POP BITS. Hold it right there, Directioners. It’s been confirmed today that our fave Irish scamp Niall Horan is still very much single, despite recent rumors that he was romancing the X Factor’s Tamera Foster. So you can all put down the Ben and Jerry’s and step away from the Kleenex because he’s officially back on the market. Yay!
It was revealed last week that when the 1D boys visited the contestants at the X Factor studios to give them a bit of a pep talk, Niall had asked for Tamera’s number, which led her to tell the press that she ‘hopes he fancies her’. And of course, various social media sites crashed, melted, dissolved and generally went a bit mad with Directioners everywhere either ratin’ or hatin’ this possible new romance.
Well, it would appear that fancy her he did not, as she’s now confirmed that she is, in fact DATING SAM CALLAHAN. We knew it! When she was quizzed about the ‘Samera’ rumours by those nosey people over at Sugarscape, she replied with “It’s already happened, get with it!” Oo-er! Feisty one, she is. In case you’re still not completely up to speed with all the romantic goings-on on this year’s X Factor, read our interview with Kingsland Road, where Jay comes clean about those Tamera kiss rumours. POP BITS OUT.
POP BITS. This Sunday, a bunch of up-and-coming pop singers will be kicking a ball about in the name of charity at Soccer Six. The event, which will be held at The Soccerdome in Greenwich, is in aid of charity Hearts & Goals, which raises awareness of sudden cardiac arrest.
Organisers have been announcing new additions to the line-up throughout November on their Twitter account, and their latest news has sent fans into a bit of a tizzy. Lottie Tomlinson, little sis of One Direction’s sassiest member Louis, will be attending the event.
Whether she’s following in her bro’s footballing footsteps and will be getting in on the action on the pitch isn’t known, but if she does, we sure hope she isn’t floored by a nasty tackle like Tommo was in a recent charity game.
Other celebs appearing include Kingsland Road, Miss Dynamix, Overload, Conor Maynard’s little bro Jack (we’re noticing a sibling theme here) and a whole host of other names. There’s even (randomly) some peeps from Geordie Shore. Check out Soccer Six’s Twitter account and website for more info. POP BITS OUT.
Get ready to annoy your mum when you take a trip to WH Smith because if you’re anything like us, you’ll spend about a hour staring at all FIVE copies of the latest issue of Seventeen magazine before deciding which one you want!
Our fave American magazine has unveiled their December 2013/January 2014 covers and love our 1D boys so much that they’ve given each boy their own cover.
Flick through our gallery to see the smoking pictures of everyone’s favourite boyband…
Just when we thought that 1D Day couldn’t have got any better, those lovely folks over at You Generation sent our favourite (and One Direction super fan)Tyler Oakley to join in with all the fun! Tyler joined 1D’s Zayn and Louis for a question and answer game and trust us, it was hilarious. The game featured a quick fire round, where the boys were only allowed to answer the previous question they were asked… baffled? So were they!
Check out the hilarious video below. POP BITS OUT.
POP BITS. Who’d have thought it? Those shy, retiring wallflowers Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus doing something that the whole darn internet will keep discussing for weeks? This time, it involved a next-level cat GIF and a giant pantomime horse. Tell me more, we hear you cry!
At the American Music Awards on Sunday, things took a turn for the weird when the Gaga rocked up a giant, white model horse operated by two normal-sized puppeteers. To be fair, this sort of thing is all in the course of a day in Gaga’s gaga life, but we couldn’t help wondering if she’d had a little diary mix-up and actually thought she was off to audition for Hollywood’s Christmas panto. Note to Hollywood – if you don’t currently put on a celeb Christmas panto, you TOTALLY should.
The show-stopping stunts didn’t stop there, though – when tongue-waggler supreme Miley took to the stage, she was accompanied by a giant kitten on a screen behind her, that appeared to mime the words to her hit ‘Wrecking Ball’ and started crying big virtual tears at the emosh bit in the middle. Of course it did.
