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One Direction show off their human menagerie in 'Steal My Girl' video

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One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” video is bound to draw criticism for its use of the hoary “white performers with ‘exotic’ dancers” trope and lyrics that fit snugly in the long tradition of songs that treat women like property—and if you give it a straight reading, it’s perfectly understandable that you’d feel that way.

But things are much more interesting if you imagine that the Maasai dancers, sumo wrestlers, mimes, and assorted other types of people who appear alongside the floppy-haired boy band are actually specimens that the group has assembled into a human menagerie, like a more terrestrial version of what The Collector was up to in Guardians of the Galaxy. Coming from that angle, the possessive lyrics–especially the refrain “she belongs to me”—take on a far more literal, far more sinister meaning that considerably improves the song and video alike, and may inspire visions of One Direction owning a human zoo at an estate in a remote corner of the English countryside where they amuse themselves by arranging pit fights between sumo wrestlers and mimes.

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Hear Lorde, Sam Smith, and just about everyone else cover the Beach Boys' 'God Only Knows'

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God only knows how this came together…

In celebration of the launch of BBC Music, the BBC released an all-star cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” It is a sort-of sequel to the BBC’s 1997 all-star cover of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.”

In its fantastical video, complete with butterflies, diamonds, and a trip into the sky, Brian Wilson, the songwriter, is joined by myriad talent. Participants include: Lorde, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Florence Welch, One Direction, Pharrell, Chris Martin, Dave Grohl, Sam Smith,  and many, many, many more.

Watch, and be amazed, below:

 

One Direction channels Journey, gets dad-friendly with 'Steal My Girl'

Did One Direction recently spend some time at the School of Rock? It’s possible—if the School of Rock happens to be headed by Journey.

For the boy band’s latest single, “Steal My Girl,” One Direction takes things in a new, ’80s classic rock direction. More specifically, the opening of “Steal My Girl” is enough to give any Journey fan a bit of deja vu, as the song sounds something like One Direction’s version of Journey’s 1983 hit “Faithfully.” One Direction’s mid-song “na na na na na” even recalls Journey’s mid-song “woah oh oh oh.” It feels a lot like One Direction is trying to make a new name for itself—and it’s not terrible.

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One Direction releases new track, announces upcoming album

One Direction announced the release date for its fourth album, titled—what else?—Four. (The guys must not listen to much Beyoncé.)

The boys of One Direction announced the album on their website, where fans can also download a new track, “Fireproof.” “We hope you enjoy it and we can’t wait for you to listen to the album in full,” they wrote. “Thank you, you guys mean the world to us.”
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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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