Simon and his boys during an acceptance speech for his Steve Chase Humanitarian Award.
  • Believe it or not, Matt has been a DILF for over ten years now! The couples three sons were all born via surrogacy. Kit was born in 2005 and Walker and Henry (a set of twins) were born in 2008.
  • As well as missing out on the role of sex-enthusiast Christian Grey, Bomer was also rumoured to be in the running for the role of Clark Kent/Superman in Man of Steel before Henry Cavill won the role. He had also auditioned for the role in the 2006 film Superman Returns. He eventually went on to voice the character in the animated film Superman: Unbound. Close enough I guess!
  • Bomer practices the Transcendental Meditation technique. This requires the use of a mantra and 15-20 minutes of eyes-closed meditation per day.
  • Matt Bomer is a distant cousin of Justin Timberlake! They both share descendance from Edward Bomer, who was born in 1690. Random! (they also shared a screen in the film In Time).

And there we have it. I can’t believe we’ve come to the end of Matt Bomer’s two week run as #ManCrushMonday! but rest assured, I will continue to keep a close eye on him, just in case we find it necessary to feature him in a part three! 😉

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