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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.

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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.

Zayn MalikZayn left the 1D tour on Thursday

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 Dispel Rumours With AMA Performance


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Hello, this is your resident One Direction correspondent speaking. The Brit wonder made a splash at last night’s American Music Awards with a double win. Not only did they give a pretty brill performance of Night Changes, they also won three whole awards – for Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock band and Favorite Pop/Rock Album. Their appearance in full force and good health served to quash some rumours from earlier in the week, when Zayn Malik reportedly went down with a stomach flu.

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1D at the AMA. Ok, but what is Liam's shirt even?

The rumours of course, were that his illness was less flu-like and more... substance related. Basically, people were saying that 21-year-old Malik was on drugs. All those rumours (or most of them anyway) were quashed last night. Not only did he appear to be in good health, if a little on the quiet side during interviews, Malik also performed two solos on Night Changes. And yes, his voice sounded just fine throughout.

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What Do Your Favourite Bands, Actors And Celebrities Say About You (According To YouGov)?


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If you need something to help waste away a few hours today, then look no further than YouGov’s new profiler app, which gives you an in-depth look at exactly what your particular tastes say about you. 

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All you have to do is type in the name of a celebrity, band, politician, tv series or even vegetable and you’ll get a tell all profile of their typical fan, which lets you in on everything from where these people are most likely live to what make of car they might drive.

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Zayn Malik Reacts To Substance Abuse Rumours Following Absence From One Directions' 'Today' Show Appearance


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Zayn Malik was nowhere to be seen when One Direction kicked off their promotional tour for their newest album 'Four,' released today, with an appearance on the 'Today' show in Orlando this morning (Nov 17th), but this does not mean he has a drug problem!

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Zayn [second from the left] missed One Direction's 'Today' show performance this morning

Prior to their performance, the 'Today' show host Matt Lauer quizzed the rest of the band about Zayn's whereabouts, and implied the 21 year-old singer was absent due to struggling with substance abuse issues.

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Zayn Malik Absent For One Directions' Today' Show Appearance, Rumours Of Substance Abuse Surface


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One Direction kicked off their promotional tour for their newest album 'Four,' released today, by appearing on the 'Today' show in Orlando this morning (Nov 17th), but the 15,000 strong crowd gathered to see the band's performance noticed that they were one man short.

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Zayn [second from the left] missed One Direction's 'Today' show performance this morning

Zayn Malik was nowhere to be seen during the band's morning show appearance, and since this isn't the first time he has been a no show, rumours quickly began circling that the 21-year-old singer is struggling with substance abuse issues.

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Good Way To Go - Pink Floyd's "Endless River" Tops UK Chart


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And they’re back! By them, I obviously mean Pink Floyd and by back, I mean their new album , The Endless River, has topped the UK chart, making this the first Pink Floyd album in ten years to reach the milestone.

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They did indeed beat One Direction!

They did give one hell of a teaser though, announcing that The Endless River would be their last ever album. How could fans resist buying it, after that kind of threat? On its release, The Endless River became the third fastest-selling by a single group or artist this year after shifting more than 139,000 copies during the last week.

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Adele Allegedly "Ignored" Bob Geldof's Band Aid 30 Call But Makes Charitable Donation Instead


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Adele allegedly "ignored" Bob Geldof's calls about taking part in the Band Aid 30 charity single.

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Adele is not taking part in Band Aid 30.

Read More: One Direction, Bono, Ed Sheeran: See Stars Arrive For Band Aid 30 Recording [Pictures].

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One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Bono: See The Stars Arrive For Band Aid 30 Recording [Pictures]


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The Band Aid 30 recording of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ took place in London today, with stars such as One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Bono, Adele and Chris Martin all lining up to take the mic for a new version of the charity Christmas classic. The single will be available for download from Monday, with proceeds going to help fight Ebola in West Africa.

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Fans waited outside the recording studio in Notting Hill all morning to catch a glimpse of their favourite artists, with One Direction’s Harry Styles among the first to arrive.

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Harry Styles Admits Feeling "Lucky" That Ex Taylor Swift Writes Songs About Him


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As well as being one of the music industry's most successful young stars, Taylor Swift is also known as a serial dater after having brief romances with several high-profile stars, but her 2012 relationship with Harry Styles seems to always be on the 24 year-old singer's mind.

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Styles says he is "lucky" to be the subject of Swift's songs

Swift's lyrics often depict one of her failed relationships, and it is rumoured that the songs 'Out of The Woods' and 'Style' off her latest album are about the One Direction band member, but he takes this as a compliment.

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Harry Styles Says Being Female Is "Not That Important" A Trait In Potential Partners: The Internet Goes Crazy


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Step away from those computers One Direction fans! Harry Styles has managed to cause online hysteria once again, and it’s all thanks to one little comment he made during a recent interview.

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Along with bandmate Liam Payne, Harry was being interviewed by On Demand Entertainment, for a segment suggestively named FourPlay.

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Hollywood Set To Adapt Harry Styles Softcore Erotica Books


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Hollywood studio Paramount is set to adapt a fan-fiction erotica tale about One Direction singer Harry Styles. The books frame the British pop star as an irresistibly cruel lover. 

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Written by 25-year-old Anna Todd - who began exploring the world of fan-fiction after her husband was deployed to Iraq - the tales were initially released chapter by chapter via the online Wattpad community. The e-book features a version of Harry Styles known as "Hardin Scott", who is a student -not a singer.

