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Zayn Malik Signs Solo Record Deal With RCA


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Zayn Malik is getting the next step in his career under way with the news that he’s signed a solo recording deal with the major label RCA, announcing in the process that he intends to make “#realmusic’.

On Wednesday (July 29th), Billboard revealed that the 22 year old ex-One Directioner has also signed up with management company Turn First, who also look after Iggy Azalea, and will be working with R&B producer Malay, somebody who has worked with the likes of John Legend and Frank Ocean.

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Has Simon Cowell Hinted One Direction Could Be About To Take A Break Following Louis' Baby News?


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‘X-Factor’ judge Simon Cowell has hinted that it might soon be time for One Direction to go on a hiatus, following the news that band member Louis Tomlinson is about to become a father for the first time. Speaking to The Sun newspaper the boyband’s mentor said the group now had enough hits under their belt to allow for some time off.

 

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One Direction's Louis Tomlinson To Become A Father


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More news to rock the worlds of One Direction fans emerged today as reports suggest that Louis Tomlinson is to become a father. The boyband member is said to be expecting a baby with Los Angeles-based stylist Briana Jungwirth.

The rumours have not been officially confirmed at the time of writing, but People magazine reported on Tuesday evening (July 14th) that a source close to both parties told them: “Louis is happy and very excited about becoming a dad and he thinks Briana will be an amazing mother. It was a surprise at first, but he and Briana are very, very close friends and this has brought them even closer.”

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Zayn Malik Hits Out At Producer Naughty Boy On Twitter. Is Their Friendship Over?


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It seems that the friendship and musical collaboration between Zayn Malik and producer Naughty Boy is official over, after the ex-One Direction member aimed some not subtle tweets at his former friend. The pair were thought to be working together on Zayn’s solo material ever since the 22 year old announced his departure from the boyband in March.

Zayn MalikZayn Malik and producer Naughty Boy appear to have had a falling out.

On Monday Malik tweeted, "NaughtyBoyMusic you fat joke stop pretending we're friends no one knows you.” Later following up with, "Someone learned how to upload a video... maybe now he should learn how to use logic ha you ain't s*** but a faker.”

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Harry Styles Reckons The 1D Shows Without Zayn Have Been "Some Of The Best We've Had"


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Ahead of their North American tour, Harry Styles has claimed that the new One Direction shows have been “some of the best we’ve had” and that the group has not been knocked off its stride despite Zayn Malik’s highly publicised departure earlier this year.

Styles was speaking to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the latest leg of their ‘On The Road… Again’ tour kicking off in San Diego on July 9th. The massive stadium tour has suffered from a dip in ticket sales, but that hasn't affected the band's mindset at all.

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Katy Perry Is Named Forbes Highest Paid Female Entertainer


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Katy Perry graces the cover of Forbes' annual ‘Highest Earning Celebrities’ issue this month, as the singer is ranked as the world’s highest paid female entertainer as well as the biggest money making musician. Perry comes in a number three overall on the list and is beaten only by boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao after their record breaking fight last month.

Katy PerryKaty Perry is 2015’s highest earning musician.

Mayweather tops the list after making an incredible $300 million in earnings, mostly thanks to the ‘fight of the century’ which took place May 1st in Las Vegas. His opponent Manny Pacquiao didn't do too badly for himself either, coming in second place with earnings of $160 million.

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Zayn Malik NOT Returning To One Direction Despite Conspiracy Theories Doing The Rounds


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Bad news, Directioners – in what looked like it might have been the promotional stunt of the year, it appears that Zayn Malik is NOT on the verge of returning to One Direction.

Over the last week or so, rumours had been escalating that that 22 year old Malik, who quit the group citing exhaustion during their tour of the Far East back in March, was set to make a sensational U-turn and rejoin the boyband.

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One Direction And Ed Sheeran Lead As Five Of 2014's Biggest Selling Albums Are By British Artists


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One Direction and Ed Sheeran led a record breaking year for British artists in 2014, who had five of the top 10 best-selling albums worldwide. More than one in seven albums sold worldwide last year were by British artists, giving them a record 13.7% share of the global market.

one directionOne Direction’s Four was the highest selling British album of 2014.

