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Watch One Direction's Harry Styles get hit in the groin by a shoe -- VIDEO

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An audience member at One Direction’s show in Glasgow threw not one, but two shoes at Harry Styles — and the second one hit him where it hurts.

And before you make the obvious Taylor Swift joke, Buzzfeed beat you to it.

Watch the video here. You probably want to turn the volume low:

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One Direction release self-shot video for 'One Way Or Another': Watch it here

Fresh off their victory at the Brit Awards, British teen sensations One Direction have dropped a new video for their charity single “One Way Or Another,” a cover of the classic Blondie tune.

The track was released to support Comic Relief, a British charity that supports a number of causes in Africa and the U.K. As explained by the boys at the beginning of the clip, they decided to skip shooting a lavish video and instead record one themselves while on tour (with the money they saved also going to charity).

If you like the idea of One Direction but haven’t quite committed to them because they don’t do enough frolicking in airports, freestyle dancing in Times Square, hugging the Prime Minister, or leading an army of children in some sort of chicken dance, then you should reconsider — check out the video below:

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Mumford & Sons, Sande highlight Brit Awards winners

British music put on a brash, confident show at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, celebrating a resurgent industry whose bands and artists are topping charts around the globe.

Winners ranged from established acts such as Coldplay and Adele to world-conquering boy band One Direction, who won in the new Global Success category.

One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson called the prize “absolutely mind-blowing.”

American artists Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey were among the non-British winners at a ceremony that embraced the mainstream while rewarding artists with distinctive personalities. READ FULL STORY

One Direction get silly (and shirtless) in new 'Kiss You' video

The cheeky lads of One Direction have (mercifully) decided to put the kibosh on their “You still have to squeeze into your jeans” ballad “Little Things,” and now they’ve got a new single ready to go for the new year — “Kiss You,” the most zippy, infectious track on their sophomore release Take Me Home.

A video for the song has just hit the web, and, in keeping with the 1D brand, it’s an endearingly inane blend of upbeat silliness, terrible dancing, and awkward “Look, we’re almost naughty. But we’re not. But we are.” touchy-feely-ness. Listen, I don’t pretend to understand why hordes of girls are so enamored with the idea of the boys getting romantic with each other, but there are enough shots in the video below — like the one below — to suggest that 1D’s handlers are very aware that the appeal exists. Also, Zayn, that “ZAP!” tattoo is permanent. READ FULL STORY

Olly Murs tells EW about making 'Trouble' in the U.S., touring with One Direction, and more

The past year has been a good one for contestants from the UK version of The X Factor here in the States.

Bratty pop starlet Cher Lloyd scored a Top 20 hit with “Want U Back,” and a little boy band called One Direction earned two straight number one albums and sold out a 2013 tour. But there’s one X Factor alum still waiting for his big break here in America: Olly Murs, a dapper showman with an upbeat repertoire that we think you should get to know.

Murs first caught our attention with his brassy and delightfully retro “Dance With Me Tonight” (seriously, give it a listen), which hasn’t been officially released in the U.S.. Instead, the cheeky bloke’s first U.S. single was a more pop radio-oriented jam called “My Heart Skips A Beat,” featuring buzzy rap duo Chiddy Bang. The song, which had gone No. 1 all over the world, was released here in June but failed to make an impact on the chart.

Not to worry, though. Murs is coming back with a new Flo Rida collaboration called “Troublemaker,” the first single off his upcoming Right Place Right Time, due in April 2013. The song and album have both already hit the top of the charts in the U.K., and with a little luck, “Troublemaker” could find a spot on the U.S. charts. We’ll see. The song heads to radio in January.

We recently sat down with Olly after a show in New York City to hear a bit about his style, trying to make it in America, and his take on his fellow British pop stars.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: For people that don’t know your music, how would you describe it?
OLLY MURS: It’s just fun music. My new music has got a more sentimental feeling toward it, but what I’ve done before has been a little bit more cheeky and a laugh.

You’re a total performer on stage. You dance, you make goofy faces… What artists inspired that sort of showmanship?
I look at Robbie Williams, Michael Buble, even Justin Timberlake. And James Brown, Michael Jackson — there are so many over the years that I’ve look at and admired, so I don’t know where I get my, sort of, swag — that’s the word now, isn’t it? — I don’t know where I get it from. I just enjoy performing, I enjoy entertaining crowds.

Were you a performer before you ended up on The X Factor, then?
Yeah, I used to go to pubs with my mates. We used to go to clubs. We used to just dance and perform and muck around. I never did anything as big as the X-Factor, of course. Only in front of small crowds, but it was always really fun.

Is it weird to come to come to the U.S. and answer that sort of question about your early beginnings? You just put out your third album at home, so I’m guessing you left those questions behind a few years ago.
No, not at all. I mean, when you come to the States, you’ve gotta start from scratch. It’s a new start for everyone. We’ve got to showcase my talent and try to win new fans.

So what’s next for you over here?
We’ve got some shows coming in January — three of them. So that’s a chance for the fans I’ve got in America to come and see me for the first time in a proper show. And then I’ve got my own arena tour [in the UK] next year, I’ve got my album coming out [in the US] in April, and I’ve got “Troublemaker” out right now. And then I’m doing a stadium tour [in the UK] with Robbie Williams, which is great.

Speaking of “Troublemaker,” have you actually met Flo Rida yet?
No, I haven’t actually. Things have changed so much in the past five years. Everyone just emails songs. But you know what? He loved it, recorded it, sent it back, I said yes, and he said, “Well would you want to do a song for me in the future?” I was like, “Yep!”

He’s not a bad ally to have on the chart.
What I love about Flo is he doesn’t just pick any old song to sing. He really wants a song that’s going to be a hit, and I think he knew straightaway that this was going to be a good hit, and it went number one in the U.K. and [Right Place Right Time] is number one on the album chart, so I can’t complain.

Alright, enough of that stuff. Now, onto the important questions. First up: puppies or kittens?
Oooh, I’d say puppies. I’m a big dog fan.

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram?
Twitter. Twitter’s the most impressive, I think. It’s fun, and it’s an easier way of accessing people.

Favorite book?
I’d probably say The Hobbit.

Let’s talk British pop music. Who deserves to have a comeback: Samantha Mumba, BBMak, or S Club 7?
BBMak would be good. They were good lads. I remember buying one of their songs, but I don’t remember what it was!

Alright, you toured with One Direction this year. Name the top three selling One Direction dolls of 2012 in order, as reported by The Sun.
I reckon Harry sold the most.

Nope.
He didn’t? Wow.

It’s changed. Harry used to sell the most.
Then Niall. Niall sold the most.

Correct.
I reckon Harry is second and Louis is third.

Close, but you switched Louis and Harry.
Wow, so it’s Niall, then Louis, then Harry? Wow.

Yeah, but Liam is still in last, and he lost one percent. Okay, when you’re in a down mood: Coldplay or Keane?
Keane.

If you were in a spinoff group called the Spice Boys, what would your name be?
Clumsy. I’d be Clumsy Spice.

Adele, Florence Welch, or Emeli Sande?
Adele, of course. Who wouldn’t pick Adele? She’s amazing.

And there you have it, folks! Are you a fan of Olly? Do you think either he or “Troublemaker” will be able to make it in the States?

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Someone already wrote Taylor Swift and Harry Styles' breakup song, and it's perfect -- VIDEO

Taylor Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles are dating now, but let’s be real: they’re going to break up. I’m sure of it. You’re sure of it. Anyone who has thought about Taylor Swift for even one minute over the past five years is sure of it. This is just what she does. Swift kisses and kisses and kisses, and then she tells (with varying degrees of coyness) on her multi-platinum albums.

But thanks to American Idol Season 9 alum Tim Urban (straight outta left field, I know!), we no longer have to wait for Swift’s inevitable confessional about Harry Styles on her inevitable fall 2014 album. Urban’s written one for her, and it’s hilariously, almost unbelievably on-point. Seriously, is he her secret ghost writer?

The opening couplet had me on board right away. “He was the wrong direction with a beautiful face,” Urban sings. “He made me smile on those December days.”

I mean, that’s just classic Swift, right? But it was the sassy kiss-off at the end of the chorus that sealed the deal for me: “There won’t be a next time for him/ And he can keep his accent.” Ahhhh, how is this not already a real Taylor Swift song?!

Check out the full tune below (it kicks off at 0:44): READ FULL STORY

One Direction play acoustic performance and talk pranks -- VIDEO

One Direction has had a pretty big week in the United States. They had their huge concert at Madison Square Garden, they performed at the Z100 Jingle Ball show last night, and even have had their share of tabloid drama when Harry Styles performed some late-night karaoke with Taylor Swift.

Yesterday afternoon, the boys swung by SiriusXM headquarters to tape an “Artist Confidential” acoustic performance and Q&A that will air later this month. My colleague Nuzhat Naoreen and I attended the taping and we were ready for some grade-A freaking out from the contest-winning teen girls who were in attendance. I wanted to see overwhelmed tears, dangit. Unfortunately for us and fortunately for these teens (average age of the 25 girls: about 13) the emotions never quite overflowed. Perhaps they were shell-shocked to be so close to their idols, but we saw a wider range of emotions from the parents sitting next to us (embarrassment, amusement, boredom) than from the teens who had presumably skipped school to log some face time with Styles and Co.

The show alternated between recorded versions of hits such as “One Thing” and “Live While We’re Young” with in-studio live performances. While I’m no longer a teen, I’ll admit to swooning just a little when the guys sang acoustic versions of their hits “Little Things,” “More Than This,” and “What Makes You Beautiful.”

Check out the band’s performance of “Little Things” below: READ FULL STORY

Grammy Nominations 2013: Your water cooler cheat sheet!

The Grammy nominations are in — and by now, we hope you’ve had time to do the following: Read the full list of major nominees, peruse Kyle Anderson’s take on the biggest snubs and surprises, and enjoy Scooter Braun’s Twitter tantrum.

But if all that’s not enough for you, we’ve cobbled together some interesting trends about this year’s crop of Grammy nominees — so even if you’re not a Grammys aficionado, you can pretend to be one around the office.

* The Best Album category this year is oddly rock-heavy With the notable exception of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, the Best Album category is dominated by rock acts. But whereas the category (until very recently) used to feature the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, it’s now honoring a newer crop of rockers.

Or, as one of my co-workers put it, “It’s like the Grammy voters have replaced their old fogies with young fogies.” The inclusion of The Black Keys’ El Camino and Jack White’s Blunderbuss feels especially odd, since both of those acts’ previous albums were substantially better than those efforts. (Though the White Stripes’ excellent 2004 release Elephant did get a nod that year.) Add in Mumford & Sons’s Babel and fun.’s Some Nights, and you’ve got a very dude-ish, very guitar-heavy category. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012: The year in lyrics, from Taylor Swift to Carly Rae

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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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One Direction performs animal mating calls at Madison Square Garden concert

Image Credit: Myrna Suarez

Image Credit: Myrna Suarez

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

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