Nial Horan was recently presented with a plaque by his Capitol Music Group team to commemorate 2.5m global track equivalent sales of his US Platinum single This Town.
Since being released in September last year, the song has clocked up more than 250m combined streams across all platforms.
On Spotify, it currently sits at just under 130m plays, while a ‘1 mic, 1 take’ version on YouTube/Vevo has registered over 31.5m.
The song was co-written by Horan with Jamie Scott, Mike Needle, Daniel Bryer, Aodhán Dorrian and produced by Greg Kurstin.
The former One Directioner is managed by Modest! Management.
Pictured L-R: Ashley Newton, President Capitol Music Group; Michelle Jubelirer, COO Capitol Music Group; Niall Horan; Richard Griffiths, Modest Management; Steve Barnett, Chairman CEO Capitol Music Group
“This Town” will become Niall Horan’s third Top 10 hot adult contemporary hit — and his first as a solo artist.
While Niall Horan’s “This Town” is falling at pop radio, it is still on the rise at hot adult contemporary. This week, it will move into the Top 10.
“This Town” received 2,158 spins during the first four days of the February 5-11 tracking period. Up 12.2% from the count at this point last week, the tally slots “This Town” at #9 on Mediabase’s building chart.
Facing no obvious threat from below, “This Town” should retain its Top 10 position through the close of tracking.
“This Town” is Horan’s first solo single. As part of One Direction, he reached Hot AC radio’s Top 10 with “Story Of My Life” and “What Makes You Beautiful.”
Ray and Jaime Winstone unite with One Direction’s Niall Horan to lead a host of A-list stars who have joined forces with Cancer Research UK ahead of this World Cancer Day.
Every Act Of Unity makes a difference in someone’s fight against cancer, which is why Cancer Research UK is asking everyone to unite in one incredible Act of Unity on 4 February, World Cancer Day. Together we can show our support, raising funds which will accelerate progress in the fight against cancer.
As a symbol of strength and unity, the charity is urging supporters to donate or wear a specially designed Unity Band during the two week campaign, launching 19 January, with all proceeds helping pioneer research into all 200 types of cancers, and fund over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses in the UK.
The unisex Unity Bands feature a classic reef knot design which symbolises the strength in the collective, a simple way to show your support in what will be a lifesaving Act Of Unity.
An Act of Unity is a gesture of support in the face of cancer. Whether it’s from a friend, family member or even a stranger. Anyone can play their part by wearing a Unity Band, making a donation, volunteering or fundraising for Cancer Research UK. Show your support, whether it’s to celebrate people who have overcome cancer, show solidarity with those going through treatment, remember loved ones or to simply to reduce the impact of cancer on future generations.
As well as the main unisex design, for the first time, Cancer Research UK has also created special Unity Bands for Kids & Teens, a men’s leather Unity Band and a limited edition ‘Collection’ made of copper plated in silver and rose gold as a lasting memory of support.
Thanks to research, cancer survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years. Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to use World Cancer Day to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people survive their cancer. With no government funding, the charity relies on every single donation and the united support of each person on 4 February to help make this goal a reality.
Unity Bands® are available from January 2017 in all Cancer Research UK stores, partner outlets and online – Join the #ActofUnity Right Now at cruk.org/worldcancerday for a suggested donation of £2. Funds raised will help to continue our lifesaving research.
The 25-year-old singer – who has 11-month-old son Freddie with his former partner Briana Jungwirth – doesn’t think having a child has influenced him but it has changed him as a person.
Speaking about his life now he is a parent, the One Direction band member said:
“I don’t think it’s changed my writing very much. Writing in particular, it’s not as if I’m writing songs about my son. I love him obviously. It’s affected how I am as a person, a little bit. I’d like to say it’s made me a bit more mature, I don’t know if that’s true.”
And the dark-haired hunk has admitted every moment he spends with his child is “precious” and totally absorbs him to the point he doesn’t want to do “anything other” than be by his side and out of view from prying eyes.
“With fans I’ll always be super polite. But my time with my son is precious. So I am kind of reluctant to do anything other than spend all of my time with my son when I’m with Freddie. So, that’s just the way it is. Sometimes it’s irritating with paparazzi, but that’s the job that I’m ion. Sometimes I’ll get a few stern words that you may hear on TMZ one day.”
Although Louis – who is in a relationship with Danielle Campbell – is besotted with Freddie he has admitted he “definitely” wants to expand his brood, although his career is currently his main focus.
Speaking on SiriusXM Hits 1 Radio about his future family plans, he said:
“Bloody hell. I’ve not thought about that. Definitely in the future, yeah. At the moment I’ve got Freddie and I’m trying to stay career driven.”
On paper Steve Aoki (the guy famous for throwing cake at fans) and Louis Tomlinson (the heartthrob from One Direction) seem worlds apart. But over summer the pair dropped an absolute banger together.