One Direction led the way with Four, which was the biggest-selling album by a UK artist in 2014, with 3.2 million in global sales. The boyband came in second over all and were only beaten by Taylor Swift’s 1989 which sold six million copies worldwide.

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Ellie Goulding Denies Ever Being In A Relationship With Ed Sheeran


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Ellie Goulding has confirmed and denied a few relationship rumours we’ve been curious to know are true or false for some time. The 28-year-old singer is currently in a relationship with McFly band member Dougie Poynter and she couldn’t be happier. However, she wanted to set the record straight when it came to her ‘relationship’ with a certain pop star.

Ellie Goulding and Dougie PoynterEllie Goulding and Dougie Poynter have been dating since early this year.

Read More: Ellie Goulding Spends International Women's Day With Taylor Swift And Friends.

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Noel Gallagher Can't Understand Why Zayn Malik Quit One Direction


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Noel Gallagher has spoken out on Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction in a new interview, expressing disbelief at the star’s choice not to tough it out with the group as, in his view, they have “at most, five years left”.

The former Oasis songwriter was talking to James Corden on ‘The Late, Late Show’ on Monday night, and said that he failed to grasp why Zayn would choose to quit the band when the group had a limited lifespan in any case. “I can't understand why he would do it,” he said, “because they've only got, at most, five years left.”

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Harry Styles Clears Up LA Bus Ride Rumours


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When all you can think about is one band, you're probably going to see lookalikes everywhere. Unfortunately, that was the case for one excited One Direction fan who posted a photo on Twitter apparently showing the back of Harry Styles head on a bus.

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The superfan posted a picture of a young man riding the bus in LA - who had his long hair pulled back, earphones in, apparently lost in his music and with what looks like a remarkably Styles-esque nose - accompanied by the caption 'Harry on a bus in LA!' As it turns out, the man was actually, well, we don't know. 'It actually wasn't me', Styles confessed in a red carpet interview ahead of the band's performance at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. 

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Billboard Awards: Taylor Swift Wins All Of The Things


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At last night’s Billboard Awards, Taylor Swift reached a new milestone in her career, becoming the award show’s most decorated artist. Her eight awards (out of 14 nods), including one for Best Artist, bring her Billboard total to twenty, more than the previous record holder, Garth Brooks.

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All of the awards.

Taylor had more than one reason to celebrate on Sunday though, since the award show coincided with the release of her music video for Bad Blood, featuring the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Zendaya, Ellie Goulding, Hayley Williams and many more. The video premiered at the awards, after a brief introduction from the woman of the hour. Taylor also won a special achievement award chosen by fan voting.

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One Direction Are Officially A Four In First Interview Since Zayn's Departure


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The news that Zayn Malik had left One Direction shook pop fans all across the world and devoted followers of the band have been left devastated that their once fabulous five have gone down to a frugal four.

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However, 1D have proved that they’re ready to move on having made their first appearance without Zayn on James Corden’s Late Late Show in America.

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One Direction To Make First Zayn-less Appearance At Billboard Music Awards Next Weekend


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One Direction will be appearing at next weekend’s Billboard Music Awards, in their first public outing since Zayn Malik quit the band back in March. Billboard have confirmed that Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan will all be in attendance at the ceremony, where they will be presenting a trophy.

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The group will surely be hoping to put recent dramas behind them with the appearance as they step out for the first time as a fourpiece. Last month former member Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since leaving the band, at the Asian Awards in London.

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Zayn Malik Says He Was Just 'Defending' Himself, As One Direction Feud Heats Up Twitter


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Mayweather vs Pacquiao might have been billed as the fight of the century last weekend, but don’t underestimate the drama which can occur when a former boyband member, his producer and his ex-bandmate get into a twitter spat. Yes just over a month after One Direction went from five to four, it appears the gloves are well and truly off between former member Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson.