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Sumo Wrestlers, Chimpanzees, Danny DeVito! Watch One Direction’s New Video For ‘Steal My Girl’


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After keeping us waiting for weeks, One Direction have finally unveiled the video for new single ‘Steal My Girl’ and yes, it was definitely worth the wait.

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Featuring Danny DeVito as an eccentric apple eating director, the video sees the boys transported to the desert where Harry braves the heat in an eye catching leopard print coat.

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One Direction Announce U.S. Stadium Tour


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Get ready America – One Direction have unveiled their schedule for U.S. leg of their world tour next year. The teen pop behemoths have announced a total of seventeen dates at stadiums all over the country.

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1D will tour the US next summer in support of their new album

Their 'On The Road Again' tour, in support of their upcoming album Four next month, will kick off in San Diego on 9th July at the Qualcomm Stadium. The group will warm up with six European dates before they commence their assault on America over the subsequent two months. The tour will end at Boston's Gillette Stadium on 12th September 2015.

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One Direction And Danny DeVito Monkey Around On 'Steal My Girl' Set [Pictures]


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We never thought we'd be going 'Awwwwww!' while looking at pictures of One Direction, but the hairy co-star of their forthcoming new music video 'Steal My Girl' is killing us with unwavering cuteness. Those easily overwhelmed, look away now.

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Louis Tomlinson [L], Danny Devito [R] and a cuddly chimpanzee block out the rays

It was surprising, not to mention mildly amusing, when it was announced that Danny DeVito would be making an appearance in the video - it made us, admittedly, a little bit curious. But now that we've seen the other special guest on the set, a sunglasses-wearing chimpanzee, we're eager to see him in action.

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There's Hope For Us Yet! Pink Floyd Likely To Beat One Direction


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It's frustrating for any musical connoisseur that carefully manipulated pop reigns highest on most music charts, but it looks like psychedelic legends Pink Floyd could beat One Direction on Amazon's most pre-ordered albums list with their final release 'The Endless River'.

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Pink Floyd could beat One Direction with their final release

The band, whose last album ten years ago entitled 'The Division Bell' became a worldwide number one, managed to easily overtake Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' as most pre-ordered album of 2014 and now their new record may be held up as the most pre-ordered of all time - a title currently held by One Direction's 'Midnight Memories'.

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One Direction's New Film Sets Global Box Office Record


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The One Direction cultural juggernaut rampages onwards, mercilessly laying waste to every record and sales landmark in its path. The band’s second movie One Direction: Where We Are – The Concert Film has smashed global box office records during its one weekend only run in cinemas worldwide.

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Last weekend saw One Direction unleash their new film worldwide on a limited run, which has set box office records

An unprecedented 3,400 screens in 78 countries screened the new movie, which was filmed at the San Siro stadium in Milan during the Italian section of their world tour in June this year. Arts Alliance worked alongside 1D’s record company Syco and the production partners Fulwell to put together the movie event, which has united the biggest band in the world with the biggest ever audience across one weekend.

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One Direction Enlist Danny DeVito For ‘Steal My Girl’ Video


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It may sound like an unlikely pairing, but One Direction and Danny Devito will soon be sharing the screen together, as the actor and director has filmed a cameo for the band’s next music video. In 'Steal My Girl’ which was shot in Los Angeles last Friday (October 10th), DeVito stars opposite Harry and the gang as the music video's director.

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News of the cameo was announced by the boys and DeVito on their twitter accounts, with the band telling their 20.9million followers, “Dunno about you but we're still reeling from the news that @DannyDeVito is in the #StealMyGirlVideo.”

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How ‘Fancy’! Iggy Azalea Leads AMA Nominations With Six Nods


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Iggy Azalea is leading the pack at this year’s American Music Awards, amassing six nominations including one for ‘artist of the year’. The Australian rapper has had quite the 2014, hitting the Billboard number one spot for the first time earlier this year with ‘Fancy’ and releasing her debut album, The New Classic.

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The 24 year old is nominated for artist of the year, new artist of the year, favourite female pop/rock artist, favourite rap/hip hop artist, favourite rap/hip hop album (for The New Classic) and single of the year for ‘Fancy’.

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So Have You Spotted All The Stars In The BBC’s ‘God Only Knows’ Video?


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Last night, (October 7th) the BBC gave us a special treat, premiering the video for ‘God Only Knows’, their star studded cover of the Beach Boys’ timeless classic. Featuring over 30 stars from music and the BBC, the video has been causing us to pause and rewind all day as we clock another famous face. So who all did we catch in the 'God Only Knows’ video?

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First a little background, the cover was put together to promote the launch of BBC Music, described by the corporation as “an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives that amount to the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years.”

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One Direction Announces New Single Entitled 'Steal My Girl'


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One Direction have announced their new single, 'Steal My Girl', ahead of the release of their new album, 'Four'. The single is due to be released on the radio for the first time on the 29th September, 2014, and it is currently available for pre-order in the UK and Ireland. It will receive a full release on Sunday 12th October, 2014. 

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One Direction are set to release 'Four' in November, 2014

The single has been written by Louis and Liam, two of the band's member, along with outside help from Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector and frequent collaborators, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan. This is the same writing team behind last year's 'Best Song Ever' - an insanely popular track that gained favourable reviews for the band. It has also been produced by produced by Bunetta, Ryan and Paro Westerlund.

