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  • One Direction’s Drag Me Down breaks global streaming record on Spotify

    It was only released four days ago, but One Direction have already broken records with their new single Drag Me Down.

    Following its unexpected release on Friday, July 31, the track set a new record for the greatest number of streams over one day on the service, notching up 4.75 million plays globally.

    The figure means the band topple previously leader See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, which clocked 4.26 million streams on April 17, five weeks after its release.

    Drag Me Down is said to be One Direction’s most successful single launch ever, topping the iTunes charts in 82 countries and trending for over 10 hours last Friday, with 22,000 tweets about the song being sent every minute.

    ‘Drag Me Down’ single review by Billboard: 1D becomes larger than life

    On one hand, One Direction’s new single “Drag Me Down” offers the “mature” sound that the group members has been boasting about in the lead-up to their fifth studio album. If 2014’s Four found the boys still dabbling in mid-70’s arena-rock, this quick, unfussy track is a graduation to the shimmering pop-rock melodies of the Police and Fleetwood Mac. However, “Drag Me Down” also teeters upon an age-old theme for pop groups: fan appreciation. On its first single without recently departed member Zayn Malik – and its first since its five-year anniversary as a group – One Direction romantically alludes to the diehard Directioners and their place in the group’s phenomenal run of success; it’s basically the Backstreet Boys’ “Larger Than Life” with a slightly less bombastic guitar riff.
    Not that that’s a bad thing: the lyrics to “Drag Me Down” coolly encourage enthusiasm and make up for the lack of showy instrumentation with some blazingly ostentatious metaphors. “I got a river for a soul, and baby, you’re a boat,” Harry Style declares unflinchingly on the first verse, while Liam Payne thumps his chest on the chorus with, “All these lights, they can’t blind me/With your love, nobody can drag me down.” The song hums along with a playful back-and-forth between the guitar and bass, and if the hooks aren’t as delectable as they are on the group’s past hits, they at least come close. The best news for One Direction fans is that the quartet does not sound incomplete: the group compensates for Malik’s absence by giving each member ample time to shine, and the harmonies admirably resonate on the call-and-response portions of the pre-chorus.

    One Direction is prodding at some intriguing sonic textures here, but they’re far from unrecognizable. For those worried that a four-member incarnation of the group can’t get the job done, “Drag Me Down” assuages those fears by keeping the overall quality level high.

    3,5 out of 5 stars

    One Direction drop first new single and top iTunes chart within an hour

    One Direction fans woke up to an unexpected treat this morning as the group dropped a new single… and promptly sent the song to the top of the iTunes chart.
    Drag Me Down, 1D’s first single since Zayn Malik left the band, was released early this morning with no promotion or radio airplay, but still went straight in at Number 1 on Spotify and iTunes.

    Catching everyone off guard, Drag Me Down was released at 6.30am and raced up the trending topics list on Twitterwith over 1.6 million tweets abouts, and fans were quick to sing the praises of the new song which is set to mark a more ‘mature One Direction sound’.

    The song is currently at #1 in 77 countries!

    Listen to “Drag Me Down” on Spotify, Apple Music and buy now on iTunes!

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    One Direction also announced they will perform in the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series next Tuesday, Aug 4! Will be the “Drag Me Down” first live performance?

    You can find the lyrics for “Drag Me Down” here.

    Louis Tomlinson to host charity ‘Cinderella Ball’ in London

    Louis Tomlinson has shared details of a special charity event he is hosting on August 10 in central London.

    The superstar will host a Cinderella Ball for Believe In Magic, which is a charity that spreads magic throughout the lives of seriously and terminally ill children, and he has now released a number of tickets to the public.

    Most of the places at the event were invite-only, but Louis took to his official Twitter page this evening to inform fans that a number of passes have now been made available via the organisation’s website.

    A limited amount of tickets are now on sale for a lofty £500 each, or you can buy a 10-person table for £4,500. To reserve places, you can click here.

    Harry Styles inspires writers of Pixar’s new movie “Inside Out”

    In an interesting turn of events, on July 24, the writers at Digital Spy noticed something about the movie Inside Out from Pixar that seemed to be depicting Harry Styles.

    Sure enough, it turns out that Inside Out‘s director and producer confirmed that “Harry Styles” was hidden in plain sight in the movie. As it appears, “Inside Riley’s imagination there’s a lanky, shaggy-haired manifestation of her ideal boyfriend.”

    Where did the idea to use Harry Styles come from? The director of Inside Out, Pete Docter, has a daughter that adores One Direction — and that gave them some inspiration for using Harry Styles as the imaginary boyfriend of Riley in Inside Out.

    Docter says his daughter is “very much a [One Direction] fan.” Adding to that, producer Jonas Rivera said “[Harry Styles is] the greatest hits of what an imaginary boyfriend would look like. We asked a lot of people!”

    To create their prototype of Harry Styles for the imaginary boyfriend in Inside Out, Rivera states the fashion they focused on was the hairstyle and “the tight-fitting jeans that are a little bit saggy around the middle.”


    PHOTOS AND VIDEOS: On The Road Again Tour in Edmonton – July 21

    One Direction performs at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 21.

