:: Aretha Franklin‘s forthcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, is out October 21. She will sing songs by Etta James, Whitney Houston, Adele and more. [Billboard]
:: Snoop Dogg‘s next album is solely produced by Pharrell and features Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder. For a hint of what to expect, watch Snoop tease a song praising a strain of medical marijuana. [HipHopDX]
:: Beyonce would never release a free album like U2 did with Songs of Innocence. “There’s a misconception that recorded music sales are not an important piece of the mix of any artist business,” her marketing manager says. [Financial Times]
:: Is Big Sean dating Ariana Grande? Recent comments point to yes: “I am going to tell you this: Ariana is very, very special. She’s very special to me.” [Ryan Seacrest]
:: Lifetime revealed the debut trailer for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. The biopic stars Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah herself, who replaced Zendaya Coleman after she dropped out of the role. [THR]
:: The Daily Show responded to complaints from One Direction fans, for a segment comparing the boy band to terrorist groups: “Dear 1D fans: We didn’t know the band members’ names, religions, hobbies, etc,” Just knew they were popular. But not THIS popular.” [Twitter]
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Originally, One Direction planned to release new single “Steal My Girl” on September 29. As of late last night, however, fans have been wondering if the boy band had different plans in mind. After midnight, Liam Payne let Directioners know on Twitter that he was bored, he was really bored, he had headed to bed and wanted to fall asleep but couldn’t because his TV was broken and his room was too hot. Then a low-quality version of “Steal My Girl” surfaced online. #LiamWeKnowItWasYou is now a trending topic on Twitter.
Regardless of how “Steal My Girl” (off 1D’s upcoming album Four) arrived, the song is clearly a hit. “I got it all because she is the one / Her mom calls me love, her dad calls me son, alright,” the lads sing near the beginning, as if each member is trying to catch his breath. Without wasting much time, though, “Steal My Girl” morphs into a soaring stadium pop anthem with hard-hitting drum machine beats, glassy piano chords and that playground chant of a hook (“Everybody wanna steal my giiiirl / Everybody wanna take her heart away!”).
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One Direction fans have called foul on a recent Daily Show joke, though perhaps not for the reason that the Comedy Central show may have expected.
During The Daily Show‘s September 23 episode, featured “correspondent” Jessica Williams joked with host Jon Stewart about newly-forming terrorist organizations. “Just as you were talking, a new terrorist group just formed with one member each from ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction and the Zetas drug cartel,” Williams said.
The whole bit was a response to how the United States has been in conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) but refusing to call their increased action a “war.” However, Directioners interpreted the joke as a low blow to One Direction member Zayn Malik. Earlier today (September 26), their hashtag #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar, became a trending topic on Twitter. More »
Directioners, the new One Direction single, “Steal My Girl,” is here! Well, okay — it’s here in like super-abbreviated form. The song is the lead offering from the British boy band’s aptly-titled fourth LP Four (out November 17).
“Everybody wanna steal my girl, everybody wanna take her heart away,” the lads croon on the “Steal My Girl” chorus, before warning, “Find another one because she belongs to me!”
That’s about all you get from the short clip, which you can hear below ahead of the full song’s September 29 release. More »
One Direction will release the lead single to its new album Four on September 29. “Steal My Girl” was penned by Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, alongside the songwriting team responsible for Midnight Memories‘ “Best Song Ever” (Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan). “Over cascading stadium piano chords, ‘Steal My Girl’ shows the band continuing to expand their influences and song-writing ability while retaining their widescreen pop sound,” a press release says. More »
Prepare for a full-blown global Directioner meltdown.
The One Direction lads have sent their fans into a tizzy with one massive announcement this morning: Their upcoming fourth studio album will be released on November 17 — and it’s called FOUR. (You know, like Beyoncé‘s 2011 record. What will the BeyHive think?!)
And it just keeps getting better: Ahead of the release of the new record, which is available to pre-order right now, the band have released a free track for 24 hours called “Fireproof.”. The song was written by 1D’s own Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, plus John Ryan, Jamie Scott and Julian Bunetta.
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:: One Direction
‘s Harry Styles
showed his support for Michael Sam
, the first openly gay player to be drafted to the NFL, by wearing his St. Louis Rams jersey during an August 27 concert. Ironically, Sam was just cut from the team, but he may end up on its practice squad. [Twitter
:: Will the forthcoming Queen album, Queen Forever, feature new songs by touring frontman Adam Lambert? Sirius XM reports this to be true, though it does so by citing a London Standard article that doesn’t say anything to that effect. Hmmm. [Facebook]
:: Kid Cudi fainted during his set at Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival, right after he signed an autograph for a fan in the front row. He then took to Twitter to let fans know he’s okay: “If I scared anyone tonight I am so so sorry from the bottom of my heart.” [Rap-Up]
:: Simon Cowell showed support for Cheryl Cole‘s “Crazy Stupid Love” by spitting featured emcee’s Tinie Tempah‘s guest verse. Simon: Don’t quit your day job. [Capital FM]
:: ICYMI: Jimmy Kimmel Live recently had Ed Sheeran dress up as Little Orphan Annie. [YouTube]
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That new One Direction
material might be coming sooner rather than later.
After the boys hinted at their “more edgy” new material on The Today Show, “La La La” hit-maker Naughty Boy‘s just gone and revealed the title of a (potential) 1D lead single called “One Chance To Dance,” co-penned by Emeli Sandé and 1D’s own Zayn Malik.
“We wrote it with Emeli Sandé and it’s a real progression for them. I’ve been told there’s a big chance it’s going to be the first single from their next album. I literally finished it this morning so I’m allowed to talk about it now,” he revealed to The Sun. More »
:: Simon Cowell
says that he heard most of One Direction
‘s new, slightly edgier album
, and that it’s “one of their best.” Talk about a winning endorsement. [Twitter
:: Kanye West is reportedly tracking down Paul McCartney for a collaboration to be featured in his follow-up to Yeezus. “Kanye and Paul have known each other for a long time but became more friendly recently,” a source said. [HipHopDX]
:: Best friends Taylor Swift and Jaime King took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend. Swift then nominated Selena Gomez, who promptly stepped up. [MTV]
:: Justin Bieber also took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, after being tapped by manager Scooter Braun. He nominated Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and comedian Chris D’Elia. [Instagram]
:: That said, “Weird Al” Yankovic may have outdone everyone with his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He nominated Obama, the Dalai Lama and the Pope. [Stereogum]
:: Chris Martin is reportedly seeing actress Jennifer Lawrence. He and Gwyneth Paltrow split after being married for more than a decade in March. [E!]
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Are you ready to spice up those Midnight Memories
While the boys of One Direction are currently out on the Where We Are Tour (the #1 selling tour of 2014!), the boys stopped by The Today Show to chat with Carson Daly about their tour, their new fragrance and, most exciting of all, their upcoming music.
“I think it’s going to be a little bit more edgy…we feel like we’ve got some really good songs,” Niall explained to Carson when asked about working on their upcoming album. Hey, edgy is good! (We think, anyway.) Plus, it sounds like the music’s getting a little bit more personal this time around: “We’ve all taken a hand in the writing this time. We’ve literally written almost every song,” Liam continued.
Are you ready for the next era of 1D? Check out the troupe talking it up with Carson after the jump. More »