As soon as they released ‘Just Hold On’ much to the delight of Steve it screamed up the charts. Possibly due to the fact that a One Direction member played a part in it. When Smallzy caught up with Steve, he discussed the devotion of the 1D fans and how they contributed to the success of ‘Just Hold On’:
“I never knew how insane, how devoted, how committed. They are the definition of what fans should be. They’re the ones that made the song so, it was an organic thing first. It was the fans that channeled the energy to get it out there first. Being in the middle of the hurricane and watch these guys do their magic and get together and become an army… it’s an incredible thing to be a part of.”
But the question on everyone’s lips is how did this collab come about?
Steve told Smallzy that through a cancelled show and a few sneaky DM’s the song came to life.
“Well, I play in Vegas a lot and Louis went to a Calvin Harris show and that night he canceled. So I DJ’d Calvin’s night and Louis and his friends were there. They were blown away from the set and he followed me on Twitter. Never underestimate the old Twitter. Twitter still works. With Twitter, communication will just gradually happen, if there’s mutual respect there.”
Listen to the full interview here!
After a year on hiatus from One Direction, Niall Horan is ready for the solo spotlight. He signed with Capitol Records in September, released his first single, a tender ballad called “This Town” with Grammy-nominated producer Greg Kurstin, and is currently prepping his first collection to come out in Summer 2017.
Even though Horan spent five years in a beloved pop group, the 23-year-old Brit is leaning into his childhood inspirations — classic rock acts like Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and Crosby, Stills and Nash—for his solo album. “Whenever I would pick up a guitar, I would always naturally play chords like that, and finger pick a lot, and play that folky kind of style,” he says.
Horan began writing the material on piano and guitar this spring, and then worked with sessions musicians to realize his songs and insert funky percussion techniques. One drummer, Aaron Sterling, played around with pseudo-instruments like “a coffee jar full of beans” that can be heard shaking around and “pink twine that was attached to 12 empty cans of Perrier sparkling water.” Horan says, “He would just drop them on the floor next to the mic in time and it would make a crashing marching sound.”
While he says the album will have a “folk-with-pop feel to it,” there are plugged-in moments: “Some of the songs are heavier than others,” Horan says. “I play a bit of electric on some tracks and we obviously played around a lot with percussion stuff to build up the songs so there was a lot of things going on percussion wise.”
But when it comes to his vocals, Horan is excited to take on all those duties for the first time in his career. “The biggest challenge of making the album was making sure I could sing for that long,” he says. “I did write the songs in my key so I didn’t try to make it too difficult for myself.”
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One detail Horan has shared, though, is the producers he’s been working with. In a recent letter to his fans on Dec. 5, Horan shared that he’s been in the studio with Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, James Bay) and Don Was, the Blue Note president who, as Horan put it, “is a complete legend and has produced anyone from The Rolling Stones to John Mayer to Bob Dylan.” He continued, “For me to work with this calibre of producer is pretty amazing really and I’m humbled that they wanna work with me.”
During a conversation with Was last week, it seemed that the pair had formed something of a mutual admiration society. “[Niall] showed up with a bunch of really great songs he wrote, he sings really well,” said Was. “He was thoroughly professional, humble and sweet. He spent time talking with all the musicians, hung out — everybody loved him.”
Was added that the album that prompted Horan to call him up was not what he’d expected. “I was trying to think [of what it would be], thinking of the stuff I did 30 years ago,” he said. “But it was John Mayer’s Born and Raised, which feels like a pretty recent excursion to me…but then again, [Niall]’s 23. On that record, John was trying to evoke the feeling of those old, 60’s Laurel Canyon albums — which I think we did, in a modern way. I love that record and I’m glad [Niall] liked it, even though it’s not what you would associate with One Direction. John was highly complimented when I told him about that.”
Of Horan’s debut solo single — Was produced the 1 Mic 1 Take version — he said, “It’s a real solid song,” adding that much of what they’ve recorded for the album shares its aesthetic. “He’s the real deal, man,” Was concluded. “I’m so impressed with this guy.”
Watch Horan and Was work together in the behind-the-scenes clip below:
It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016.
Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukaemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private.
Johannah was first and foremost a truly amazing mother to seven children – Louis (24), Lottie (18), Félicité (16), and two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy (12) and Ernest and Doris (2) – whose individual talents and success are testament to the principles and beliefs she instilled in them. She was also an incredibly proud grandmother to Freddie.
Incredibly selfless, she would always look to put other people before herself. She desired nothing more than for everyone around her to be happy and loving. She worked tirelessly on numerous charity campaigns, creating memories for many individuals and their families. It wasn’t uncommon for Johannah to hear through the media of an individual in need of assistance, and she would immediately make it her objective to get that person what they often desperately needed, and rarely without success. These are the things that made Johannah happy and content in life, and all of which for me made her simply the perfect wife and best friend to face each day with. I thoroughly loved walking through life with her, and though five years was far too short a time, during that time we had so many lifetimes worth of happiness, adventures, and memories.
We would like to send our sincere thanks to Professor Steve Mackinnon and his team at University College London Hospital where Johannah was hospitalised since May. And during the last few weeks Professor John Snowden and his colleagues at Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield.