POP BITS. Hot young global boyband One Direction have barely finished the campaign for their very successful second album and we’ve barely finished whistling ‘Kiss You’ every time we’re walking down the street, but it looks like those imaginative boys are looking to the future already!
Niall, Zayn, Louis, Liam and Harry have announced that their next album will be out in the shops by Christmas, meaning that there’ll be a brand spanking new entry on all our Christmas lists when the festive season rolls around.
What can we expect from the boys? Hopefully more of the same – catchy as hell songs, killer radio ready choruses and overall, pop music big enough to rock entire stadiums, which we already know 1D are more than capable of doing. We’ve also heard vague rumours that a brand new single to kick off the campaign might come as early as the end of summer this year. Ooh-er! POP BITS OUT.
POP BITS. Squee! The new video for our favourite new boyband, Union J, has just arrived and along with the tune being a real toe-tapper, the video is amazing. *sigh* We’re so happy. A hot new boyband’s hot new video.
Union J, those cute and drool-worthy X Factor finalists have released debut single ‘Carry You’ which, as you’ve already heard, is a catchy bit of dramatic pop that is more than a match for the 1Ds and Wanteds of the world. The video involves the boys going their separate ways in life before uniting at an open mic night where they kill the song in front a packed crowd.
George, JJ, Josh and Jaymi all look extra cool and we’re happy things have got off the right foot for them. Here’s hoping District3 have something just good up their sleeves! POP BITS OUT.
Watch the video for ‘Carry You’ below:
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Few things get twitter hot and bothered like a new One Direction tattoo. Eleanor Calder (that’s Mrs. Louis Tomlinson to you and I) made millions of people across the universe extremely jelaous when she tweeted her excitement at a new tattoo for Louis announcing, “Holy crap @Louis_Tomlinson got a really hot chest tattoo…..I can’t breathe guys”. Harry Styles recently got a butterfly on his chest (though we haven’t seen it properly yet) and it seems Louis has followed suit.
Helpfully, Eleanor posted a photo of her beau in a vest so we could (sort of) get a glimpse at his chest tatt. If you look close enough you can see there is, something there poking out the top of his vest. It’s all very exciting.
Louis has also got two more tattoos on each of his ankles spelling”the” “rogue”. He’s catching Harry up in the baffling tattoo stakes. All these tattoos, the black vest, that electric bass guitar? Is this a new punk direction for this Directioner?
The One Direction pop-up shop opened at 9am on Saturday morning. Over a thousand dedicated Directioners queued up for the store opening in snowy conditions all for a chance to be the first to get there hands on some cups and fake nails with Harry Styles’ face on them. That’s the kind of dedication we admire. We’ve got some photos sent to us from the carnage.
Do you fancy yourself the ultimate One Direction fan? Think you’ve seen all there is to see, snapped up every single, collected every possible trincket the boys have put out there? Well, smash open that piggy bank and think again, because as of Saturday 23rd March One Direction are no longer just a boyband – they’re a shop!
Yes, for a strictly limited three weeks, One Direction fans in the Yorkshire area can browse through aisle upon aisle of exclusive 1D merchandise in their first ever UK pop-up shop in the wild ‘n’ windy city of Leeds. We sent our Northern correspondant John Lucas down for an exclusive first-look…
OMG! It’s One Direction world! A literal world of One Direction! It’s closed to the public for now, but will open its doors at 9am on Saturday 23rd March. Despite the rumours, the boys themselves will sadly not be attending the grand opening – something the managers were very keen for me to stress, for fear of being torn limb-from-limb by furious fangirls who camped overnight for a glimpse of Harry & co. (Note: Camping overnight is also strongly discouraged – it’s freezing up here!)
I’m ushered through the door and come face to face with a dazzling display of 1D goodies. T-Shirts, Hoodies, Keyrings, Bags… everything the discerning One Directioner could ever need… and, let’s be honest, a fair few things they probably don’t….
If you want to check out 1D World for yourself, get down to the Trinity Centre in Leeds City Centre between Saturday 23rd March and Sunday 14th April. Check out the 1D World website for all the details…
POP BITS. McFly have been off the radar a bit. Dougie’s been growing an impressive beard (see left), Harry’s been getting his nipples out at every opportunity (that’s no complaint), Tom’s been getting married adorably and Danny has been building his model railway (OK, we made that last one up). But now it appears the boys are back!
They’ll kick off their ‘Memory Lane’ Greatest Hits tour next month but we won’t be waiting long for the next album (which will be their first since 2010). “We’ve written all the songs we are just waiting to record them,” revealed Dougie. Let’s hope they find time in between gigs, we want a prompt summer release please boys!