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One Direction Announce New Album - All You Need To Know About 'Four'


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It's officially One Direction season! The UK superstars have a thing for a releasing an album every year around November, and they're keeping up the tradition in 2014. One Direction's fourth album, Four, will be out November 17 2014.

1D PromoOne Direction are releasing their fourth album on November 17

Taking some notes from Maroon 5 (who titled their recently released record, V) 1D decided to go ahead and just call their record by its number in their discography. However, for some reason they opted against the way cooler looking IV and settled for the ugly Four … but then again, they’re One Direction. They can basically do whatever they want. The guys teased the album announcement early Monday morning and followed it up with a video update spilling the news, but they also gave something a little extra, too. In an effort to apparently break the entire Internet, One Direction also decided to debut Four’s lead single, ‘Fireproof’ - and give it away completely for free, too.

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One Direction Confirm New Album 'FOUR', Plus New Track 'Fireproof'


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One Direction have confirmed details of their new album FOUR, which will be released on November 17. Fans can pre-order the new record from today and all those that do will be able to download new track 'Fireproof' for free.

One DirectionOne Direction have announced their new album FOUR, set for release in November

A statement on One Direction's website reads: "We're so excited to announce our fourth album, FOUR! We've worked incredibly hard writing and recording it whilst we've been on the road and we couldn't have done it without your support.

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Miley, Metallica, 1D And Eminem Added To Guinness Book Of World Records


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What do Metallica, One Direction, Miley Cyrus and Eminem all have in common? Erm, not much, but they're all set to be immortalised in the new edition of The Guinness Book of World Records which comes out next week.

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One Direction: Big in America

As reported by Billboard, the long-standing almanac of impressive achievements is adding the musicians for various reasons, Metallica's being they are the first band to play a gig on all seven continents. They completed this feat this year in fact, when they treated some unusual guests to a show in Antarcita. James Hetfield spoke about the gig in a statement: "Seven continents in one year with Antarctica being the gig of a lifetime, yes, 120 scientists and competition winners. Not to mention the 300 very curious penguins!"

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Harry Styles Declined Movie Role - But Which One?


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One Direction frontman Harry Styles turned down the offer of a role in a movie.Director Harvey Weinstein revealed that he offered the heartthrob singer a role in his new movie Tulip Fever, but that Styles turned it down because of touring commitments.

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Harry Styles turned down the offer of a role in Harvey Weinstein's 2015 film Tulip Fever

Weinstein revealed to the MailOnline that the role was then offered and accepted by ‘Glee’ star Matthew Morrison, and that the first scene he shot was of that character kissing Cara Delevingne, who just happens to be Styles’ ex-girlfriend.

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5 Seconds Of Summer Are A Boy Band, But It's Not Because Of Their Music


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Auto-tuned vocals, dashing good looks, and a bunch of outside writers and producers making the songs. Those are probably the most common qualities that you'll find in your standard boy band. But what about the so-called boy bands that transcend these stereotypes - the "boy bands" that are far from what's considered manufactured? Will they ever stand a chance, or is it too easy to give in to the mainstream pressure?

5SOS Promo5 Seconds of Summer have been living up to their ‘Next Big Thing’ title

In general, there's the automatic assumption that a boy band equals bad music, but what exactly equals a boy band? You could say that pop music is the instant boy band qualifier, and the poppier the music is, the more it'll be discredited. But when you look at a band like Fall Out Boy - one of the poppiest and biggest pop rock bands in the world - why are they considered a "real band" when they aren't all that different from an act like 5 Seconds of Summer? Obviously, there's a ton of differences between the two groups, but the point is that they both started out as just some guys looking to play music together. The type of music isn't what makes a band a boy band, but rather, it's the marketing behind them.

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One Direction Named Britain’s Best Selling Musical Export For 2013


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It looks as if One Direction are now officially Britain’s biggest pop act, after the boy band were named 2013’s best selling artist. The band’s success was topped off in November when their third album, Midnight Memories, became the year’s biggest selling album worldwide.

One Direction at the Brit AwardsBest band ever? One Direction top global album chart

Despite only being released in November, Midnight Memories managed to shift a massive four million copies in only six weeks. The album’s success pushed Eminem’s comeback album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 into second place, while Justin Timberlake had to be content with coming in third.

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One Direction Spearhead A Great 2013 For British Music Sales


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Pop sensations One Direction were the highest selling British act globally in 2013. The band’s phenomenal sales were the foundations for a healthy year for the British music industry, with their third album Midnight Memories becoming the biggest seller around the world, shifting four million copies in only six weeks.

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One Direction had the biggest selling album around the world in 2013

New research from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) showed that British acts accounted for 13% of global sales – just a shade over one in every eight sales. 1D’s success means that a British act has now had the biggest selling album around the world for six out of the last seven years, putting US rapper Eminem’s comeback album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 into second place.

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Zayn Malik Told To Kill Himself After Controversial Tweet


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One Direction’s Zayn Malik has attracted enormous criticism on Twitter after simply writing ‘#FreePalestine’ on his page.

The tweet has received well over 150,000 retweets and favourites since he wrote it, but he has received a great deal of abuse from fans in Israel and from those sympathising with Israelis. Many fans even urged Zayn to “kill yourself” in response.

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Zayn Malik causes Twitter controversy by commenting on Israel-Palestine conflict

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Why Going Solo Is The Best Thing For One Direction’s Harry Styles


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All good things must come to an end someday, which means that One Direction is eventually breaking up. Sorry, I know, it’s a sore subject for me, too. They’ve consistently put out great pop albums year after year, so it’s not like they should break up, but being in a boy band with a bunch of other guys sharing your spotlight puts a damper on your own personal success, too. Why stick around and split the profits when you can be a bigger star all on your own?! For some pop acts like Emblem3, it doesn’t make a difference who leaves, because nobody is really going to care about whatever solo thing they do. But groups like The Wanted? Nathan Sykes is bound to get big with anything he does now that The Wanted is done.

Harry Styles Esprit ArenaHarry Styles is bound to be One Direction's biggest success

With One Direction, all five of those guys are going to do big things too, but nobody will reach a star status as big as Harry Styles will, because let’s face it: Harry Styles is the lead of One Direction. Every pop group has one, whether people want to believe it or not. Nathan was the lead of The Wanted, James Bourne was the lead of Busted, and Normani Hamilton is totally the lead of Fifth Harmony. It’s not insulting the other members, but the leads just have something that their bandmates don’t. For Styles, he’s clearly the most popular, and arguably even has the best pipes.

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Niall Horan Pleads With Rowdy 1D Fans After Getting Injured In Concert


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One Direction’s Niall Horan reached out to fans on Twitter yesterday with a very important plea – stop throwing things onstage. The concept, which may be obvious to some, was clearly unfamiliar to attendees at 1D’s gig in Amsterdam on June 25, during which the 1D guys got pelted with a number of objects thrown by fans. Niall, who went through unspecified “major knee surgery” back in January, is still recovering.

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Love hurts sometimes, especially if you're an international pop star.

He made sure to keep his tone as pleasant as a boy band singer has to be, but still told off the rowdy fans – in his own way.

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Setting Scotland Alight! One Direction Break Records With Edinburgh Show


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On Tuesday night (3 June 2014) One Direction took to the stage at Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium for thousands of Scottish 1D fans, as their 'Where We Are Stadium Tour 2014' arrived in the country's capital.

Despite a lot of fans claiming to have abandoned the band after a video of members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking marijuana in Peru was uploaded, it seems the British boyband still have fans aplenty, as they broke the record for the biggest single show in Scottish history with 64,000+ fans almost filling the 67,800 capacity venue.  

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One Direction thrilled fans in Edinburgh with sell-out show

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One Direction's Drug Scandal: Is Smoking Marijuana Considered Shocking Anymore?


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Being caught with a joint is really nothing new in the world of pop, especially amongst those aggressively seeking a change of image that will subsequently add a semblance of ‘edge’ to their persona. For child stars especially, in attempts to free themselves from their enforced clean-cut youth and iconic childhood roles, to indulge in the smoking of marijuana is the go-to method of both distancing oneself from the past and declaring oneself as a fully independent adult.

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The group have come under fire from the tabloids for Zayn and Louis' actions.

The celebrity world abounds with examples of such exploits. Remember the media storm over Justin Bieber’s incident with a “suspicious cigarette” or Miley Cyrus’ bong exploits, which have now evolved into her free and consistent utilization of marijuana symbolism? The celebrity media loves a scandal more than a Republican loves his right to bear firearms, but whilst the current One Direction drug ‘scandal’ has rather predictably been plastered all over the tabloid’s front pages, the majority of the public greets it with a collective shrug of the shoulders. They are, after all, adolescents- the prime age for indulging in experimentation with illicit substances and activities. Most adults will have indulged in similar instances of experimentation with an array substances at a similar age to these patchy-bearded pop stars. In terms of the pop world, this particular act has been seen many times before; so many times, in fact, that the whole ‘rebellion’ phase is part and parcel of the child actor discourse. Some take it just a little too far, and the ensuing descent into drugs has unfortunately claimed the lives of many of Hollywood’s exploited youngsters.

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A Week In News: Weed, Boobs, Ghosts, Guns...And A Wedding


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The Wedding: Kim and Kanye got married last weekend. Kthxbai. It has been pretty hard to avoid but if you want to know more about their wedding, click here, get the goss on their weirdly un-Kardashian honeymoon, head here, or find out why Kim's brother Rob decided to skip the wedding here.

The Outrage: Seth Rogen has been forced to abandon his goofy bear act this week to stand up against Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday, who wrote a controversial column implying that the "frat-boy" style movies comedians Rogen and Judd Apatow produce could have fuelled Elliot Rodger's horrific mass shooting last week. Rogen and Apatow let Hornaday have it...and it wasn't even slightly funny. Read more.

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First Weed, Now Racial Slurs: Louis Tomlinson In Hot Water Over N-Word Use


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Louis Tomlinson of One Direction has come under fire for not only sharing a marijuana joint with fellow band member Zayn Malik but also using a shortened version of the N-word in the same leaked video. The new clip has sent shockwaves through One Direction's young fanbase as it presents a very different image to that of the usually squeaky clean singers.

Filmed in the car on the way to a recent concert in Peru, the clip shows Zayn and Louis joking around with members of their crew and passing around a joint which is referred to as "Mary Jane," a euphemism for weed. Feathers have also been ruffled by Louis' flippant attitude towards police that they pass and is heard referring to the law enforcers as the "po po."

Tomlinson is heard seeming to say "It's green only, n**" and blowing spoke whilst sharing the joint with the other passengers. A motorcycle police officer drives past and Louis says: "He's having a look. He's thinking 'I'm sure I can smell an illegal substance in there'. And he's hit the nail on the head."