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    Videos: (According to the setlist)

    1. Clouds
    2. Steal My Girl
    3. Little Black Dress
    4. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
    5. Midnight Memories
    6. Kiss You
    7. Stockholm Syndrome
    8. Fireproof
    9. Ready to Run
    10. Better Than Words
    11. Don’t Forget Where You Belong
    12. Little Things
    13. Night Changes
    14. 18
    15. No Control
    16. Alive
    17. Diana
    18. What Makes You Beautiful
    19. Through the Dark
    20. Girl Almighty
    21. Story Of My Life
    22. You And I
    23. Act My Age
    24. Little White Lies
    25. Best Song Ever

    PHOTOS AND VIDEOS: On The Road Again Tour in Vancouver – July 17

    One Direction performs at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on July 17.

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    Videos: (According to the setlist)

    1. Clouds
    2. Steal My Girl
    3. Little Black Dress
    4. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
    5. Midnight Memories
    6. Kiss You
    7. Stockholm Syndrome
    8. Ready to Run
    9. Better Than Words
    10. Don’t Forget Where You Belong
    11. Little Things
    12. Night Changes
    13. 18
    14. Alive
    15. Diana
    16. No Control
    17. What Makes You Beautiful
    18. Through the Dark
    19. Girl Almighty
    20. Story Of My Life
    21. You And I
    22. Act My Age
    23. Little White Lies
    24. Best Song Ever


    Niall rapping
    Niall and Louis talking
    Liam read signs

    5 years of One Direction

    Five years ago on Friday, July 23, at 8:22pm was the birth of one of the world’s biggest bands, One Direction. This entire week has just been a 1D fan fest, with thousands of the band’s admirers tweeting obsessively about the anniversary.

    That’s right, it’s been five years since Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan were put together by Nicole Scherzinger on The X Factor, after failing to get through as soloists at judge’s houses.

    Over the last five years, the boy band has released four albums – Up All night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories and FOUR– all of which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard. In the five years since becoming a band, One Direction has sold over 20 million albums and 30 million songs worldwide.


    One Direction’s first single, “What Makes You Beautiful” was released on September 11, 2011 and debuted in the UK Singles Chart at number one. It became the third fastest selling single of 2011! Up All Night sold more than 5.4 million copies worldwide and What Makes You Beautiful became one of the best selling songs of all time.


    In late 2012, One Direction released their second album Take Me Home, the album reached number one in 35 countries and it’s the band best selling album, over 5.6 million copies.

    In November 2013, One Direction released their third studio album Midnight Memories, which includes the smash hit “Story of My Life”. Midnight Memories was the best selling album of 2013, selling four million copies in few months.

    One Direction were the most popular global recording artists of 2013, International trade body IFPI named the UK boyband Global Recording Artists of 2013, a newly-created award, following the success of their third studio album Midnight Memories.

    The fourth studio album was released on November 17, 2014. Peaking #1 in every chart, the album was the most streamed album in 1 week in the States!

    Sad moment.. On March 25, 2015, One Direction announced in a statement on their Facebook that Zayn has departed from One Direction, citing stress, and his desire to live “as a normal 22-year-old”.


    “This Is Us” was the first theatrical film of One Direction, detailing what life is like for the band when they tour the world. Filming started in January 2013. This Is Us is currently the fourth highest grossing concert movie, grossing over six times the film’s budget.

    “One Direction: Where We Are – The Concert Film” was the second theatrical film of the band, showcasing one concert at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, during the band’s 2014 Where We Are world tour. The film broke the record for the highest grossing event cinema production with a net total of $15 million.


    Theatres, Arenas and then Stadiums…

    One Direction have scored the highest grossing tour of 2014. The band pulled in $290 million (£195 million) in ticket sales for their stadium shows across the globe!! All concerts were sold out.

    And now, they’re currently on tour, with their On The Road Again Tour.


    Breaking records with singles, albums, tour, DVDs, perfumes and movies!! The One Direction boys have another record-breaking achievement under their belt – their fragrance Our Moment has been named by The Perfume Shop as their fastest ever selling scent. Our Moment has outsold any other fragrance based on first week sales alone. The retailer has reported that it has been selling one bottle of the perfume per minute! They also awarded the boys with the Golden Perfume Bottle Award!

    One Direction’s YouTube channel have 4 billion hits and 12 #VEVOCertified videos, they also broke the VEVO record twice for most watched video in 24h, 10.9m views in 1 day with “Best Song Ever”.


    5 Billboard Music Awards;
    10 MTV Europe Music Awards;
    3 People’s Choice Awards;
    5 BRIT Awards;
    3 NRJ Music Awards;
    1 ASCAP Pop Music Awards;
    4 World Music Awards;
    5 American Music Awards;
    1 BMI Awards;
    19 Teen Choice Awards;
    4 MTV Video Music Awards;
    1 Bambi Awards;
    8 Japan Gold Disc Awards;
    1 Much Music Video Awards;
    3 ARIA Music Awards;
    1 IFPI Global Recording Artist Award;

    In addition were named the artists of the year in 2014 by Billboard, and have five entries in the Guinness World Records (First UK group to debut at No. 1 in USA with a debut album; Most twitter followers for a pop group; Highest debut by a UK group on the US singles chart; Only music act with first 3 albums debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart; Only music act with first 4 albums debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart).

    One Direction have been celebrating their fifth anniversary today, with more hashtags and trending topics than we can count.

    Since their making, One Direction have become the biggest success to come out of The X Factor, despite not winning the 2010 series.

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