In double-boyband, double-good news the hirsute warbler also revealed McFly have been writing songs for One Direction’s album. One particular song, co-written with Niall, Dougie promises is a “stadium epic”. Niall’s embarking on his second sell-out world tour at the tender age of just 19 so perhaps the rousing, anthemic stadium atmosphere has become second nature to him. Dougie hopes the as yet untitled song ends up on the as yet untitled third One Direction album which as yet has no release date (not even a rumoured one) and we couldn’t agree more. POP BITS OUT.
As everyone in the world knows (or should know), One Direction’s ‘Kiss You’ is a bit of a tune – it’s catchy, it’s unashamedly poppy and it’s an ear-snagging little treat for your ears. However, there are hundreds of cover versions on YouTube – and dozens of listenable ones. Because we love you, you lovely readers you, we’ve sifted through every cover version of the song in existence and compiled a list of our favourite five covers of ‘Kiss You’. No need to thank us.
Views: 4,026,065 since 24th Jan
Originality: She’s a girl singing it rather than five guys. It’s a wholesome, sweet, happy take on an already fun song but aside from ‘Disneyfying’ it slightly she’s not really made any changes to the song itself.
The video: Very well produced for someone so young, though we do suspect the use of blue-screen. Megan has some pretty great vocals for such a young singer and the whole thing is as sweet, pink (the video is VERY pink) and enjoyable as candy floss on a warm summer’s day.
Views: 365,137 since 23rd December
Originality: We’ve all agreed that ‘Kiss You’ is the greatest boyband song of all time? Yes. Great. So of course, every boyband worth their salt should tackle ‘Kiss You’. Hollywood Ending’s version is more acoustic and mellow – it sounds like it’d be the perfect soundtrack for a summer picnic or a beach bonfire.
The video: There isn’t much to this video, just the band playing in front of some equipment cases. Fortunately, they spend just enough time staring prettily in the camera to distract us – sneaky. Someone should probably tend to that fire in the background though?
Views: 743,911 since 7th December
Originality: Fresh-faced schoolboy trio the Vamps also manage to make a pretty cool take on the tune – it’s all very acoustic and guitar-based as the three of them harmonise well and sound like they could be the kid brothers to BGT’s Loveable Rogues.
The video: Filmed ‘on location’ in a London hotel-room, all the video really needs is the boys singing and looking adorable. Which is all it really has. But Harry Styles best watch out, there’s a new curly-barnetted cutie in the form of Bradley.
Views: 852,279 since 18th January
Originality: The only duet on our list, Tiffany and Jason work well together and are rare in music – a duo of voices that harmonise with decent enough results, although we do suspect there’s a little too much use fo autotune.
The video: It’s all pretty daft and funny. We haven’t quite decided if this should be rewarded extra points or have them deducted for the use of potted shrubbery. The sparky chemistry between the two of them is obvious and adds a lot of joyous fun to the video.
Views: 151 since yesterday
Originality: Ebony Day’s cover is the most ‘authentic’ and most original of the five we’ve picked. There’s a lot of ooh-ing and aah-ing as she makes the song her own and it’s still easily a cut above most of the other covers out there.
The video: This was filmed for the Maximumpop YouTube channel so we think it is the best filmed, best performed and all-around bestest ever. And no, we’re not being biased – not at all. But it does look like we got Ebony to sing this in a sauna.
What do you reckon? Did we miss any good cover versions out? Tweet us any we missed @maximumpop and feel free to send us your take on the song.
POP BITS. Over the weekend Liam Payne showed the world his new Siberian husky puppy, Loki, with girlfriend Danielle Peazer. He is very cute. So cute in fact he could be the cutest member of the One Direction family. That’s a lot of cute.
It seems however, not everyone looks quite so fondly on little Loki. The little pup has received death threats with some crueler members of the twitterati threatening to kidnap and kill Loki. Others are urging the little pup to bite and/or poo on Liam and Danielle, a threat that is as pathetic as it is comical. There was even a #dieloki hashtag some trolls desperately tried to get trending, to no avail. Poor Loki, what did he ever do? POP BITS OUT.
POP BITS. Since mid-February Louis has been threatening that he’d dye his hair red for Red Nose Day. Maybe he thought we’d all forget? We’re never one to miss out on a hair-related scoop so after much photo-shop speculation from Directioners, we now have some (very low quality) photos of Louis’ hair. We probably won’t get a proper high-quality glimpse at it until One Direction perform ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’ for Comic Relief. They’ve already filmed the performance, but the pre-record won’t be shown until tonight. Even though its a little grainey, we still think Louis looks very dashing. And all for a good cause too. Swoon. POP BITS OUT.