It must have been hard for British actor Joe Alwyn to see Taylor Swift, his six-year-old ex-lover, move on with new man Matty Healy.
But Joe will have the last laugh as he continues to benefit from the songs he wrote with her.
Using his pseudonym William Bowery, Joe helped create the songs Betty and Exile on her 2020 album Folklore, and then contributed to Champagne Problems, Coney Island and the title track of Evermore, also out in 2020.
Then last year he co-wrote Sweet Nothing on their latest #1 album Midnights.
A music insider said: “Joe will be making a fortune off these songs for years to come.
“Taylor’s albums have sold millions of copies and continue to enjoy great popularity on streaming services.
“He will easily earn a five-figure amount every year from his contributions.
“Writing six songs for albums as big as Taylor’s guarantees a healthy income for life.”
The three albums contributed by Brit Joe spent a combined ten weeks at #1.
Midnights, which came out in October, is still in the top ten 28 weeks after its release.
Taylor and Joe’s split was announced in early April and last week The Sun revealed she was dating The 1975 frontman Matty, another Brit.
On Friday, during a performance in Nashville, she announced that her third studio album, 2010’s Speak Now, will be the next to be re-recorded from her back catalog, with six new tracks from her vault.
Of the album, which was released on July 7, she tweeted: “I first did Speak Now, entirely written by myself, between the ages of 18 and 20.
“The songs that came out of this period in my life were characterized by brutal honesty, unfiltered diary-like confessions and wild melancholy.”
And she added, “With six additional songs that I’ve freed from the vault, I can’t wait to celebrate Speak Now.”
ED SHEERAN is poised to set this week’s highest singles chart entry following the release of album ‘Subtract’.
“Curtains” – the eighth track on the album – is at #10 on the Midweek charts.
Another piece of good news for him is that Eyes Closed has moved back from #6 to #3.
NO, Rihanna hadn’t exactly been splashed by a car that went through a puddle when she got out in this mud-stained outfit.
Apparently it’s fashionable and meant to look like it.
She wore the scruffy-looking jacket and miniskirt combo while out and about in New York over the weekend, where she treated the streets like a runway.
The Diamonds singer is well on her way through her second pregnancy and her outfit is from a new collection by designer Mowalola.
However, it shouldn’t be too difficult to make your own.
Stick on something white, dig in the garden and have an outfit like Ri-Ri in no time at all.
Aespa in the mix
There haven’t been many girl groups to replace Little Mix since they went on hiatus a year ago, but Aespa could fill that gap.
The K-pop quartet released a new EP today called My World and it’s packed with hits any pop star would be jealous of.
The group, consisting of Karina, Giselle, Winter and Ningning, have blossomed into their own right of late, showing off their pop prowess on the EP’s stunning, in-your-face single Spicy.
They are also on the soundtrack for the new Tetris movie and have booked a number of festival shows across the US this year.
Korean girl group Blackpink have proved popular here and will be headlining London’s BST Hyde Park in July.
With Aespa following their lead, K-Pop is here to stay.
They have been busy redesigning their back catalog for new album Songs Of Surrender but now U2 are ready to start working on new music.
Guitarist The Edge stated, “We have a lot of great material in the pipeline.
“I’ve been working a lot on new guitar music and I’m very excited about it. It is in the prototype stage.”
Speaking to Guitar Player Mag, he also revealed that the idea of creating Songs Of Surrender came about during lockdown.
He added: “We were due a time-out. We finished our last show in India in December 2019.
“We came home and almost immediately the world turned upside down.
“That time would have been spent working on ideas and new songs in the early stages.”
Lockett back in the bag
BILLY LOCKETT’s two-week UK tour concluded last night in Newcastle – and it was such a success that he feels all his dreams have come true.
He said: “This tour feels like it all came together. It’s everything I’ve dreamed of since I was a child.
“I couldn’t stop crying because it was so hard. I got signed and dropped twice. This is my third deal. And it’s probably my 30th tour.”
The Northampton singer-songwriter has previously toured with Lana Del Rey and Lewis Capaldi and is now working on the follow-up to his February debut LP, Abington Grove.
He added: “I’ve supported everyone under the sun and I’m 31 now.
“I started doing this right when I was 18 and all the stress, worry, overthinking and debt is totally worth it now.”