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It all started on Wednesday afternoon, when producer Naughty Boy, who’s been working with Zayn on solo material, tweeted an pic of the pair using an image filter along with the caption, ‘Replace this’.

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Twitter Feud Between Zayn Malik And Louis Tomlinson


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Right, so it turns out that the fallout of Zayn Malik’s departure might be a bit more sensitive for everybody than One Direction’s management would like it to appear.

On Wednesday afternoon, a notable feud broke out on Twitter between Malik and remaining 1D member Louis Tomlinson, later continued on Zayn’s behalf by his producer friend Naughty Boy. For the first time, it indicates that there might be bad blood surrounding Malik’s departure after all.

Zayn MalikZayn Malik at the Asian Awards ceremony last month

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Zayn Malik Removes One Direction References On Twitter, Fans Become Hysterical


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Zayn Malik has deleted all references to One Direction on his Twitter account. His Twitter handle, which was @ZaynMalik1D until yesterday (Thursday 30th April), has been changed to just @ZaynMalik. The 22-year-old has also deleted the link to the One Direction website from his bio. To say One Direction fans are taking this recent update badly is something of an understatement.  

Zayn MalikZayn Malik with his mother at the 5th Annual Asian Awards in London in April.

Read More: Liam Payne Claims New One Direction Songs Sound Like Oasis.

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Amy Schumer Parodies One Direction And Calls Out Beauty Standards With 'Girl You Don't Need Makeup'


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On Tuesday night’s edition of ‘Inside Amy Schumer’, a fictional boyband, that may or may not have been based on One Direction, performed ‘Girl, You Don't Need Makeup’. A song which may or may not have been based on, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. As well as being pretty funny, the song also inspired women to tweet Schumer selfies of their makeup-free faces, using the hashtag, #girlyoudontneedmakeup.

Amy SchumerSchumer encouraged fans to tweet their no make-up selfies.

The song highlighted the mixed messages often heard in the media when it comes to make- up and natural beauty. The boys began by singing to Amy, ‘You don't need no lipstick / You don't need no blush / 'Cause you've got that inner natural glow / Magazines say that you're whack / Girl, don't believe them / Just leave that tabloid trash on the rack.’

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Liam Payne Claims New One Direction Songs Sound Like Oasis


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Barely a month after the departure of Zayn Malik, One Direction are clearly wasting no time in getting on with their career. Group member Liam Payne has suggested that the songs for their new album sound “great” and a bit like Oasis.

Payne was speaking to Capital FM on Tuesday morning and said “the album's coming together really well actually. The boys we've been writing with have come up with some great, great songs that are kind of like a bit Oasis-y almost, which is ace. I love that.”

Liam PayneLiam Payne was talking about the new 1D album to Capital FM on Tuesday

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Take That Give Advice To One Direction On How To Cope With Losing A Band Member


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Take That have offered some boy band-to-boy band advice to One Direction about how to carry on the aftermath of Zayn Malik’s departure, having been in the same situation themselves once upon a time.

Mark Owen was speaking to British radio station Magic FM when he was asked about the similarity of the two situations, and replied “Do you know what, one thing that we never did when Rob left us the first time is we never... You get caught up in your world and you forget sometimes... hopefully somebody's phoned Zayn and made sure he's alright, because it's, you know, it's difficult.”

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So What Does Stephen Hawking Think About Zayn Malik Leaving One Direction?


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We all know Stephen Hawking is a genius who can give us answers on some of the universe’s most mind-boggling questions. So what better person is there to ask about the most troubling and puzzling question of recent times, what is the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction?

Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking may have just given million of One Directioners hope.

Professor Hawking was speaking at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday night via a 3D hologram projection from his actual location at Cambridge University in the U.K. During the talk Hawking answered questions from his daughter, journalist Lucy Hawking and physicist Paul Davies, as well as audience members at the Opera house.

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Zayn Malik Breaks Month Long Twitter Silence With Thank You To Supporters


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After nearly a month of social media silence, former One Direction member Zayn Malik has tweeted for the first time since his departure from the group in the middle of the South East Asian leg of their world tour.