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One Direction "You & I" Music Video Released


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"You & I", One Direction's new music video, has finally been released. The video sees the five boy band members walking individually along the picturesque Clevendon Pier in Somerset. Each wearing a grey fisherman jumper, the boy’s faces are interchangeable throughout the video.  As each boy finishes singing, his face changes into another's.  At the end of the video all five appear on screen together.

One Direction You & I The boys were snapped filming their latest music video on Clevendon Pier in Somerset

The video wasn’t the only exciting premiere for fans of One Direction. Liam Payne debuted a rugged new beard, while Harry Styles looked increasingly Jagger-esque with his long curly hair.

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How Charitable Is Kim Kardashian Compared To These Philanthropic Celebrities?


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It must seem to poor Kim Kardashian like she can’t get anything right! Kardashian has come under fire for donating only 10% of the profits which she rakes in from clothing auctions on auction website eBay to charity. RadarOnline have managed to get their hands on the tax documents from Kim’s November auction, for which she raised money for Life Change Community Church in California. The documents state that Kim donated $19,975 to charity, a pretty meagre sum in the grand scheme of things, considering the mum of one is worth an estimated $40 million.

kim kardashian charity Kim Kardashian has fired back at those who criticize her charitable giving

Kim has hit back at her critics, claiming, ‘I don’t publicize everything I do to help charities and people all over the world...So for people to attack me for giving 10% of my eBay auction sales to the people of the Philippines, that hurts. I do eBay auctions monthly and change the charity or church from time to time. I give 10% of all my earnings to charities, not just these eBay auctions.’

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Everyone Was A Winner At The Kids' Choice Awards (Except The Stars, Who Got Slimes)


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Surprise, surprise, Jennifer Lawrence was among the winners at last night’s Kids Choice Awards. Lawrence won for Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Female Buttkicker, which might just be the best award title ever invented. In more news you probably saw coming, everyone’s favorite band of perfectly coiffed British dudes, One Direction, won Favorite Music Group and Favorite Song with Story of Us.

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More importantly, the award show continued the beloved tradition of surprise slimings. For those not in the know, that’s the show’s way of combining humor with mild public humiliation, by pouring buckets of green goop on several unsuspecting presenters. One of the most hotly anticipated parts of the award show is finding out which celebrities needed an extra thorough shower at the end of the night. This year there were only three victims – Pharell Williams, sporting  bright yellow SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas, took a shot of the show's trademark green goo, but he took it like a champ. Check out the full list of winners below, via Billboard.

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One Direction & Jennifer Lawrence Receive Top Awards At Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards


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Pharrell and Kaley Cuoco did not manage to avoid the slime at this year's Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. The awards, hosted by Mark Wahlberg, were held yesterday night (29th March) at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles.

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One Direction won the awards for Favourite Music Group and Favourite Song.

Music wise, One Direction did incredibly well gaining the awards for Favourite Song with 'Story of My Life' and Favourite Music Group. Whilst, in the solo category, Justin Timberlake received took home the award for Favourite Male Singer and Selena Gomez for Favourite Female Singer. Gomez was seemingly delighted with the award and tweeted thanking her fans for voting for her, adding a picture of her after the awards grinning broadly.

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Watch Out 1D! Are '5 Seconds Of Summer' The New One Direction?


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Boy band fans, brace yourselves! Australian pop rockers 5 Seconds of Summer may be about to overtake One Direction in the battle of the cute boy bands. The four cheeky chappies first teamed up in 2011 when the school friends formed a band and began recording cover songs which they then posted on YouTube.

5sos 1d The four piece Australian band look set to become as popular at One Direction

Made up of Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Good and Ashton Irwin 5 Seconds of Summer, affectionately nicknamed 5SOS by their enthusiastic fans, have gathered nearly 2 and a half million Twitter followers, still falling shy of One Direction’s 18 million fans, but certainly showing potential. The boys quickly became an internet sensation, cemented when they supported 1D on tour around the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand in 2013. They have since been signed to Capitol Records and are currently hard at work on their debut album.

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Will Harry Styles Soon Be Going In His Own Direction?


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Harry Styles is everywhere as of late but usually it's without his One Direction bandmates. Solo Styles has been stepping out without the other boys so much lately it's leading some people to wonder if the boy band member is about to go on his own 'direction' (we had to). As much as any break up talk may pain the group's many, many loyal fans, it has become rather apparent that Harry’s fame is somewhat eclipsing the  other band members.

One Direction's Harry StylesIf you can only name one member of One Direction, it's probably Harry Styles

You really can’t escape Harry Styles as of late, his love life has made him a tabloid fixture (Kendall Jenner, Alison Mosshart, anyone?), he’s being FROW-ing at London Fashion Week and he’s even been writing some songs with Irish band Kodaline. Actually, it seems the only people who have managed to escape Harry are, well his One Direction bandmates. Despite the boys appearing together at last month’s Brit Awards, the group really haven't been showing much unity as of late, instead everything seems to have become the Harry Styles' show. Even at the Brits ceremony he took the spotlight by having to dash on to the stage late when the band collected their global success award.

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So, Are One Direction Splitting Up?


