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Four Years of One Direction. #4YearsOfOneDirection

Celebrate with Lou (@LouMillard) from @Insiders1D and us! After 4 amazing years.

In honor of One Direction’s 4 year anniversary, July 23, 2010 to July 23, 2014, we are looking at flashbacks! Here are some of their biggest, hottest, best moments. So sit back and enjoy this One Direction appreciation flashback friday! (Even though it’s Wednesday.)  

One Direction have been a band for 4 years. Which is a bit crazy if you think about it. It’s time for a stroll down memory lane…

I think we should all personally thank Tricia, Maura, Karen, Anne, and Johannah for bringing our boys into this world and raising them properly.

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Look at those cute fellas!

Harry Styles auditioned with Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely.’

Niall Horan auditioned with Ne-Yo’s ‘So Sick.’

Louis Tomlinson auditioned with The Plain White T’s ‘Hey There Delilah.’

Zayn Malik auditioned with Mario Vazquez’s ‘Let Me Love You.’

Liam Payne auditioned with Michael Buble’s ‘Cry Me A River.’

Simon Cowell also deserves a round of applause for forming One Direction. A moment that forever has it’s mark in history has to be One Direction’s first performance together. They sang their rendition of Natalie Imbruglia’s song ‘Torn.’ That song, that performance, that moment (pun intended) started it all!

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And how could we possibly forget The X Factor video diaries?! Seriously fetus One Direction gives me life!

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And Jimmy!

The boys came in 3rd place but we all know that was not the end.

One Direction continued to deliver on tour.
On their 3rd tour in the last 4 years the boys refuse to disappoint!

‘Up All Night’ Tour (2011 – 2012)

The boys dropped their first album “Up All Night” and it stole all our hearts. ;)
Louis, Niall, Harry, Liam, and Zayn’s somewhat matchy outfits!

The boys loved to change the lyrics!
(Naughty Harry) ‘Take Me Home’ Tour (2012 – 2013) One Direction decided to bless us with the “Take Me Home” Album one-direction-take-me-home-1352749748 The boys introduced us to 5 Seconds of Summer! 5sos Liam gifted us by pantsing Harry

One Direction also released ‘This Is Us’ (One of the greatest documentaries of all time!)

This brings us to…
‘Where We Are’ Tour (2013 – 2014)

Harry, Liam, Niall, Zayn, and Louis released Midnight Memories!

The boys are constantly grabbing their private areas during ‘Better Than Words’!


The boys have also grown accustomed to throwing water on the crowd.

The boys continue to grow, One Direction has already announced a new tour ‘On The Road Again 2015′!

One Direction have come so far in the past years. They’ve established a massive fan base that supports them through thick and thin. They are set to become the FIRST billion dollar boy band ever!

By 2015 they will have been on 4 world tours in their 5 years as a band. They have merchandise from pens to perfume. When it comes to our boys and their success I’d say the sky’s the limit!

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Scarlet Baxter

Introducing: Scarlet Baxter – London girl with a soulful streak

There’s a new girl in town and she’s slowly making her way around the room with introductions, probably with a guitar swinging beside her.

Meet Scarlet Baxter, a London-based singer/songwriter with a raspy voice and soul-pop-rock sound (‘Sprock‘, I think was what Anastacia once called it. Look it up, it’s in Urban Dictionary and is, therefore, legit).

If sprock sounds like some sort of weird pet rock thing that really isn’t really a thing - take a listen to Scarlet’s debut single ‘Backsliding’. She does a much better job of conveying it than we do.

The track sounds rather grown up and seedy with its lyrics about “whisky days and whisky nights”. But that kind of adds to Scarlet’s mystique, doesn’t it?

You can almost picture her in a smoky little bar like, ‘hey’…

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Scarlet Baxter’s forthcoming debut EP Stuck features producers like John McLaughlin (who has worked with Busted), Jud Mahoney (who was worked with Michael Jackson and Dolly Parton), and Natalie DeLucia (who has worked with Britney Spears). Sounds like she’s in good hands.