“Wanna say thanks to everyone that's been there for me over the last few weeks,” he wrote. “Love you all.. you know who you are x.” Nothing too profound or revelatory, but it’s a sign that the 22 year old is ready to re-engage with the world and, perhaps, some word of solo material.

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Morgan Spurlock Claims Harry Styles Will Leave One Direction


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Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker who directed One Direction's This Is Us movie, has claimed that Harry Styles will be next to leave the band. Speaking to TMZ.com, the Supersize Me star admitted he didn't think the group would stay together for much longer.

Morgan SpurlockMorgan Spurlock says Harry Styles [center] is likely to leave One Direction

"I think they'll stay together for a little while, for a little bit longer and then at some point Harry will leave, he'll be next," he said.

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Zayn Malik Debuts New Hairstyle During First Post One Direction Appearance At Asian Awards [Pictures]


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Zayn Malik has made his first public appearance since leaving One Direction, at the fifth Annual Asian Awards. The 22 year old debut a new shaved hairstyle at the event, where he was accompanied by his mother Trisha Malik.

Zayn MalikZayn was accompanied to the event by his mother, Trisha.

The 22-year-old was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the ceremony, which was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Accepting the award Zayn referenced his time in the million selling pop group and thanked his former bandmates.

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One Direction Share First Image As A Four Piece, While Zayn Malik Prepares To Make First Public Appearance Since His Departure


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We knew it would happen one day, but One Direction have officially picked up the pieces and moved on since saying goodbye to Zayn Malik last month. In news which might be upsetting to some, the group have just released their first official photo as a four piece, showing life will go on for the boyband after Zayn's departure.

One DirectionThe new One Direction, minus Zayn Malik

In the pic Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson stand against a plain background and appear to look a little apprehensive about their future. While some have described the image as a little on the depressing side, the band do seem to be getting on with things as normal and have even begun recording their fifth album.

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One Direction Assure Fans They're 100% Committed To Continuing As A Four Piece


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It’s been a tough couple of weeks for One Direction and the group’s legion of fans, but it seems the boys are beginning to come to terms with Zayn Malik's exit. Speaking for the first time since Zayn's departure, the band assured fans they would continue, despite going from a five piece to a four some in the past month. 

One DirectionDon't cry fans: One Direction will carry on without Zayn Malik.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper Liam Payne said, “We’re gutted that Zayn chose to leave but now after a few performances as a four piece, we’re feeling confident and are determined to carry on stronger than ever.”

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One Direction Moving On After Zayn Malik's Departure


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First they were afraid, they were petrified, kept thinking they could never live without him by their side... but One Direction seem to have moved on from Zayn Malik’s departure fairly quickly. So says Niall Horan, in a series of tweets which revealed that the band is already planning a return to the studio.

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One Direction are now going in separate directions.

He wrote: "Had a sit down last night with the label, started organising our writing sessions for the next album! F**k yeaaaahhhh! Can't wait!"

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Is Zayn Malik's New Direction A Solo Career On Simon Cowell's SyCo Label?


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Zayn Malik’s plans of leading the life of a normal 22 year old might have hit bit of a roadblock, as it appears the former One Directioner is about to embark on a solo career. Zayn sent One Direction fans into a meltdown on Wednesday when he announced his departure from the boyband, after previously being signed off the group’s current tour due to stress.

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In announcing his departure from the band Malik said in a statement, "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 apologise to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart.”

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Simon Cowell Praises Dermot O'Leary After Presenter Announces He's Leaving 'The X-Factor'


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Simon Cowell has praised Dermot O'Leary after the presenter announced he would no longer be hosting The X-Factor. 41-year-old Leary announced he would be leaving the show on Friday (27th March). The presenter, who has hosted the show for eight years since taking over from Kate Thornton in 2007, informed fans of his decision on Twitter.

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Simon Cowell has praised Dermot O'Leary after the presenter announced he is leaving The X Factor.

