As a few of you may know, a lovely lady named Ariana Grande performed an intimate private gig in London’s Leicester Square last night and who got an invite? Only MP! of course! So for all of you that couldn’t be there, we’re letting you in on all the goss and telling you five things about the performance you really should know!
The setlist for the show was: An acapella ‘Daydreamin” intro from backstage, ‘Right There’, ‘Lovin’ It’, ‘You’ll Never Know’, acoustic versions of ‘Honeymoon Avenue’ and ‘Almost Is Never Enough’, an impromptu rendition of the ‘Put Your Hearts Up’ chorus (with added hey-ey-ey-eys), and ‘The Way’.
She was joined on stage by her boyf! That’s right, Nathan Sykes of The Wanted fame joined Ms. Grande on stage for her performance of ‘Almost Is Never Enough’ and things got a little bit smoochy on stage! How cute of Nath to support his girlfriend at the first ever UK perfomance, awwwww.
The crowd was electric! Although there were only a few competition winning fans in the venue, the Arianators brought their loudest screaming voices to Leicester Square to support their idol. The crowd sang along to every word, cheered after every song and we’ve lost count of how many times we heard “I LOVE YOU ARIANAAAAAAA!”
Ariana can saaaaaaaaang! There’s no denying that the vocals on the ‘Yours Truly’ album are perfect, so we were quite worried that when we saw Ariana perform the tracks live, the songs wouldn’t sound the same but Ari did not disappoint at all. The tracks sounded exactly the same, if not better, when performed live. Her dancing wasn’t too bad either!
In an exclusive Q&A session hosted after the performance, Ariana gushed about how much she loves her UK fans, revealed how the people that work at Seaworld are “sick, twisted people”, she either wants Jennifer Garner or Cheryl Cole (?!) to play her in a movie about her life, her favourite place in the world is the ocean and she’d rather be a puppy-sized elephant than an elephant-sized puppy, obvs.
And then we left and stuffed our face with KFC to try and get rid of our post-gig blues. It didn’t work. We’re seriously hoping Ariana makes another stop off in London if she tours the album.
With Halloween just three days away, we thought it was time to get all spooky and show you our unlucky number 13 favourite scary pop star costumes!
American brother act AJR (it stands for their names — Adam, Jack & Ryan) may just be your new favorite group. With a synth-pop feel that sounds a little like a mixture of The Vamps, Busted and the Jonas Brothers (in a really good way), this indie group is quickly going viral Stateside.
All three write their own tunes, play a variety of instruments and supply vocals. They’ve already got the stamp of approval from fellow fab boy band The Wanted, as they will be opening up for them in the US pretty soon (before jumping on the road with the cuties in Fifth Harmony). And their single — a hand-clappy jam called “I’m Ready” — has gained over 150,000 views on YouTube…and it’s only been up for a week.
Get ready to jump on the AJR bandwagon now!
The Taylor Swift therapy for getting over a broken heart must really work, as only days after Max revealed he had written songs for ex, Michelle Keegan, on The Wanted’s ‘Word Of Mouth’ album, Max confirmed his relationship with Nina.
Max told New Magazine “We’ve been friends for a while and then a couple of months ago we met up and thought, ‘Let’s take the next step”- i.e. there was a little bit too much tequila involved on a night out. POP BITS OUT.
We love Lawson here at MP! HQ, and we also love awesome re-releases with plenty of goodies just waiting for our seasonal stockings! In other words, Lawson have gone and released the sequel (kind of) to their hugely successful debut album ‘Chapman Square’, the ‘Chapter II’ experience.
Is this worth a re-buy or are the tracks little more than just bloated B-sides flogged to get us to spend our wonger?
Fortunately, the album’s re-release already has plenty of solid tracks on there in the forms of some huge previous singles – big ballad and debut single ‘When She Was Mine’ is still the massive heartfelt blubfest that frontman Andy Brown dedicated to ex-girlfriend and all-round lovely human being Mollie off the Saturdays, and with half of the songs coming from his own pen, the feelings of love and loss made it one of the most solid debuts in a while. Singles such as the guitar-powered ‘Standing in the Dark’ and the surprisingly inviting ‘Learn To Love Again’ helped bolster this.
Onto the new tracks, led by new single ‘Juliet’, which, thankfully, is simultaneously the epitome of a boyband single and very different altogether. ‘Juliet’ is full of chant-a-long attitude, handclaps and a chorus so addictive it should be sold in dark alleys for desperate pop fans, making this possibly the most chart-friendly tune the lads have lent their name to.
Other new tracks fare just as well – ‘Are You Ready?’ is a huge tune filled with dramatic guitar stylings, a rousing chorus and not unlike some of The Wanted’s punchier offerings, while ‘Back To Life’ starts off standard until the certifiably epic and stadium-ready chorus rears its head.
Not every song is good, however – ‘Love Locked Out’ is a nice song, but despite all the 80s-style synths and 90s boyband vibe, it falls a little short in terms of giving a big ‘oomph!’. Meanwhile, ‘Parachute’ is full to the brim of arena-sounding handclaps and a dramatic sound, but it doesn’t sound quite like the boys. It’s radio friendly enough to potentially be a hit, but sounds more like another boyband dropping in on their recording session.
All in all, ‘Chapman Square: Chapter II’ is a solid and well-considered re-release of an already-popular debut album from an extremely promising boyband. Are we expecting the future of pop music and boybands? No. However, what we did expect – some solid, fantastically catchy pop music – was more than met, and when even the weaker songs are still catchy and fun, you know you’re onto a winner.