The single ‘Backsliding’ comes out on 18 August.


5 Seconds of Summer have a ‘groupie issue’? Oo er.

@upurcraic help us to understand the rumours around 5 Seconds of Summer and “groupies”.

5 Seconds of Summer may be burning the charts but there’s also some tension burning between the 5SOS Fam and the young lads. You would think that we’ve somehow travelled to the 80s but these boys have come into deep trouble with ‘groupie drama’.

Since the boys began touring with the world’s biggest boyband, One Direction, last year for their ‘Take Me Home’ tour fans have quickly dug up dirt on the boys sexual ways.

The apparent problems between the band and their fans is not the fact that they do have groupies, but the way that the girls apparently “flaunt” that they hooked up with the boys. There’s been a major roller coaster of interest in the so called groupies. Many fans have created so called “exposed blogs” in which leaked DMs and pictures are posted as further proof.

Last summer, @5SOSReport posted a twitlonger about Calum and the treatment of his fans in which he found and replied to. Since then the twitlongers, exposed blogs and exposing Twitter accounts have flooded the web not only about 5SOS but also other bands such as the Janoskians.

Some fans complain that it’s gotten so bad that some of the boys seem to “care more” for the groupies and often leave small groups of fans unless cameras are rolling or there are large crowds. Almost as if they were to not ignore the large crowd of fans due to self image. For instance, according to a fan Calum was seen with two girls when a few fans have stopped by in the hopes of a picture but was ignored completely and was seen entering a car laughing at the fans with his “groupies”.

Fans have not only been unhappy but they sure did not keep their opinions to themselves. Twitter was surging with tweets about the sex driven boys, and screenshots of DMs sent to them. They voice their opinions to boys in hopes of getting an answer, but some fans are unlucky.

In some cases Ashton Irwin, drummer of the band, has been rumored to block or unfollow fans when receiving messages about the situation. While lead singer, Luke Hemmings was being praised for kindly addressing the situation privately with fans.
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One of the other main problems is that anytime the issue arises, the boys try to get fans to ignore the drama by tweeting “I love you guys <3″ or quickly cover it up by doing a follow spree knowing that it will cause a distraction for the brief moment.
Directioners have quickly taken the opportunity to pounce and bash on the She Looks So Perfect singers leading to many fights between the fandoms.
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I say this not only as a 19 year but also a big big fan. In my opinion, heres the deal about the issue. Both parties are at fault for these are boys. Most of these fans have often wanted to be in these girls position, but it seems as if they’re almost “jealous” that it isn’t them. Yes, these boys are getting caught more but maybe the reason is not the fact they do it in a non-secretive manner but our tech savvy generation has gotten so smart and are able to quickly dig up dirt on these boys. Why should you care who those boys sleep with? What you should be supporting is the fact that these boys are amazing talented. Irwin often tweets indirectly about the issue but honestly these boys need to focus on their career.
I’ve loved the boys for nearly two years now, since they were just 4 dorks from Sydney. But now they have gotten too famous too fast and it’s getting bad because they don’t know how to quite handle it correctly. Instead of concentrating on fans and music they go hooking up with any attention seeking slag they can find, sometimes even multiples per day and they make it seem like the fans are the bad guys for spending time they should be using to concentrate on the music to talk behind the scenes. And it really hurts to watch because when you’re just a fan you can’t quite tell them honest opinions or help them at all. We’re older girls and honestly we just want to have a heart to hear and just explain what is going on and explain how it’s affecting us. We’ve both been “in the groupie world” having first hand experience to how some people are behind the camera and away from fans.
We care for these boys more than anything in this world and don’t want to see them destroying their careers like how they sort of are now. We’re far away from saying stop hooking up, what they do in their private sex life is their issue, but they do need to stop going about it they way they are and finding girls that only want them so they can get attention and stay relevant.
They’ve been caught in a controversial situation and they need to address the issue directly and move on with their lives. When someone is famous they’re vulnerable in the spotlight, things are going to be said about them whether they like it or not so they do need to grow a thicker skin. But, they should clean their acts on how they treat fans when they do have “groupies” around them, and how they do go by their sexual life style.

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One Direction’s weirdest tweets – Ask us if we give a mother f**k?!

Lou (@LouMillard) from @Insiders1D digged into our favourite lads Twitter profile’s and found their weirdest tweets. Makes sense. 

I think we have all had our own weird moments, but I’d say One Direction have more than the most of us! Don’t get me wrong, they seriously make weird hot! I just have trouble making sense of some of these interesting tweets.

Hello to you Louis. :)

Cravings? I guess we all have those.

Hmm Louis the rapper…

Story Of My Life Niall!

What a happy Irish lad. Rhyming and drinking.

I seriously can not make any sense of this, umm Hazza you okay there?

Assuming this is a compliment, so thanks.

No comment.

And there you have it! The tricks and trades of being a good party guest.

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Smh Harry, I don’t think you should be going around kissing cousins. As for the tough times, at least that’s not a problem anymore. ;)

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and Zayn I think you gave loads of fans heart attacks. Good one though Zayn, good one

Laughing gas…?

Okay this isn’t that weird, but deep Zayn = hot Zayn.

That must be one amaZayn garden. (I know that’s an old joke, but it still works.)

Talking to yourself is the first sign of madness, the second is posing with one eyebrow lifted up.

Talking to yourself and parrots now…I guess parrots are cool too.

Ever hear of the show ‘Naked and Afraid’?

Again, no comment.

So where is this book sold?

Okay, we can all agree that some of these tweets were weird, funny, interesting, cute, and deep. It was a great laugh. I mean who doesn’t like kissing cousins, winking books, Zayn pranks, glass doors, and coco pops?! So, who do you think had the weirdest tweets? Share in the comments!


The Cher Lloyd album is nearly upon us, and it’s STILL brilliant.

So we’re all agreed now that Cher Lloyd’s new album ‘Sorry I’m Late’ is one of the highlights of the pop calendar, right? 

The former X Factor star has been working with some of pop’s finest hit makers and the likes of lead single ‘Sirens’ and ‘Dirty Love’ prove that Ms. Lloyd is here for the long haul. The LP is finally out on July 28th so only a few more sleeps ’till we can get our grubby little mitts on a copy. In other news, ‘Sirens’ is out RIGHT NOW.



Banks announces headline UK tour!

We love a bit of moody gloom pop here at MP! and newcomer Banks is one of its finest purveyors at the moment. She’s so cool in fact, that MP! faves Neon Jungle have even recorded a cover of her single ‘Waiting Game’ for their latest album. An excellent piece of pop cross-pollination we think you’ll agree. 

In anticipation of her debut album ‘Goddess’ coming out in the autumn, the singer songwriter has just announced her very own UK headline tour this November, including her biggest show yet at Brixton O2 Academy. Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday July 25th and you can buy them here and here. 




Big Interview: MP! got to know new singer-songwriter, actor and beard connoisseur, Tom Figgins.

Here at MP! Towers we love introducing you to new talent that’s exciting our eardrums, if you’re like us then look no further than Tom Figgins. We caught up with him and asked him a few silly questions so you don’t have to.

We’re big fans of you already here at Maximum Pop! for those who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well I’m from London, born and raised, and i’ve been writing my own music for about 4 years now. I take my guitar with me everywhere I go, makes navigating the tube quite difficult at times! I’m also a part time actor.

When we were 19 we were still being stupid and getting excited by roller coasters but you put pen to paper and wrote some beautiful EP’s, what was the inspiration for them?

The inspiration was sparked by various artists such as John Mayer and Jeff Buckley. These artists music really spoke to me at the time and I knew I wanted to start writing music. I remember listening to John Mayer’s album Continuum and thinking “this is something really special – I want to write like that!”, it was definitely a real starting point. In between then and now has been honing my sound and figuring things out musically.

Have you always known you wanted to be a musician? What would you be if you weren’t?

At one point I couldn’t make my mind up about wether I wanted to go to acting school or start a career in the music business. But I started writing and singing and at the same time took some auditions for acting schools, needless to say half way through my auditions I cancelled a lot. I knew I wanted to pursue the music at that point. But I’m still acting and I’m in a show at Edinburgh Fringe this year called “The Duck Pond”.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What do you want to achieve?

I think to play either Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage or the O2 would be amazing. Performing is such an amazing feeling and to audiences of that size would be something truly special.

If you could record a song with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I’d love to have made a record with Jeff Buckley. His sound was amazing and his lyrical ideas were genius. Jimi Hendrix would have been a real experience as well I’m sure.

What things can’t you live without when you’re touring?

My guitar definitely! It goes with me everywhere, I’m never not playing guitar. I had a little 3/4 size guitar that I’d planned to take places with me and it’s gone to a few festivals but I take my gigging guitar now.

Pop your iTunes (or equivalent) on shuffle, what are the first 5 songs and artists that come on?

1. Matt Corby – Trick of the Light (Live)

2. John Mayer – Queen of California

3. John Mayer – Waiting on the World to Change (Live)

4. Jeff Buckley – Dream Brother

5. Half Moon Run – Call Me In The Afternoon

John Mayer is monopolising my iTunes a bit at the moment.

We’re very impressed by your beard, we give it a 9/10. What would you do if you woke up after a night out on the lemonade and half of it was missing?

Firstly, thank you! Secondly, I would probably scream and then blame it on the dog… Either that or I’d search for the remains and get out the Pritt Stick. I would miss the beard!

Are you performing at any more festivals this summer? Where can we see you live? 

I’ll be up at Edinburgh Fringe doing the play I mentioned before but gigs haven’t been booked so if anyone is up there during August keep an eye on the website.

‘Let Your Roots Grow’ is out now.


Watch: Little Mix give us another peak behind the scenes of the ‘Salute’ tour…

Recently the Little Mix ladies were kind enough to invite us behind the scenes of the Salute tour and give a glimpse at what it’s REALLY like being a pop star. (Hint: It’s amazing.)

Well, the ‘Mix tour diary continues with a sneak peak into the girls’ dressing rooms, dance rehearsals and a very dirty protest on behalf of Perrie’s dog. Oh, the glamour!


Ella Eyre announces UK tour dates for October!

Ella Eyre is one of 2014′s rising new stars and her latest single ‘If I Go’ is a high energy slice of soul pop hinting at even more exciting pop moments to come.

The big haired singer songwriter has just announced a UK tour for October, kicking off in Birmingham before finishing up in Belfast. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 25th July and you can nab yourself some here and here. Have a gander at the full list of dates below and see if Ella is coming to a city near you!


Wednesday 1 Birmingham Institute
Friday 3 Leeds Stylus
Sunday 5 Newcastle Student Union Basement Monday 6 O2 ABC Glasgow
Tuesday 7 Manchester Ritz
Thursday 9 Sheffield Plug
Friday 10 O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Sunday 12 Cardiff Solus
Monday 13 O2 Academy Bristol
Wednesday 15 O2 Academy Bournemouth
Thursday 16 Norwich Waterfront
Monday 20 O2 Academy Dublin
Wednesday 22 Belfast Mandela Hall




Rixton and Magic! added to this year’s Teen Choice Awards line up! Hurrah!

The Teen Choice Awards are just around the corner and if you weren’t excited already, you will be once you hear who’s just been added to the line up!

Rising stars Magic! and Rixton have just been snapped up to perform at the ceremony alongside wiggling enthusiast Jason Derulo. Both bands are having a fantastic 2014 so far, with Rixton recently scoring their first ever number one with debut single ‘Me and My Broken Heart’, while Magic! have been steadily climbing the charts with reggae infused track ‘Rude’. 

The awards, which take place on August 10th, will be hosted by Tyler Posey of ‘Teen Wolf’ fame and the whole thing is voted for by fans. Proper order we say! 

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