Other highlights included One Direction’s matching outfits (did Zayn chop a sleeve off Liam’s shirt to make that matching pocket square?) Rihanna receiving an award from her mum and Kendall Jenner, Taylor Swift and co looking really fit. POP BITS OUT.
The day is finally upon us, people. No, we haven’t got our dates mixed up and gone bonkers thinking it’s Christmas already. We’re on about ‘Midnight Memories’, the third album from THE BEST BOYBAND IN THE WORLD One Direction, being released.
If you haven’t heard it yet, we strongly suggest you drop everything and get on Spotify right now, because your ears deserve this. The boys have grown up *wipes away a tear of pride* and even have manly stubble to prove it. Their latest musical effort shows just how far they’ve come since they were all dinky and entering the X Factor.
We already know the opening track, ‘Best Song Ever’, and as amazing as it is it sounds a bit out of place next to the rest of the album, which is full of loud, rebellious guitars and Mumford and Sons-style banjo strumming. ‘Story Of My Life’, which Liam described on its release as sounding ‘like the Lion King’ (no, we’re not sure why, either) is just one of three, yes THREE, heart-wrenching ballads on this musical beauty, with ‘You And I’ and bonus track ‘Half A Heart’ treating us to more of the boys’ poetic musings on heartbreak. If there wasn’t the amount of storming, in-your-face power pop numbers to balance it out, we’d be a blubbering mess volunteering to stroke Harry and co’s luscious hair and tell them it will all be OK. (Note: we’re quite happy to do that anyway).
The storming power-pop comes in the form of title track ‘Midnight Memories’, which is basically just one big list of the kind of problems you encounter as a member of One Direction, from having to hop ‘straight off the plane to a new hotel’ to cramming ‘way too many people in the Addison Lee’ (it’s a posh taxi firm). It also sounds a lot like a classic Eighties rock track called ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’, which you might have heard of because a) you’ve seen Rock Of Ages, or b) you just asked your dad.
‘Little Black Dress’ and ‘Little White Lies’ may have similar titles but they’re two standalone highlights of the album. The retro rock feel is there again, as well as a bit of dubstep-style booming. ‘Through The Dark’ sounds like Gary Barlow might have had a hand in writing it and is one of the less memorable tracks, while ‘Diana’ (that one that was naughtily leaked months ago, that we DEFINITELY didn’t listen to until now) is the one you’ll want to belt into your hairbrush with its soaring chorus.
All in all, ‘Midnight Memories’ is more than enough proof that the five lovelies are capable of something that’s still pop at heart, but with a far more sophisticated feel, to match their new image of suits, boots and pocket squares. Louis is also credited with a big chunk of the songwriting, and we’re already excited to hear what they might come out with next. Boys, if it’s more weepy ballads, remember we’re on hand for a cuddle!
POP BITS. Those five fabulous One Direction lads are powering on with their quest for world domination as they won not one, not even two, but a whopping THREE awards at last night’s MTV EMA awards. Not only did the lovely lads walk away with the Best Pop and Best UK and Ireland Act gongs, that cheeky Cheshire charmer Harry Styles won a prize of his own for Best Look (well, we certainly agree with that one!)
Among the other winners at the bash on November 10 were Katy Perry, who was crowned Best Female, Miley Cyrus for
Most Naked Best Video and the Biebs himself, Justin Bieber, who won the accolade of Best Male.
Not only did the Stylinator spend the evening swanning about being fit and collecting awards, he also found time to hang out with his buddy Nick Grimshaw, who posted a video on Instagram of Harry sat in his Range Rover, getting down to a bit of Miley. Very manly, we must say…
Watch the video below. POP BITS OUT.
Rixton cover (and add some cheeky changes to) Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. Cover corner.
Here at MP!, we’ve been pretty keen on those cheeky Rixton lads ever since their brilliant debut video for Make Out. So much so, that we couldn’t resist having a good old
stalk look through some of the other material on their official YouTube channel.
