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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

Miley Cyrus beats One Direction's most-viewed record

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Oh, it’s on.

In June, Miley Cyrus’s Gaga-on-acid video for “We Can’t Stop” racked up 10.7 million views in just 24 hours, giving it more play in a single day than any other video in Vevo history. One month later, British boy band One Direction rudely wrested away Miley’s crown (and, perhaps, her skull made of french fries) when their own video for “Best Song Ever” won 10.9 million views in one day.

Now, though, things have come full circle, thanks to Miley’s boobs newest surreal mini-movie.

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One Direction announces new album 'Midnight Memories'

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First they wanted you up all night, then they wanted you to take them home, and now they want to make some midnight memories. How very PG-13 for the current reigning boy band!

One Direction — that’s Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson — have announced the release of their third album, Midnight Memories, out Nov. 25. The album follows 2012’s Take Me Home and 2011’s Up All Night.

Coming off their 3-D concert movie (which has made $19 million since being released last week) and their VMA win for “Best Song Ever,” the boys are poised to get even bigger… but their pop-y smooth sound may get a rougher edge this time around. “[It's a] very rock direction,” Payne said of the new album. “We actually spent a lot of time writing this album. We’re very proud of it, so we can’t wait for it to come out.”

It’s no surprise that the guys, known for their rabid fan base, announced the album title via an Instagram video — and of course Styles couldn’t resist being his typical joke-y self. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus and the rise of #YOLO pop

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One week ago, Miley Cyrus left the nation reeling after her performance of “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines” at the Video Music Awards. Parents watched in horror as the girl they remembered as Hannah Montana twerked in a teddy-bear leotard, gyrated on Robin Thicke‘s crotch in nothing more than a creamsicle bikini, and rubbed her nether-regions with a phallic foam finger. The whole display was provocative, pointless, and, for most viewers, shocking.

But in all actuality, Cyrus’ deliberately vexing presentation wasn’t shocking at all. “We Can’t Stop” is a natural extension of the “Can’t Be Tamed” philosophy that Cyrus has been peddling since 2010. And by the same token, the song — in its irreverent disregard of all people in the name of a good time — is the crystallization of pop music’s ideals over the past year. In the wake of fun.‘s “We Are Young,” pop has quickly become a medium that worships its own youth unabashedly. Granted, pop music has always heralded youth (tellingly, Justin Timberlake, 32, was given a legacy prize at this year’s VMAs) — but it’s never been so self-aware about it.

“It’s not just about being like, ‘We don’t care what people say,'” Cyrus said of “We Can’t Stop” during a Billboard cover shoot in June. “It’s about living for right now.” In the same interview Cyrus said the single’s edgy video was meant to resonate with young people: “I know that we all live for those nights right now. We’re all young,” she said. “I want to talk to my fans about that.” That may sound like a shallow conversation, but currently, it’s the chosen topic in much of 2013’s pop music. READ FULL STORY

How to enrage a One Direction fan in 5 steps

They’re young, they tweet, and man, are they protective of their boys.

One Direction fans are a passionate bunch. So if you happen to find yourself standing in line for One Direction: This Is Us, there are a few things you need to know. Here are five things that will really get the fans fuming:

1. Debate “Larry” vs. “Elounor”
The first thing you need to know about Directioners is that they’re divided into two camps. There are “Larry” shippers, who believe bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles are in a secret romantic relationship that’s being covered up by their handlers (fans claim that Modest! Management won’t let them be photographed without the rest of the boys anymore), and there are “Elounor” shippers, who trust that Tomlinson’s real-life relationship with University of Manchester student Eleanor Calder, is, in fact, real. Engage either side about the validity of Larry and you’re asking for a heated diatribe—or a series of terrifying “I will cut you” tweets. As you’ll learn, the boys’ love lives are not your business… unless, of course, you’re sure that Louis and Harry are depending on you to expose their secret relationship to the world so they can finally be happy. READ FULL STORY

MTV VMAs 2013: 10 things you didn't see on TV

Another MTV Video Music Awards is in the rearview, and this year brought us Katy Perry’s boxing pantomime, Lady Gaga’s seashells in the flesh, and Justin Timberlake’s 20 minutes of magic.

But not every great moment was found by the television cameras, which is why EW was inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to watch what happened in between, and to take notes while wiping away the sweat caused by Drake’s pyrotechnics. Check out some highlights from the view inside the building.

1. DJ Cassidy provided the pre-show and between-segment entertainment inside the Barclays Center, and while nobody cared much about him as they were taking their seats, he accidentally inspired some of the night’s biggest reactions. Case in point: During one commercial break, he spun Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” which inspired a pretty intense singalong even as the show was coming back on the air.

2. The stage crew working the MTV VMAs were super busy, as always: They hustled to deconstruct Lady Gaga’s elaborate set following her show-opening performance, and had to build what was essentially an entire third stage—the one that the other four members of NSYNC emerged from—over the course of a single commercial break. (It was mostly seamless.) READ FULL STORY

One Direction perform for biggest 'Today' crowd ever -- VIDEO

The boys were back — and did they bring a crowd with them! The horde of teens and at least one unemployed mother squatting in Rockefeller Center — who had to be wrangled according to NYPD crowd-control protocols yesterday, by the way — showed no signs of their literally dampened spirit this morning when Harry, Louis, (the newly engaged) Zayn, Niall, and Liam stepped onto the Today Show stage to perform their signature hit “What Makes You Beautiful.” If nothing else, click through to check out the 18,000-strong swarm that Today hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie both deemed “the biggest crowd we’ve ever had [in the plaza].”

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