Music makes the people come together — but lyrics might be even more powerful as unification tools. Think about it: Whether you’re a rap fiend or a hater of all things hip hop, you have to admire a guy who figures out a way to rhyme “narcissist” with “lobster bisque.” See below to find out what we’ve dubbed 2012′s top five lyrics, which artists warbled 2012′s worst five lyrics, and which lyric won the dubious honor of being the year’s best AND worst at the same time. (Hint: Think “Call Me Maybe.”)
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British boy band One Direction made their return stateside last night for a sold out show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. But the real noise in the arena came from the thousands of screaming girls there to empty their lungs at each and every opportunity. (At one point a teen behind me screamed her brains out and then shrieked, “I don’t even know why I’m screaming!!!” I didn’t know either. One Direction was not scheduled to take the stage for another hour.)
When the band finally did appear and open with “Up All Night”— after an actual countdown clock complete with smoke, strobe lights, and video images of the boys frolicking in a tent — madness ensued. In between crooning favorites like “Live While We’re Young,” “Tell Me a Lie,” and “One Thing,” the band repeatedly expressed wonder at the venue and thanked fans for their support (both vocal and financial). “This place is bloody huge!” yelled Harry Styles. “This is absolutely crazy for everyone to join us from around the world.” Zayn Malik later added that, “I have never been so overwhelmed in my entire life.” READ FULL STORY »
They may have had a trophy-free night at last weekend’s American Music Awards, but One Direction still have the votes of more than half a million album buyers (you know who you are).
For the second time this year, the British boy band has snagged the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart thanks to their sophomore effort Take Me Home. And taken to many homes they were: the group moved 540,000 units in the week, a vast improvement from the 176,000 their record-breaking debut Up All Night earned them back in March.
The new numbers give them the third largest debut week of the year, with only Taylor Swift’s Red (1.2 million) and Mumford & Sons’ Babel (600,000) surpassing them.
Rounding out the top three this week is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack, which pulled off 93,000 in sales for the frame — a decent showing, but markedly less than their first installment’s soundtrack (which debuted at No. 1 with 165,000) or the New Moon edition (which moved 153,000 units).
One Direction’s new album Take Me Home hits U.S. streets today, and the boys in the band won’t let you forget it.
The British group hit up Today this morning, an event that attracted a record-breaking 15,000 shrieking fans to Rockefeller Plaza (and made Music Mix late to work). According to Al Roker, no other group in the history of the Today show has brought in so many fans — so bravo, Harry, Liam, Niall, Zayn, and Louis.
The boys also had a special announcement for Today hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie: they’re having a
“We are going to do our first-ever movie, and it’s going to be in 3-D,” Niall announced.
It’s coming to cinemas near you on the 30th of August, 2013.”
Well, then! Get ready to go through 1D-mania all over again next year. But for now, take a glimpse at their Today performance in the video below:
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Pop music promotion is a funny thing. These days, it seems like the more music you give away early, the more albums you’re destined to sell in the first week.
Taylor Swift sold five separate promotional singles in the lead-up to Red‘s record-breaking debut. Phillip Phillips is offering track samples of every tune from The World from the Side of the Moon at Yahoo! Music. But One Direction is giving their fans a whole other level of access. The British fivesome is allowing their sophomore album Take Me Home to stream in full on iTunes in the week leading up to its Nov. 13 release. (Green Day also just jumped into the full-stream fray with their upcoming Dos!, over at Rollingstone.com.) READ FULL STORY »
One Direction dropped their new Ed Sheeran-penned single, “Little Things” — a followup to their hit “Live While We’re Young” and the second track released from the upcoming Take Me Home — this morning, and as expected, there’s nothing “little” about its online reaction.
Though the official lyric video has only been live for a few hours, it has already received over 127,000 likes and 55,000 comments on YouTube, and as young girls across the U.S. wake up today and check their Tumblrs, those metrics are only going to soar higher.
Because of that massive, adoring fanbase of occasionally irrational Directioners, I realize what I’m about to write might not be especially popular, but I’ve got to be honest: this song is kind of messed up.
The well-coiffed lads of the most popular boy band on the planet have just released a new song and video for the lead single off their upcoming album Take Me Home: a not-so-innocent (despite what the very PG video suggests) party jam called “Live While We’re Young.”
Columbia decided to release the song and video early after the track leaked onto the web this morning.
“I know we only met but let’s pretend it’s love,” the boys sing. “Tonight let’s get some/And live while we’re young.”
The track features the same hand claps, electric guitar riffs, and synthesizer bursts that made their debut album an upbeat pop smash.
The video, meanwhile, kind of looks like Moonrise Kingdom as shot by a member of Katy Perry’s lollipop brigade. Notable moments include glowstick campfire dances, inflatable pool splashing, four wheeler racing, and an unfortunate blonde streak in Zayn’s hair.
Oh, and it also features this shot, which is destined to blow up Tumblr in about 3, 2, — oh heck, it probably already has.
That Harry Styles. Shameless!
Check out the new video below: READ FULL STORY »
With cameras strategically placed all around Staples Center at the Video Music Awards, MTV gives its viewers at home a pretty full view of the award show — from close-ups of the performers, to bird’s-eye views of the crowd, to cutaways to stars like Katy Perry and Olympic medalists in the VIP section. But there’s still more the camera didn’t pick up on. Lucky for you, EW was on the scene last night and has a few tidbits about what you didn’t see on TV.
Pink woos the crowd
Before Pink performed her show-stopping number, she ascended the platform in the middle of the audience at the beginning of the commercial break, giving her plenty of time to pump up the crowd with some beating on that electric snare drum. With the audience turned her way, many waving at her and snapping photos, she made sure to wave back with her drumstick and flash them all a big smile. What else did she have plenty of time to do? Test out that aerial rope. Wouldn’t you want to test it out a few more times, make sure you’ve got your form right, no matter how long you were in rehearsals the day before? But Pink only gave the rope one quick check, and then got back to charming the crowd. READ FULL STORY »
Yes, our long national nightmare is finally over: the cute One Direction gets to keep their name!
If you recall, there was some hoopla about whether the U.K. boy band called were allowed to call and market themselves as One Direction, given that some American punks had the same name already. The homegrown band filed a lawsuit against the British invaders, asking for a million (American) dollars and a share of the foreign band’s royalties.
Simon Cowell’s company Syco then countersued the Yanks, accusing them of trying to leech off of a more famous group’s success. Apparently, things got so ugly that the boys from the States started receiving hate mail and death threats from their rival’s fans.
Now the two sides have settled for an undisclosed amount, and they’ve issued a press release announcing that the American band would be changing their name to Unchartered Shores, while the British band will retain the name One Direction. According to the release, this outcome pleased both parties.
To celebrate, let’s listen to each band side by side, in the spirit of their newfound harmony:
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