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  • One Direction enjoy sales boost following Zayn Malik’s shocking departure

    Following the shock departure of Zayn Malik from One Direction, all four of their studio albums have enjoyed a significant bump for the period ending March 29, 2015.

    Malik announced that he decided to quit 1D last week and Nielsen Music has now confirmed to Billboard that the surprising news has had a great impact on the group’s sales figure.

    One Direction’s latest album, ‘FOUR’, saw a 51 percent increase in album sales over the last week, ‘Midnight Memories’ saw a 72% boost, and ‘Take Me Home’ enjoyed a 95% increase. The lads’ debut offering, ‘Up All Night’, had an impressive 113% jump.

    ‘Night Changes’ also enjoyed a significant chart boost, moving 21 percent more downloads this week than the previous period. Sitting at #43 on Billboard Hot 100.

    FOUR is at #31 (moving 8) on Billboard 200 this week, the previous album, Midnight Memories at #110, Take Me Home and Up All Night re-enters at #188 and #193 respectively.

    ‘This Is Us’ director Morgan Spurlock also recently spoke out about Malik’s decision to leave the group and told HuffPost Live that he noticed the star struggling back when they shot the movie:

    “He always struggled with being on the road. He’s a homebody. He wanted nothing more than to sit in his house and spray paint and draw and do art, and I think this explosion that happened to him — which was something none of them ever predicted — but I think he was the one who struggled with it the most. And being away, being on the road, being away from his girlfriend I think finally just got to him, and I think he said, ‘I’m done.’”

    Madame Tussauds won’t remove Zayn waxwork and the company hires “tissue attendant”

    Following the news that Zayn Malik has quit One Direction, Madame Tussauds in London has hired a tissue attendant to be on hand for emotional fans visiting the waxwork figures.

    Assistant Grace Cadden explained in a statement:

    “Directioners that have visited since the news broke have enjoyed seeing all of the boys together and singing along with their songs – many have also been teary eyed, but we’ve had a delivery of 150 boxes of tissues over the weekend so we’re prepared.”

    Marketing manager Matt Clarkson also insisted that the waxwork of Zayn Malik there to stay:

    “I want to reassure fans that we will absolutely not be removing Zayn from our One Direction line up. All five boys will remain in the attraction as they have been since their arrival in 2013.”

    PHOTOS AND VIDEOS: On The Road Again Tour in Jakarta – March 25

    One Direction performs at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 25.

    Photos: (Click in any image below to see more)


    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. Strong
    10. Better Than Words
    11. Don’t Forget Where You Belong
    12. Little Things
    13. Night Changes
    14. Alive
    15. Diana
    16. One Thing
    17. What Makes You Beautiful
    18. Through the Dark
    19. Girl Almighty
    20. Story Of My Life
    21. You And I
    22. Little White Lies
    23. Best Song Ever


    FULL Concert

    One Direction set to record fifth album in April

    The remaining quartet have three more shows before a two month break during which they will thrash out their future.

    Harry, 21, above, Louis, 23, Liam and Niall (both 21) are totally committed to making a new album.

    A source close to the band told:

    “They were due to start recording their fifth album next month and that hasn’t changed. Now they are all 21 they see it as opportunity to make a more mature musical statement. If this is the last album they want to make a record that defines them.”

    Zayn, 22, was the band’s biggest urban fan while the others prefer guitar pop.

    The source added:

    “Ed Sheeran will contribute material to the new album again, as will more adult rockers The Cribs, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy and The Madden Brothers.”

    There will also be changes to On The Road again world tour before the restart in Cardiff on June 5.

    “The show is already workable for a four piece but elements will change when there’s a break.”

    After a gig in Dubai next week the boys will work out who should tackle Zayn’s vocal parts properly.

    The source added:

    “The next two months could be the busiest ones in their career.”

    Article by DailyStar

    Simon Cowell gets rights to Zayn Malik’s solo releases with first album expected in 2016

    Zayn Malik might have left One Direction, but Simon Cowell still has the rights to his first solo releases.

    The star sensationally quit the boy band earlier this week, and it is said the X Factor boss made a deal that allowed him to get out of the group’s contract early, providing his debut material is released on Syco.

    An insider told The Sun:

    “Zayn is now the most in-demand solo artist in the world. There’s huge excitement as he’s the first member who will be able to release on their own. Simon was very understanding about him leaving the band but quickly made it clear he would stay a Syco artist for his future projects.”

    “He’ll now be able to make sure any releases are timed so they don’t clash with anything by One Direction.”

    The 22-year-old singer will reportedly be looked after the same label executives he worked with during his time with One Direction.

