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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Stand aside, Jay Z — the newly-legal ex-girlfriend of Justin Bieber now owns the album chart.
Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance takes the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week, moving about 97,000 copies in its first week. Buoyed by the top 10 hit “Come & Get It” (written, incidentally, by songwriter and Pitch Perfect star Ester Dean), Stars Dance knocked Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail from its two-week perch. It’s Gomez’s first chart-topper, though all three of her albums with the Scene have made the top 10.
The only other big debut this week belongs to Marc Anthony, whose Spanish-language 3.0 checks in at number five with 39,000 copies sold. MIchigan metalcore band We Came As Romans’ Tracing Back Roots and the Young Money Cash Money compilation Rich Gang (which features tracks by Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Tyga, French Montana, Flo Rida, and Birdman) also made top 10 debuts.
Meanwhile, expect strong numbers for One Direction when tomorrow’s new Billboard Hot 100 comes out: their new single “Best Song Ever” sold an impressive 322,000 digital downloads in its first week of release. Considering the radio support the group gets, it would not be shocking to see “Best Song Ever” debut in the top 10, perhaps even in the top five. Still, it looks like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is on its way to an eighth consecutive week as the number one song in the country. It remains the most-streamed song on Spotify, and people cannot get enough of its who-needs-clothes? video.
It’ll be interesting to see next week’s album chart, as new albums by both Thicke and the Backstreet Boys should show up in the top 10. Will the success of Thicke’s single translate to a chart-topping debut on the albums list?
What a shocker: Directioners really do think 1D’s latest is the “Best Song Ever”!
Yesterday, the British group’s rabid fans banded together to propel Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis’s new single to the top of the digital charts. All in all, they viewed it an astonishing 10.9 million times — making it the most-watched video in a 24-hour period in Vevo history. The record was previously set by Miley Cyrus earlier this summer; her surreal “We Can’t Stop” video racked up 10.7 million views in the day after its release.
Why did this clip get so much attention? Simple: At 6 minutes and 13 seconds, it’s a veritable mini-movie that doubles as a preview for One Direction’s actual movie, which will be released in 3-D Aug. 30. The video also features Zayn in drag, Liam in a bleached-blond wig, Harry in geek-chic glasses, and Niall and Louis in fake facial hair, fat suits, and exaggerated American accents. Oh, and then there’s the song itself — which may not really be the “best ever,” but is pretty catchy all the same.
Watch the quintet’s shenanigans below — and just try not to be charmed.
Cynics might say that One Direction haven’t been around nearly long enough to warrant a feature-length, theatrically-released film helmed by one of the premiere working documentarians, but those people just don’t understand the draw of Harry Styles’ hair.
The trailer for One Direction’s forthcoming This Is Us surfaced this morning, and it’s everything a One Direction fanatic could want: Adorable childhood photos, backstage shenanigans involving skateboards and pantsing, drop-ins from weepy moms, and plenty of shots of massive crowds going absolutely ape for Harry, Liam, Zayn, Niall, and Louis. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY
Justin Bieber emerged from a spaceship. The Band Perry banged on big drums. Bruno Mars performed in a Saturday Night Fever suit. Chris Brown fought some ninjas. Our host, Tracy Morgan, challenged Psy to a “Gangnam Style” dance-off. Oh, and some people got some awards. Taylor Swift dominated this year’s Billboard Music Awards, which were broadcast on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday night. She claimed eight statues, including Billboard artist of the year and top Billboard 200 album for Red. But she was kind enough to let Justin Bieber, One Direction, Gotye, and Rihanna have a few trophies as well. A full list of winners follows below.
Billboard artist of the year
Top female artist
Top male artist
Is One Direction copying the Backstreet Boys’ style — and their titles?
In the 1990’s, boy-band feuds were a dime a dozen — back when TRL was filled with screaming girls who wanted nothing more than to be serenaded by the likes of ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, and 98 Degrees. But today, TRL is no more, and boy bands aren’t nearly the fad they used to be.
That hasn’t stopped the multiplatinum U.K. X Factor breakouts One Direction from making a whole new generation of young girls scream at ear-piercing volumes. But is One Direction borrowing a little too blatantly from the still-active Backstreet Boys?
When BSB’s AJ McClean stopped by TMZ last year, he wasn’t shy about expressing his opinion on One Direction’s eerily familiar lyrics. Check out the video below:
And now, One Direction’s Liam Payne has tweeted that the official title of the band’s upcoming movie, which was known as 1D3D, has now changed to This Is Us:
guyssss so proud to announce that our upcoming movie is officially titled ‘This Is Us’! Cant wait for you guys to see itttt!!
— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) March 18, 2013
Fans of the Backstreet Boys will quickly recognize that as the name of BSB’s most recent album and tour. Could this be the next boy-band feud in the making? And if the answer is yes, whose side are you on?
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One Direction’s Harry Styles tattoos large butterfly across his chest. That’s what makes him beautiful. — PHOTO
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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:
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
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