What we found was a lovely selection of the boys (unfortunately not topless – sadface) performing some very good covers, all cleverly tweaked to sound a bit more…well, Rixton-ish. There’s NeYo’s ‘Let Me Love You’, Chris Brown’s ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ and er… ‘The Thong Song’ by Sisqo. We’ll forgive you for that one, lads, because we fancy you a bit (read A LOT).
Our favourite by far is their re-working of T-Swizzle’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. What they’ve actually done is imagined how the poor old target of this song might feel by changing the lyrics – the best line comes about half way in when Jake and his naughty grin proclaim “There was only one direction but you went the wrong way.” OOFT! Scandalous. We’re naming NO names.
Not only have the boys been busy re-writing other people’s songs, they’ve also been literally popping up all over the country in a series of acoustic outdoor gigs. MP! caught up with them in a car park in Manchester (no, really) as they entertained fans with a short set including ‘Make Out’. We couldn’t resist asking where they got the idea for the hilarious video.
“It was just an excuse to get naked, really,” drummer Lewi Morgan told us. Well lads, that’s a good enough reason for us, and you have our permission to do it again (and again, and again…).
Watch Rixton cover ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ below:
The biggest boyband in the world One Direction have released the official video for their latest single ‘Story Of My Life’ (which charted at #4 on Sunday, FYI) and it’s left us more than a little bit teary-eyed!
Going back to their childhoods and starring actual real members of their actual real families, the ‘Story Of My Life’ video gave us many “Awwww!” moments but we’ve whittled it down to the best five and decided to share them with you…
Niall gives us a preview of those “traditional Irish songs” that he used to get told off for singing in school by standing next to his brother and posing with his violin before playing with a snowglobe and other toys from his childhood.
Liam brought his whole family along to the video shoot! Mr. Payne introduces us to his mum, his dad, and his two beautiful sisters while wearing his Sunday best, reminiscing on life before fame by staring at a photograph-filled wall.
It was Louis’ flashback that made our eyes water the most, posing with his grandparents, two of which have now sadly passed away. Louis celebrates Christmas with his parents as they laugh and smile about what is on TV.
And finally, Zayn gives his younger sister a big hug! With the 1D boys being so busy the whole time and spending more time on a plane than they do on land, we’re sure that it’s not often that Zayn gets to give his family hugs. How nice that this one was caught on camera!
Those are just some of the cute moments from the new One Direction video that made us “Awwww!” the most, now watch the rest. Tissues at the ready!
If you are a regular MP! reader (which we’re sure you are!) then you’d know that we love a good cover. If there’s a boyband tackling a Miley Cyrus tune or an acoustic rendition of one of 1D’s greatest hits, we are on it like a car bonnet!
BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge has supplied us with many amazing covers and their latest album has 53 beautiful live performances. We went through the album and after hours of deliberation, here are our 5 faves:
Robin slows down the party anthem to a more smooth and sexy pace. When this track popped up, we half expected a rotating bed with leopard print bed sheets to fold out of the wall. Robin’s amazing vocals and the vibe of the song is just perfect and… we love it!
We love a good acoustic girl band set up and the X Factor winners’ Mumford and Sons cover was everything we could have hoped for. The girls’ beautiful harmonies and powerful vocals make it even clearer that these ladies deserved to take the X Factor crown in 2011.
Olly Murs’ rendition of Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ is another highlight of the album. It’s a great cover and suits Mr. Murs perfectly.
The ‘Panic Cord’ songstress’ One Direction cover was a previous Cover Corner and, thankfully, it made it onto ‘Radio 1′s Live Lounge 2013′ too. A great One Direction cover with a beautiful twist on the song. It’s a definite “must listen”!
Completing our five faves, is another X Factor alum… Misha B! Misha gave a moving performance of Labrinth and Emeli Sande’s ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’. It was almost as though the track was written for her. You go girl!
‘Radio 1′s Live Lounge 2013′ is in stores now and you can grab a copy here.