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Billy Zane Pokes Fun At Fans' Reactions To Zayn Malik's Departure In Funny Or Die Skit


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Billy Zane poked fun at One Direction fans whilst appearing in a skit for Funny or Die. The Titanic actor feigned surprise at the amount of tweets which seemingly referred to him, expressing some displeasure at the misspelling of 'Zane'. The tweets were, of course, about the departure of Zayn Malik from One Direction but, taken out of context, the over reaction of 1D's fans is even more amusing.

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Zane or Zayn? Billy Zane (L) jokes about Zayn Malik's (R) departure from One Direction in his Funny or Die sketch.

Read More: One Direction React To Zayn Malik's Departure, Thank Fans For Support.

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Four Artists Most Likely To Release A Surprise Album This Year


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Surprise albums are all the rage, and it’s easy to understand why. They make sense for both fans and artists, and there’s hardly any downside to just throwing your highly anticipated album up for download on a random Saturday night with nothing else going on around the Internet. It practically sells itself at that point.

Kendrick Lamar LiveKendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly saw an early release

Take a look at Kendrick Lamar: his new record, To Pimp A Butterfly, wasn’t even technically a surprise, as it was just allegedly “accidentally” released early on iTunes before its release. It still yielded the same results as a complete surprise album would, and it smashed a ton of streaming records like the 9.6 million number that was achieved via Spotify listens. The record-holder before that was, of course, none other than Drake’s surprise mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. You can see the trend here.

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Louis Tomlinson Confirms Split From Girlfriend As One Direction Continue Tour Without Zayn Malik


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One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is single again, after splitting from his girlfriend of nearly four years Eleanor Calder. The couple’s split was confirmed after tabloids published pictures claiming to be of the 23 year old and a ‘mystery brunette’ over the weekend.

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"Louis and Eleanor split up two weeks ago," a rep for the band confirmed to E! News. "They have not announced this as they wanted some privacy during this time.”

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One Direction Fans Fear For Boyband's Future After Zayn Malik Is Signed Off Tour


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The future of the world’s biggest boyband One Direction could be in doubt, following a difficult week for the group which culminated in Zayn Malik leaving their 'On The Road Again' tour due to stress. The singer, who is engaged to Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, had been accused of cheating on his fiancée last week, while the band were on tour in Asia.

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Zayn’s departure from the tour was announced on Thursday by the band’s publicist Simon Jones who delivered the news on Twitter writing, "1D statement: Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.” The 22 year old has since been spotted arriving home to Heathrow.

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Zayn Malik "Signed Off With Stress", Taking A Break From One Direction Tour


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Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction's tour and heading back to the UK. 22-year-old Malik has been signed off with stress. Malik will miss the next three tour dates in Manila and Jakarta. He is hoping to return to perform with the rest of the band in Johannesburg on 28th March for the last four concerts on their world tour. Simon Jones, One Direction's publicist, released a short statement on Twitter. "1D statement: Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta," Jones wrote on Twitter.

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Zayn Malik has been signed off with stress.

Read More: Louis Tomlinson Slams The Voice On Twitter. 

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Video - One Direction Touch Down In London Following Tokyo Residency - Part 2


Members of One Direction including Liam Payne can be seen huddled together with some members of their entourage having recently touched down in London following their series of shows in Tokyo, Japan. They performed at the Saitama Super Arena for four dates with 5 Seconds Of Summer.

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Video - One Direction Spotted By Fans In London After Tokyo Show - Part 1


Some members of One Direction are spotted in London with their entourage having just flown in from Tokyo, Japan, where they visited on their World Tour. One individual, though his identity is unclear, proceeds to spit casually on the ground to cries of disgust from onlookers and fans. Noticing his audience, he raises his arms briefly in a macho gesture.

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Ed Sheeran And Sam Smith Win At Brit Awards


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Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith were the big winners at the Brit Awards. The annual music industry spectacular rewarded the two biggest-selling artists of last year by bestowing two trophies on each on Wednesday night (February 25th).