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One Direction may have walked away with their fourth BRIT award on Wednesday (this time the award acknowledged their Global Success) but that hasn’t stopped talk of One Direction splitting up. 1D was formed in 2010 after they finished third in the seventh series of The X Factor and have since gone on to achieve worldwide fame, as well as accumulating an extremely spirited and vocal bunch of fans along the way. Their three albums have broken all sorts of records and have topped global charts so the last thing that anybody expected was the shocking revelation that they may have come to the end of the line (note educated reference to ultimate 1990’s boy band lyric).

one direction split Last week 1D bagged the BRIT for Global Success

The rumours that One Direction are splitting up began when member Liam Payne revealed that the award ceremony last Wednesday marked the first time that band members had seen in each other for three months. Fans flew into a panic that their favourite bunch of cheeky chaps are apparently not in as close contact as they would like the believe, fueling rumours that if the boys haven’t been in touch perhaps they are on rocky ground.

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The Brits' Split Personality: Bowie, Arctic Monkeys And 1D Rule The Show


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David Bowie still knows how to steal the show. He proved as much during Wednesday’s Brits, without even attending the ceremony. Bowie won best British Male during the 2014 ceremony, making something of a comeback after his last win in 1984. His latest album, The Next Day, represents an musical achievement, unrivaled in the past two decades at least. Without once appearing onstage, Bowie stage-managed his first album in a decade, and managed to top the UK Album Chart and go to Number 2 on the Billboard Chart. In short, congrats to David Bowie, who, at 67, continues to win everything.

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David Bowie. That is all.

In other Brit news, the winners this year were quite a diverse bunch, from Bowie to the Arctic Monkeys to One Direction. Indie quartet the Arctic Monkeys, who achieved new heights and international recognition with their 2013 album AM, unsurprisingly picked up the Brit for Best Album too. This prompted frontman Alex Turner to launch into an ever-so-slightly smug victory speech. “That rock-and-roll it just won’t go away. That rock-and-roll, it seems like it’s fading away sometimes, but it will never die,” Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner said as he received the band’s second gong of the night for the Mastercard British album of the year. The Arctic Monkeys also picked up Best Group, to which Turner reacted with “There’s that fifteen quid we put on One Direction to win down the drain.” Solid burn.

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BRIT Awards: One Direction And Arctic Monkeys Are Big Winners At UK's Premier Music Awards


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The annual Brit Awards took place on Wednesday night (Feb 19th) at the grand venue of London's O2 arena, and with a line-up that included performances by Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Bastille, Lorde and Katy Perry, the ceremony has to be one of the best to date.

So who did manage to pick up a 2014 BRIT Award?

Indie rockers Arctic Monkeys, who reside from Sheffield, Yorkshire, were once again victorious at their nation's premiere music event.

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Niall Horan Requests Privacy Following Successful Major Knee Surgery


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Niall Horan has asked for privacy after undergoing knee surgery that he claims was "much larger than anticipated." The One Direction singer was pictured last week walking on crutches with a large cast on his knee after arriving at Heathrow airport. Naturally, at the sight of the surprising new snaps, Horan's avid fans took to Twitter to demand to know what was what going on.

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Niall Horan Has Asked For Privacy After Undergoing Knee Surgery.

The 20 year-old reassured his fans and let them in on what was going on: "Hey guys I know most of you have seen those pics today! Yes I've had major knee surgery , a much larger surgery than first anticipated , But i would like to tell u , it was a complete success ! Considering the scale of it!" he tweeted. "So all I ask of you guys is that you would respect my Privacy as I try to recover and get for the where we are tour!" Niall wrote, prompting a stream of support from his followers.

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Liam Payne's Stunt Gives Away London Address, Fans Duly Turn Up.


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One Direction star Liam Payne's stunt sort of backfired on him this week. What was probably intended as a boastful Tweet during an evening out with friends turned into something rather more serious.

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In case you're unaware of the story: Payne posted a picture of himself dangerously balanced on the roof of a 34-floor building. The image was backlit by the lights of London, where the singer was apparently partying with friends from Wolverhampton.

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1D's Liam Payne Apologises To Fans Over "Stupid And Irresponsible" Photo Shoot


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One Direction star Liam Payne has said that he is sorry for his "extremely dangerous" photo stunt, in which the boyband singer stood 34 floors above the ground on the edge of a skyscraper. He described the stunt as "stupid" and "irresponsible" and apologised to any fans who were distressed by the picture.

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Liam apologise profusely for trying to have a laugh with friends

The teen idol took to Twitter to apologise for the photo opportunity, which inexplicably made its way on to the front page of some UK tabloids on what wasn't exactly a slow news day, tweeting, "You may have seen a photo of me today taken on top of a building. I regret being there and having a photo taken."

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Mark Wahlberg: "I'm Gonna Punch Harry Styles When I See Him"


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Michael Wahlberg appeared on Conan on Thursday night (9th January) and discussed his secret hated of One Direction! The 42-year-old actor told host Conan O'Brien how he wanted to punch Harry Styles as his young children were obsessed with him. 

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Mark Wahlberg wants to punch Harry Styles.

He explained how his two daughters, Ella (aged 10) and Grace (aged 4), absolutely adore the lead singer of the British pop group. The Ted actor imitated his daughter, saying "My 4-year-old's going 'Daddy, I like Harry.' And I'm like, 'Well I'm gonna punch Harry in the nose when I see him.'" 

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One Direction, Justin Timberlake Rack Up Brit Awards Nominations


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We are again right in the middle of awards season, and that doesn't just mean the Oscars. The Brit Awards have announced their 2014 nominations, and there aren't many surprises.

