When Zayn Malik announced his surprising departure from One Direction, a few assumed he needed some much needed rest and relaxation. It appears the 22-year-old wasn’t needing time out of the spotlight but rather have the spotlight shine solely on him. Apparently, he’s been working on solo material for some time now. Shady, shady, shady.
A demo of his collaboration with Naughty Boy leaked online Monday. “I Won’t Mind” is a slow-tempo jam with an acoustic vibe. It’s really hard to pass full judgement on an unfinished product, but I’m not feeling it.
In my opinion, I don’t think Malik will do well without his bandmates. If anyone from One Direction is the Justin Timberlake of the bunch, I’d put my money on either Liam or Harry. Give his solo work a listen below and weigh in afterward.
The worlds of many teenage girls as they knew it crumbled earlier this week when Zayn Malik announced his departure from One Direction. Devastated by the news, they took to social media to express their outrage and broken hearts.
Funny or Die decided to capitalize on the situation by enlisting Billy Zane for their latest spoof. For those youngins who don’t know who Billy is, he’s that bad guy from Titanic ;)
The 49-year-old actor mistakenly thinks all the tweets are directed towards him. “I just way to say to my adoring and mysteriously heartbroken fans, you light up my world like nobody else. You don’t know you’re beautiful, and that is what makes you beautiful.” He jokingly adds, “I don’t want to be nitpicky, but just for the sake of record, it’s Z-A-N-E, not Z-A-Y-N.”
Check out the amusing clip below which features Zane also reciting a few “My Heart Will Go On” lyrics.
If I was a betting man, I would’ve placed all my money on Zayn Malik being the first to leave One Direction. Even before he took a break from touring last week due to stress, I had a feeling he was the Ginger Spice of the group.
The announcement was made today via the band’s Facebook page. Those worried that this means this is the end of 1D, fear not. They will continue as a quartet much like Spice Girls did when Geri Halliwell left.
Question is, for how long? Sans Ginger, the Spice Girls only lasted for another album which performed mediocrely compared to their previous albums. Check out Zayn’s official statement below.
“My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.” – Zayn Malik
Did you retweet in 2013? If you did, chances are pretty high you shared one of Twitter’s top three retweets of the year. Two of them involve a celebrity death while the other is a birthday shout-out. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular on the micro-blogging site is Lea Michele’s thanks to her fans for their support in the wake of Cory Monteith’s death. Check out the other two below, along with Twitter’s year in review video.
Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart. pic.twitter.com/XVlZnh9vOc
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 29, 2013
Despite all the headlines and chart success, Miley Cyrus received no Grammy nominations. I guess all her antics scared off Academy voters. Here’s a small consolation prize for being snubbed.
VEVO recently released their annual list ranking the ten most played music videos of the year. In no shocker, Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” topped the list. After all, the clip generated 19.3 million views on its first day of release and was the fastest to be certified in VEVO’s history by reaching 100 million views within just six days. As of December 1, the much-spoofed clip stood tall with over 371 million views worldwide. Last year’s winner, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen notched 357 million clicks in 2012.
The most interesting part of the list is how a couple of leftovers from last year made the list. Both Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and will.i.am’s collabo with Britney landed in the Top 10. On the flip side, Katy Perry breaking the Top 5 is equally as impressive, given that “Roar” only premiered just in August. Check out below what other clips were extremely popular in 2013.
With Paul Rudd and One Direction on tap, Saturday Night Live rebounded after hitting a season low among adults 18-49 when Josh Hutcherson and Haim dropped by. Creatively speaking, the sketches improved massively as well. Rudd is hilarious on his own, but with surprise help from his Anchorman 2 cast mates, it reached a whole new level.
Kristen Wiig reprised Dooneese in a Sound of Music segment. Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and David Koechner backed up Rudd during his opening monologue where they faced off against One Direction. Other highlights include the Michaelangelo small penis sketch, 1D concert line clip, the first black movie for white audiences and Jebidiah Atksinson’s holiday movie reviews. Check out all the clips below.
One Direction topped the Billboard Top 200 during the lucrative Thanksgiving weekend. Their latest, Midnight Memories, sold a whopping 546,000 copies. By debuting at No. 1, they’re the first group in history to see all of their first three albums bow at No. 1. Boy band fever is alive and well.
Even more impressive is the fact the sales of their albums keep going up- Up All Night and sophomore effort Take Me Home moved 176,000 and 540,000 respectively. Billboard notes that Midnight Memories makes One Direction only the third pop group in the SoundScan era to sell 500K+ in multiple one-week frames. Any guesses on who the other two are? Why ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys of course.
Given the shopping madness that occurred last week, numerous albums saw a sales bump. Katy Perry‘s Prism improved 252 percent, jumping from No. 11 to No. 5. Even though Lady Gaga’s Thanksgiving special was a ratings turkey, ARTPOP gained 154 percent, selling 116,000 copies. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan where thousands of lives were lost, the recording industry is banding together to raise money for the relief efforts. The three major record labels- Sony, Warner Music and Universal- created a compilation album titled Songs for the Philippines. It features 39 hit songs from some of the biggest names in the business.
Spanning multiple genres, you’ll find music from Justin Timberlake, Bob Dylan, Josh Groban, P!nk, Madonna and countless others. While some tracks like “Carry On” by Bruno Mars, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson and “Brave” from Sara Bareilles feel appropriate, others seem out of place. “Best Song Ever” by One Direction and “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera have me scratching my head. Oh well, I suppose casting the net a little wider doesn’t hurt. It’s nice to see artists with Filipino heritage also taking part, including Jessica Sanchez, Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap and Mars.
All the artists, record companies and music publishers working on the project have waived fees. The compilation album is available on iTunes for only $9.99 with all proceeds being donated to the cause. Even if you have several of the tracks already in your music collection, I urge you to purchase the album. It’s a small price to shell out to help so many. On a day where many of us have so much to be thankful for, it’s nice to think of others who are less fortunate. If you want to donate more, there’s a link to the Red Cross from iTunes.