Check out the video for new single ‘Juliet’ below and let us know what you think of the latest chapter in the Chapman Square saga:
Speaking about the new album ‘Word Of Mouth’, Max explained “We’ve written about tough experiences we’ve had in our lies over the years – relationship breakdowns and that sort of thing. I’ve written about my break-up with Michelle.”
“I’ve written a couple of songs about it and the experiences I went through. There’s one song called ‘Heartbreak Story’, which is definitely close to me.”
Someone’s been listening to a bit too much Taylor Swift…
And we’ve only gone and got or hands on some of the lyrics, too! “Girl there is no need to hide away, what’s done is done now. He gave you up and then he let you down and all the trust is broken now, he can’t remember how it used to be, it doesn’t have to be a heartbreak story.”
Ok, we’ve got a serious lump in our throat right now!
The Wanted’s ‘Word Of Mouth’ is released 4 November. POP BITS OUT.
The Wanted have finally debuted their video for ‘Show Me Love’. The vid was a little later than planned but we can confirm it was well worth the wait. The boys look well fit, the video has more emotion than Judges Houses on the X Factor and, lets face it, it’s a ruddy good tune.
Here’s 5 things you need to know about Max, Jay, Nathan, Tom and Siva’s visual treatment for their latest track:
Nathan travels back in time to his ‘Almost Is Never Enough‘ days (which wasn’t that long ago actually) and is back in front of a piano. We are one happy pop blog.
The Wanted aren’t afraid to reference old boy bands (as proven in their ‘Walks Like Rihanna’ video) and as they frolic in the rain in black and white, we were reminded of Take That’s glory days. Duet soon please.
Check out the video below and show as much love as you want in the comment box below:
The Wanted are five of the hunkiest chaps in the world and we love the fact their new album ‘Word of Mouth’ is coming soon and the tour is hitting arenas and venues in 2014.
While we’re busy stocking up on boozey drinks, glowsticks and practising our best dance moves to every dance-pop breakdown in the lads’ impressive repertoire of club tunes, we’re looking over just five of the things we want from their 2014 tour:
Max to get shirtless. Because let’s be honest, Max is ripped to hell and with the shaven head and the cheeky grin, he’s the frontman for some serious manband eye candy. We like. More please, Mr George.
Hair extensions for Jay. Max is a bad boy for saving Jay’s hair off or at least half of it. Whatever, we still want some kind of hair extensions or something to make it look more normal and less like a drunk attempt at doing that Rihanna-in-the-Diamonds-video-half-shaved-hair look if it hasn’t grown back yet. Either that, or go the whole hog and go bald for charity. Worked for Jessie J
Awesome merch. We’re talking above and beyond the usual appeal of apparel like t-shirts and wristbands. We’re more about ‘She Walks Like Rihanna’ edition trainers, ‘We Own The Night’ glowsticks and ‘Show Me Love’ heart paraphenalia. Think outside the box here, guys, and we’re here if you need a marketing meeting. Or someone to host a wet T-shirt contest.
A proper rave-up finale. We’re talking the rave to end all raves here – a big blockbuster mashup finale of ‘We Own The Night’, a remix of ‘All Time Low’ and ‘Glad You Came’ to finish. Glowsticks, smoke machines, enough dry ice to make the band disappear from sight. Don’t disappoint us, boys.
Check out the video for The Wanted’s ‘We Own The Night’ below:
*Tense X Factor thudding music (you can also flick the lights in the room on and off if you would like to increase the tense mood)* The results are in for the MP! Top Ten.
You had your say and we have calculated (and recalculated) the votes and we can reveal that the MP! Top Ten is, as follows:
Selena Gomez- ‘Slow Down’ makes it’s first appearance in the MP! Top Ten in tenth place, closely followed by a new entry from The Saturdays, ‘Disco Love’, in at number 9. The number 8 spot is held by Nariana with their duet ‘Almost Is Never Enough’ whilst Union J’s ‘Carry You’ is still going strong at number 7. Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball smashes in at number 6 and another new entry, ‘R U Crazy?’ by Conor Maynard, takes fifth place.
The Wanted have moved up one place to number 4 from last week with ‘We Own The Night’ whilst Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ holds on to her spot in third place. But who came out on top in MP! Top Ten. We can reveal it was EXTREMELY close with just two votes in the difference. The Vamps came in second with ‘Can We Dance’ and One Direction hold onto the top spot with ‘Best Song Ever’!
After a telephone-call-break-up (ouch!), the pair separated in February and Jai has now posted a TwitLonger explaining how he was cheated on (double-ouch!)
“Yes I was cheated on. Yes it does suck. Yes I was left for another man.” Jai shared with his 1,152,377 followers. “Nathan may be a top bloke or a sweet person, but what he did was just completely wrong. He interfered with my life and and did not respect my relationship, his actions caused me to not be able to sleep at night and not see the world as a beautiful place.”
He continued: “Nathan if you read this, when you hold her hand you better hold it tight because you are holding my world. I do wish you two happiness and a good life and hope everything works out. Through all of this I have been able to mature as a person and grow up and have learnt a lot about myself.”
Ari’s bro, Frankie has previously jumped to her defence, posting: “Anybody who believes that rumor about my sister needs to pause. Open their eyes and remember how much she loved him… He CRUSHED her w/ a phone breakup and to see Ari that miserable broke MY heart. It was a sad time for us all.”
We have a feeling this won’t be stopping anytime soon. POP BITS OUT.