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One Direction's 'Best Song Ever' breaks Miley's most-viewed record

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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.

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One Direction cross-dresses, flirts and dances in new video for 'Best Song Ever'

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Fair warning: It may not be the “Best Song Ever,” but it sure is catchy.

One Direction fans, you’ve probably already seen the boy band’s latest video. (Despite debuting not even 24 hours ago, it has racked up over 9.5 million views on YouTube.) For those that have yet to surrender to the charms of five goofy guys dressing up and dancing, allow us to give you a tease: The “Best Song Ever” video, for their YOLO-ready ode to being themselves and having a great time doing it, features all of the guys (that’s Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis, for the uninitiated) playing various characters, from an in-drag secretary to a straight-out-of-Tropic Thunder Les Grossman. The ruse goes on for a few minutes, before the boys hit the chorus of “oh, oh, ohs” and just can’t help but dance.

As they are wont to do, the video also features plenty of flirty action between the guys, including a quick kiss or two: Cue the tween screams! Watch below:
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One Direction's new 'This Is Us' trailer -- from bakery jobs to world domination: Watch it here

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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

Taylor Swift dominates the Billboard Music Awards: See the complete winners list here

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
Taylor Swift

Top female artist
Taylor Swift

Top male artist
Justin Bieber

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Boy-band feud alert: Did One Direction just copy Backstreet Boys' album title?

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:

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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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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