Sheeran won the two biggest prizes for which he was nominated – those of British Male Solo Artist and Best British Album for his sophomore record X. He beat four other UK Number 1 albums to do so – rival Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, Royal Blood’s self-titled debut, indie stars Alt-J’s This Is All Yours and George Ezra’s slow-burning debut Wanted On Voyage.

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Ed Sheeran arriving for Wednesday night's Brit Awards, where he won twice

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Meghan Trainor Writes Song With Harry Styles


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American hitmaker Meghan Trainor has confirmed a match made in pop songwriting heaven by revealing that she’s written a song with One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles.

The 21 year old dropped by BBC Radio 1 on Tuesday morning and told host Nick Grimshaw that the “cute acoustic love” song is called ‘Someday Maybe’. Grimshaw was asking Trainor about an earlier interview with ‘The Sun’ in which she indicated that the Styles writing hook-up had happened.

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Meghan Trainor outside BBC Radio 1 studios, where she spoke about the Harry Style collaboration

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Brit Awards 2015 Nominations Announced: Sam Smith, George Ezra And Royal Blood Are Major Contenders


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The 2015 Brit Award nominations have finally been announced with, it seems, a few surprises alongside the obvious candidates. There's no prizes for guessing who's come out on top for this year's list of award-winning possibles.

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Sam Smith leads nominations

Awards season rears its ominous head for another year, with some major ceremonies - in both film and music - having already taken place. We've seen prizes sent out for 2014's films; I.e. Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards, People's Choice Awards, AFI Honours; and now it's time for music, with the BBC Sound of 2015 having already taken place and now The Brits and the Grammys have unveiled their candidates.

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Louis Tomlinson Slams 'The Voice' On Twitter


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One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson is tired of ‘The Voice’ continually slagging off ‘The X Factor’. Ahead of the BBC’s flagship talent contest making its reappearance this Saturday (January 10th), the boyband member suggested that there wasn’t even a contest between the two programmes.

The 23 year old star aired his grievances on Twitter, where he vented: “Is bad mouthing The X Factor the only way The Voice knows how to promo their show? #everyyear.” Later, he said: "it's like Accrington Stanley trying to compete with Real Madrid.”

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Louis Tomlinson is angry with 'The Voice' for continually slagging 'The X Factor' for promotion

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Jimmy Fallon Sings With One Direction And Chats With Jerry Seinfeld


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Comedian and TV presenter Jimmy Fallon has had a couple of very special guests on ‘The Tonight Show’ in the run-up to Christmas. On Monday he sang an adorable festive song with One Direction before hosting the boyband on his show the following evening.

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One Direction sang 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' with Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show'

In the episode shown on the night before Christmas Eve (Tuesday 23 December), the British hitmakers were guests on the show and Fallon broadcast the clip they had previously recorded, a cover version of ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ performed on classroom instruments and be-decked in some pretty nerdy-looking Christmas jumpers. Enough to induce festive feelings into even the hardest of hearts!

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Harry Styles Is Going Teetotal Over Xmas To Prepare For 1D's Next Tour


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Harry Styles is on a health kick and he's not drinking this Christmas! We shouldn't feel too sorry for him though as Styles is seeing his new found teetotalism as a challenge. 

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Harry Styles at the BBC Music Awards in December 2014.

Read More: Despite Their Stylish Looks, One Direction Insist They're Not High Maintenance.

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One Direction Confirm Plans For A Fifth Album


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Amid rumours from some quarters that a split was on the horizon, global chart conquerors One Direction have dismissed such negativity and confirmed that the band will apparently record a fifth album.

Speaking at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, band member Niall Horan said when asked about the possibility of a new full-length record: "Yes, there will be.” There seemed to be some cross-communication, though, because his colleague Liam Payne had just confusingly commented “we're just so happy that this album (i.e. Four) has gone really well for us and it's kind of given us somewhere else to go with music now, if we do happen to do another one..."

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1D, pictured here at the BBC Music Awards on Thursday, confirmed that there will be a fifth album

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Taylor Swift Continues Reign At Number 1


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Although everything else about 2014 seems to winding down ahead of the holiday season, there’s no sign of Taylor Swift’s dominance of the pop world coming to an end any time soon. Swift’s fifth album 1989 is spending a fifth week at the top of the US Billboard charts.

Having had her reign interrupted for a week at the end of November, with British band One Direction hitting the top spot with their new album Four, the 24 year old superstar returned to the top last week. With another 274,000 sales in the week ending December 7th, she has easily been able to retain her crown.

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With a fifth non-consecutive week at Number 1, Taylor Swift's dominance shows no sign of abating

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Taylor Swift Returns To Number 1 In Albums Chart


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After a one week interruption, Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 returned to the top spot in the US Billboard 200. Having been dethroned by British band One Direction’s Four last week, the 24 year old’s fifth record, whose sales now stand at over 2.5 million, reclaimed its position at Number One.

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Taylor Swift returns to Number 1 for a fourth week after a One Direction-interrupted break

This week’s chart is notable since it’s the first time that Billboard has incorporated on-demand streaming and digital sales data. It is the most significant overhaul of their methodology since 1991, when Nielsen’s ‘point of sale’ data (called SoundScan) was brought in.

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One Direction Announce Additional On The Road Again Tour Dates For 2015


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One Direction's global fan base will have a chance to see their favourite five-piece band live in 2015 as they are hitting the road once again, and this time taking their On The Road Again tour all over the world.

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One Direction are playing across the world on their On The Road Again tour

The former X-Factor contestants announced the exciting news via a video posted on Saturday (Nov. 29) on Twitter, and confirmed their huge tour will kick off on Feb. 7, 2015 in Sydney Australia, before reaching North America on July. 9 in San Diego, California, and finally wrapping things up on Oct. 30 in Sheffield, England.

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One Direction's Breaks Records With Fourth Album To Debut On Top Of US Album Chart


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Hello, this is your resident One Direction correspondent speaking. Four is number one in the US, repeat number one in the US. This is not a drill, people.

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Everything is One Direction and nothing hurts.

While we should all be at least a little bit saddened by the fact that Taylor Swift’s masterpiece of a pop album, 1989, has been knocked off the top, the 387,000 copies of Four sold this week are a clear indicator of one thing. Unlike countless other boybands, One Direction have a formula that works long term. Or long-er term than your standard N*SYNC or Backstreet Boys anyway.

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Despite Their Stylish Looks, One Direction Insist They're Not High Maintenance


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One Direction are, quite simply, the best Artist of the Year. While this fact is already known by many of the boy band’s fans, it was unanimously proved at the American Music Awards when the boys scooped the Artist of the Year award and Favourite Pop Group.

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The boys were crowned Artist of the Year at the AMAs

But having all this fame, fortune and adoration must have changed them in so many ways - surely they’re higher maintenance than they ever were?

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One Direction Make Billboard 200 History With 'Four'


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British pop group One Direction have made history in the United States, becoming the first group to have their first four albums go straight to number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The band, who formed following a stint on the UK X-Factor, shifted 387,000 copies of Four in the first week of sales, coming second only to Taylor Swift's all-conquering 1989 for largest debut of the year.

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Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne are undoubtedly biggest pop group on the planet and, if there success on the Billboard chart is taken into consideration, could be the biggest of all time. The band have now surpassed their own record, set when their third album, Midnight Memories, went to No.1 in the States.

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Justin Bieber Is No.1 On Forbes' List Of The Highest-Earning Celebrities Under 30 With $80 Million


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Even if you hate him or love him, Justin Bieber is one wealthy 20-year-old. In his fourth year making the annual list, the Canadian megastar tops Forbes magazine's list of the highest-earning celebrities under 30 years old for the first time ever.

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Bieber earned $80 million between June 2013 and June 2014

Bieber reached the No.1 spot by earning a whopping $80 million over a twelve month period from June 2013 to June 2014, the magazine confirmed on Monday (Nov 24th), who credited most of his annual income to the final part of the 'Baby' singer's recent world tour.

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One Direction and Brit Awards - Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan of One Direction Tuesday 21st February 2012 The BRIT Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena - Press Room

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