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The two leading artists are, as they should be, British acts. According to MTV, Disclosure and Bastille were each nominated for four awards, but the rest of the nominations were for artists all over the world.

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The Year's Favourites Are Chosen At The 2014 People's Choice Awards: Full List Of Winners [Photos]


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The People's Choice Awards kicks started awards season and the celebrities didn't let down as they came out in force and with style in Los Angeles for the fan-favourites awards show on Wednesday, 8 January. The 40th incarnation of the awards show, there was no shortage of class and glamour as the people's favourite movies, TV shows, actors and actresses were singled out over the course of the night.

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With a total of four wins, Sandra Bullock was the night's big winner

Hosted by 2 Broke Girls stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, the awards show held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles gave out almost 60 awards in total, and with four wins in all it was Sandra Bullock who ended the night with the most wins of all. Bullock's wins included Favorite Movie Actress, Comedic Actress, Dramatic Actress and she shared the Favorite Movie Duo award with her Gravity co-star George Clooney. The buddy cop comedy The Heat that she starred in with Melissa McCarthy won the Favourite Comedic Movie award.

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Have 1D Replaced Justin Bieber As The Teen Pop Sensation Du Jour?


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It looks like the blogosphere’s predictions are coming true and we are finally witnessing the sunset of Justin Bieber’s career. Given his antics in 2013, it won’t be a graceful one either. Both the teenybopper’s documentary and his new album are flopping in the UK. If you haven’t heard about Journals, aka Justin’s new album, you would be forgiven, since it came in 46th in the Christmas charts – the lowest debut of Bieber’s career. Even ten weeks of Music Mondays, during which Bieber released one new song to fans each week, couldn’t save the record from tanking.

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Does this mean Bieber fever can be left in 2013?

But at least he still has that hit documentary and teenage girls will no doubt flock to see it en masse, right? Not quite. The Believe movie is suffering a similar fate, despite heavy promotion. According to the Mirror, Believe earned only $3.1 million (£1.88 million) in its first three days in the US – a fraction of the debut takings of his first concert movie, Never Say Never, which grossed nearly ten times that and took $70 million in total. This might be because the film is the kind of self-celebratory fluff that only diehard fans would be attracted to – plenty of arena footage, spliced with some less-than-thrilling behind-the-scenes moments and of course, some interviews with the man himself.

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Robbie Williams Keeps Gary Barlow Off The Top Spot On UK Album Chart


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It was like 1997 all over again this weekend, as Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow battled it out for the Number One spot on the UK Album Chart. Much like the battles of the mid-to-late nineties, it was Robbie who came out on top again, making him the last artist to top the album chart in 2013.

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The Take That guys were fighting for the top spot yet again

Robbie's new big band album, Swing Both Ways, held on to the No. 1 spot for a second week, having emerged victorious from another closely fought contest from last week. It was One Direction who Robbie managed to beat to the No. 1 spot last week, with his latest album beating Midnight Memories to the top spot by just 200 copies. This time around it was a relatively more clear contest, with Swing Both Ways outselling Gary Barlow’s latest solo effort, Since I Saw You Last, by approximately 12,000 copies.

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Taylor Swift Leads The Way In The List Of Charitable Stars


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On the back of arguably her most successful year as a recording artist, 2013 has also seen Taylor Swift give, give and give as she was crowned the most charitable star of 2013. In the 'Top 20 Celebs Gone Good' list compiled by DoSomething.org, Swift was crowned the most giving celebrity of the year by the non-profit charity group following a year of helping the under-privileged.

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Swift helped raise cash with Bon Jovi and Prince William with their rendition of 'Livin' on a Prayer'

In the past twelve months, Swift has donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony and raised money for the homeless in London with Bon Jovi and Prince William, but other than just giving away her money, Taylor has also given away plenty of her valuable time for charitable causes too. In addition to fronting group therapy sessions for her bullied fans, Swift has also pledged her time to a number of younger fans facing serious troubles. Among them, Taylor met with a 7-year-old fan named Grace Markel, who was struck down by a car on the way to a previous performance by Swift, before a show in September. She also spent some of her Christmas Day on the phone to a cancer-stricken fan who was spending the holidays in hospital.

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A Video Shoot, A Birthday And A Sold Out Tour - One Direction Stay Busy Over The Holidays


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One Direction will have some exciting news for fans with their video for Midnight Memories to be released sometime in the new year. The 1D guys were spotted just before Christmas Eve filming on Tower Bridge, with an agent for the musical fivesome later confirming for MTV News that the shoot was for the title track off their latest album.

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The 1D guys delayed their holiday break to film the video for Midnight Memories.

A release date for the video has not been announced yet. Midnight Memories is the third single off the band’s third studio album (hopefully 3 is their lucky number) and follows similarly the similarly upbeat Best Song Ever and the ballad Story of My Life. Last week, viewers of the X Factor finale were treated to a live performance of the track, when the 1D guys appeared on the show.

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Are Def Leppard Pursuing Legal Action Over One Direction Song?


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One Direction is back on the Billboard music charts (as they seem to be at any given time), but this time it may not be for their own music. Their song 'Midnight Madness' apparently is a little too close to a classic rock song, and that band may be thinking about suing.

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'Midnight Madness' is currently No. 12 on the Billboard chart, but it seems to bear a striking resemblance to Def Leppard's song "Pour Some Sugar On Me," according to Time magazine. The Mirror UK is reporting the band is thinking of suing, but since they are a tabloid, it's very possible nothing will come from it.

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One Direction Booed At French Music Awards


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One Direction were booed as they took to the stage at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France, last week (14 Dec.). The British boy band were met with jeers when they took to the stage to collect their two awards, being met with boos from the audience both of the times they went up to the stage to collect their trophies.

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The boys lined up and looking dapper for the NRJ's

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Garth Brooks' Box Set Debuts At No. 1 As Britney Spears Struggles To Make An Impact On Billboard 200


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Garth Brooks released his new box set, Blame It All on My Roots, to an eager fan-base last week, who have managed to see it rise from No. 3 in the Billboard 200 to the No. 1 spot this week. Britney Spears saw her new album debut to a rather lacklustre start on the other hand, as it only just managed to crack the top five, debuting at No. 4.

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Brooks is back on top with his latest compilation

Brooks' second box set to reach the top of the charts - his first being 1998's The Limited Series - will have undoubtedly been helped by value Walmart were offering the six disc collection for. Initially being sold for $29.98 before a sale price of $24.96 was introduced this week, Blame It All on My Roots will likely be lining plenty of country fan's stockings come Christmas. The box set sold an additional 146,000 copies this week, enough to see it move two places to the top.

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One Direction - Midnight Memories Album Review


With three albums in two years, you can't fault the One Direction boys and the team working behind them for their productivity. That kind of efficiency is hardly seen in the music world today, what with touring taking up so much of an artist's time and marketing being relied on more than ever, and in these two short years the 1D boys and their legions of (mostly) young female fans have grown up somewhat. On 'Midnight Memories', Harry, Louis, Zayn, Niall and Liam try their best to show just how much they've grown up, incorporating more 'rockier' elements to their sound and even going acoustic and tender on a few others.

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They've been picking up influences from whatever has been hot in the past year or so, taking ideas from Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Ed Sheeran and so forth. On their ever-so-slightly rocky parts, the band seem to have been taking influences from the pop rock heyday of the '80s, with Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and all those other bands your dad embarrassingly still listens to. Should they ever try to emulate any half decent artists, then their output might improve somewhat, but instead it continues to circle the drain of abysmal trite we've been subjected to since 'Up All Night'. Regardless of any changes made to their sound, if you didn't like 1D before 'Midnight Memories' then you're not going to like them now either, but at least the boys are taking some chances, no matter how small. 

The album kicks off with 'Best Song Ever', which sticks to the power pop formula that lasted them so well over the course of 'Up All Night' and 'Take Me Home'. It's brash, cheesy and not nearly as good as 'That's What Makes You Beautiful' (admit it, it is a banger), but it also serves as a potential farewell to what has become their trademark sound. Everything gets a bit more Busted (or should that be McBusted now) from here on in, with a few asides for some more tender moments. The pace slows down dramatically for the ballad-y 'Story of My Life', with the boys each trying out their most contemplative personas for this number. 'You & I' is another quieted moment, one that doesn't even feature an anthemic chorus. It is here where the boys have actually made some steps away from their safe zone, even if it does contain a typically power pop chorus, in this pensive, acoustic number. Baby steps, but steps nonetheless.

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Paul Rudd Recruits One Direction For SNL 'Afternoon Delight' Rendition [Video]


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Paul Rudd kicked off his third go at hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live by ensuring that every 15 year-old pop music fangirl in the country was watching as he recited an opening monologue whilst being flanked by boyband One Direction. Rudd lamented that he had been overshadowed by previous musical guests Beyoncé and Paul McCartney only to be upstaged once again by the British fivesome.

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[L-R] Carell, Rudd, Koechner & Ferrell Brought The 'Anchorman' Machine To 'SNL.'

"Don't worry Paul, we're not here to outshine you," Harry Styles reassured him. "Yeah, you do the comedy stuff and we'll stand back and blow kisses," Niall Horan added as the rest of the band looked on, presumably fighting back laughter.

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One Direction Reach No.1 With UK's Fastest Selling Album Of 2013


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One Direction have stormed to the No.1 spot on the Official Album Charts this Sunday (Dec 1st).

Their third studio album 'Midnight Memories' debuts at the top spot as it earns the fastest set of 2013 in the UK.

It is also the former X-Factor contestant's fastest selling album ever.

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One Direction Songs: Which Is No.1 On The Top 20 Biggest Selling List?


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When you think of One Direction songs, which do you envisage being the band's biggest selling? Any idea? Well, One Direction fans, it's time to stop squabbling because we have the official list right here. We're not talking about One Direction's Best Song Ever, we're talking about the biggest selling.

Well, it's actually the Top 20 biggest selling songs on the Amazon UK MP3 Music Store but we'll be willing to stake a considerable amount that it echoes the elusive list of overall biggest selling One Direction songs. For the record, the good people at Amazon were the only people who would provide us with the figures. So well done them.

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Miley Cyrus Smoking On Stage Steals The MTV EMA Awards Spotlight


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Miley Cyrus was always going to star in the Monday morning gossip headlines when she was first announced as a performer at the 2013 MTV EMAs. The question was: what will she do? Besides 'twerking' with a dwarf during the award show's opening act - which included a rendition of her hit 'We Can't Stop' - there really wasn't that much to write home about regarding her performances. It was what she did to celebrate winning the Best Video award that won her the headlines.

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Each of Miley's outfits were as interesting as the one she showed up to the event in

Miley smokes up

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