    Zayn’s first solo album is expected to be released early 2016, and whilst people would have preferred him to stay in the band, it seems the current situation “still works out”.

    The source added:

    “Obviously everyone at Syco would have preferred he had stayed part of the band but this result still works out for everyone.”

    Article by Mirror

    Zayn’s interview with Dan Wootton for The Sun

    Speaking exclusively to British newspaper The Sun, the 22-year-old said that his decision to quit the group was “crazy and wild and a bit mad. But at the same time I’ve never felt more in control in my life. I feel like I’m doing what’s right — right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good.”

    Malik goes on to say it was not a decision that he had taken lightly, but one that he had taken for the sake of his own personal fulfillment.

    “I did try to do something that I wasn’t happy doing for a while, for the sake of maybe other’s people’s happiness. And that was mainly the fans. I only ever tried to do it for the fans. I’m only upset [because] I feel like I may have let them down in some sort of way,” the Bradford-born singer told The Sun’s Dan Wootton.

    He added:

    “That’s the main thing that I don’t want to happen. It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything. It’s just that I can’t do that anymore because it’s not real to me.”

    Malik also denied a rift between him and band members Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne was a contributory factor behind his shock decision to exit the group.

    “They couldn’t be more wrong,” he said of the media speculation. “My band has been really supportive. They’ve been cool about it. And they understand that, you know, it’s not real to me anymore,” stated the singer, who is currently working in a London recording studio with British producer Naughty Boy on his solo debut.

    Pressed by Wootton if the door was open for him to one day return to 1D, Malik said:

    “I really don’t know if I can answer that. I don’t know.”

    He was, however, more forthcoming about the future of One Direction without him.

    “They still want to do it for a while,” Malik said of his former band mates. “They’ll carry on doing what they want to do and I think they’re going to do okay for a while. I think they’re going to be cool.”

    Malik’s shock exit from One Direction due “to stress” came shortly after he was pictured with his arm around a girl in a nightclub in Thailand, prompting speculation that he had cheated on his fiancée, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards. Shooting down those accusations, Malik confirmed that he remained engaged to Edwards, calling her “always supportive” and “a good girl.”

    After Zayn Malik quit One Direction ‘spike of sadness’ saw HUGE numbers flock to Spotify

    Streams of hits by the boy band such as Moments, Same Mistakes and Spaces went up a whopping 1900 PER CENT last night. Directioners have paid tribute to departing Zayn Malik and the rest of the lads in the most fitting manner – by listening to their music.

    Following the floppy-haired heartthrob’s departure from 1D, Spotify streams of the boy band’s music went up a whopping 1900 PER CENT.

    Zayn recently left their world tour due to stress after he was photographed holding hands with student Lauren Richardson in Thailand.

    And Twitter almost expired yesterday when he announced his decision to quit “because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight”.

    Spotify said it compared a normal hour of 1D streams on Spotify to the ‘spike of sadness’ between 8-9pm yesterday evening – and found the huge jump in listeners to such hits as Moments, Same Mistakes and Spaces.

    The spike in the US saw a 769% increase in streams while overall there was a 330% increase globally.

    The band has accumulated an astonishing 1.4BILLION streams on Spotify.

    The 1D songs which increased the most in the 3 hours following the announcement were:

    Same Mistakes
    I Wish
    Gotta Be You

    Zayn Malik puts strain on UK economy as hundreds of workers demand compassionate leave

    More than 220 calls were made to employment law experts by workers asking for compassionate leave following the news that Zayn Malik had quit One Direction.

    The singer’s announcement is said to have catalysed hundreds of requests made to the Employer Advice Service of Manchester-based company Peninsula.

    Employment law director Alan Price said:

    “It was a situation you just couldn’t make up”.

    “While I sympathise with One Direction fans, I hardly think this qualified as compassionate leave,” Price told the Manchester Evening News.

    “If employees feel strongly about the issue then request that they take days off as a holiday, but compassionate leave is what you allow if a close relative dies, unless the employer is unaware of family ties with Zayn Malik then I hardly think that this qualifies.

    “Abusing compassionate leave is inconsiderate to fellow colleagues who may genuinely need the time off.”

    He went on to draw comparisons between the event and that of the big parting of ways of Robbie Williams from Take That in 1996, where they again experienced a huge spike in calls from concerned bosses.

    “It’s worth noting that the dismissal of Jeremy Clarkson has not led to calls,” he concluded.

    Malik released an official statement about his departure on Wednesday. It read:

    “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart.

    “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”

    Mental health charities have since called on One Direction fans to be cautious of hashtags that appear to promote self-harm and other worrying trends.

    Article by Independent UK

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