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Avicii tops Spotify's inaugural Top 25 Artists Under 25 list

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Spotify listeners really, really like Avicii.

The EDM star leads Spotify’s first-ever Top 25 Artists Under 25 list, a ranking of the most influential young music-makers. The streaming service looked at No. 1 hits, volume and growth of streams and shares, and viral chart success from the last year to compile the results.

Avicii easily took the top spot — the 24-year-old Swedish DJ’s track “Wake Me Up” is the most-streamed song in Spotify history. He’s also the first artist under 25 to reach one billion streams on the site. READ FULL STORY

Did One Direction rip off their 'You and I' video? Australian act Clubfeet says yes

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Intercontinental tween-pop superstars One Direction aren’t exactly considered the most visually compelling act out there, unless you’re counting the remarkable bit of bio-engineering that is Harry Styles’ hair.

But last week, they premiered a brand new video for their single “You & I” featuring a bunch of pretty impressive cloning effects. The only problem? They appear to have ripped off the idea wholesale.

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Brit Awards 2014: Lorde, One Direction among winners at U.K. show

David Bowie stole the show at Wednesday’s Brit music awards without even showing up, while Arctic Monkeys took home two big trophies at British music’s leading prize night.

The 67-year-old Bowie, who is enjoying a renaissance with his first album in a decade, “The Next Day,” was named British male artist of the year. The trophy was accepted by supermodel Kate Moss. She was sent, presenter Noel Gallagher joked, as New York-based Bowie’s “representative on Earth.”

Moss wore one of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust outfits from the 1970s as she read out an enigmatic speech from the musician. Bowie quoted a Japanese myth and declared himself “completely delighted” to be named best male — “But I am, aren’t I, Kate?” The speech ended with an appeal to Scots not to vote for independence in a referendum later this year: “Scotland, please stay with us.”

The evening’s biggest winner was rough-edged northern English rock band Arctic Monkeys, who won album of the year for “AM” and were named best British group for a third time. “There’s the 15 quid we put on One Direction to win down the drain,” lead singer Alex Turner quipped.

The band was one of the few winners not to dutifully thank their label and management.

“Rock ‘n’ roll,” Turner said, accepting the album prize. “It seems like it has faded away sometimes, but it will never die.”

Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Nile Rodgers, Arctic Monkeys, and Beyonce were among the performers during the flashy Brits ceremony at London’s O2 arena. Music legend Prince — who is in the midst of a string of British dates — showed up with his band 3RDEYEGIRL to present the award for best British female artist to singer Ellie Goulding. READ FULL STORY

Watch One Direction run amok in their 'Midnight Memories' video

House parties! Late-night kebabs! Literal motorboating!

The One Direction lads — a.k.a. 2013′s Top Global Recording Artists — do it all and more in their new video for “Midnight Memories.” The evening begins innocuously enough, with the five boys hanging around what looks to be the end of a substandard house party. So they blow the joint and hit the London streets… and then the Thames… and then the Tower Bridge?

If it sounds kind of weird, it’s because it is. This is what happens when our country’s legal drinking age is 18! Take a look at all their antics in the energetic clip below:

One Direction tops album chart, makes history

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If you see the One Direction boys dancing all night to the best song ever tonight, be sure to raise a pint: The British boy band has landed Midnight Memories atop this week’s album charts and made history along the way, Billboard reports.

The quintet’s latest sold 546,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, making them the first group to see all of their first three albums bow at No. 1. Notably, the numbers have grown with each effort: Up All Night and sophomore effort Take Me Home, both of which saw stateside release just last year, sold 176,000 and 540,000 respectively.

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One Direction announce North American tour and which members are still single on 'Good Morning America'- VIDEO

Hold onto your knickers and industrial sculpting paste — One Direction is coming to North America.

Well technically, they’re already here. The British boy band appeared on Good Morning America to announce their North American tour in a dusky Central Park. The air was thick with what looked to be simulated fog… or the collective vaporized breath of a thousand screaming teenage girls.

“This is how you roll,” said anchor Robin Roberts. “We usually don’t roll this early,” replied Harry Styles.

Their “special announcement” was that they’re bringing their “Where We Are” tour to North America. Tickets go on sale in December, with the first stop in Toronto on Aug. 1. Roberts also asked the question that was undoubtedly pulsating throughout the wall of girlish shrieks, “Who’s still on the market?”

Harry Styles raised his hand and that other bloke that isn’t Harry Styles (Niall Horan) did too. They also performed “Best Song Ever,” “Story of My Life,” and “What Makes You Beautiful.”

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What you didn't see on TV at the American Music Awards: Gaga, Katy, Miley, Rihanna, and more

The night started with a gallop, as we saw Lady Gaga make the type of grand entrance onto the red carpet we’ve come to expect — this time by riding a white “horse.” But then we headed inside the packed Nokia Theatre, where things only got crazier.

Before the ABC telecast began, executive producer Larry Klein welcomed the audience to what he called “the biggest music party of the year.”

Katy Perry opened the show with a Geisha-themed performance of her new song “Unconditionally,” with a cascade of flower petals falling on the stage towards the end. The only problem was that the petals continued to fall throughout the show, even briefly interrupting One Direction and Ariana Grande’s performances.
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On the scene with One Direction: 'We're bringing the 80s back' on new album

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One Direction’s third studio album, Midnight Memories, doesn’t come out until next Tuesday (Nov. 26), but that didn’t stop the boys from hosting an intimate listening party for a couple hundred of their biggest fans on Nov. 22 in Los Angeles.

The event, which was moderated by television and radio personality Ryan Seacrest, took place at Los Angeles’ new iHeart Radio Theater and featured live performances of new songs and old favorites as well as a question-and-answer segment with fans in the audience.

EW sat down with the boys after the listening party and asked them all about the process of making their third studio album. Read on to find out what they said about their more mature sound.

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One Direction's 'Story of My Life' puts you inside band's family portraits -- VIDEO

Since there is no limit to the stats One Direction fans will collect about their favorite fivesome, Directioners are really going to eat up the very personal just-released music video for “Story of My Life.”

The clip shows Harry, Liam, Niall, Zayn, and Louis developing childhood pictures in a dark room before those photos come to life, complete with the guys’ real family members. Zayn’s sister puts her hair in pigtails to re-create a photo of the two as kids. And, in an especially touching moment, a picture of Louis with his grandparents and great-grandparents is shown, only to have his great-grandparents fade away when the picture enters the present.

Get inside the boy band’s life story below:
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One Direction strum up folky heartache on new single 'Story of My Life' -- LISTEN

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Forget about electric guitars — the lads of One Direction have a new favorite instrument: the kickdrum.

The percussive pounder has made a comeback thanks to Mumford & Sons, and now acts like Gavin Degraw, Lady Antebellum, and, yep, One Direction, are releasing folk-infused singles to radio.

The boy band’s new track “Story of My Life,” which will appear on the upcoming Midnight Memories (their third disc in less than three years), slows things way down from “What Makes You Beautiful” or “Best Song Ever,” though it still proves propulsive. Per usual, the boys take turns singing on the verses, though the chorus seems to feature Harry Styles’ rasp much louder than any of his other bandmates.

Lyrically, the song invites some shades of grey into One Direction’s normally sunny universe as they sing about a torrid romance. “The story of my life: I give her hope,” they wail, but then flip the switch and say, “I spend her love until she’s broke inside.” The writing isn’t all so tight — for instance: “Written on these walls are the colors that I can’t change/Leave my heart open but it stays right here in its cage” — but it’s not unlike Phillip Phillips’ smash “Home” in tone or sentiment.

The die-hard Directioners will eat this up, but casual fans who like their boy bands peppy and poppy (i.e. more “Larger Than Life” than “Shape of My Heart”) may prove tougher to convince. Give the song a listen and weigh in with your thoughts below: READ FULL STORY

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