Twitter has released its Year in Review data, and, to the surprise of no one who spends any time on the Internet, a majority of the Top Retweets of the Year went to the men of One Direction.
In the number one spot? Harry Styles’ first message back in March 2015 once Malik announced he was quitting the band. Twitter is also dubbing this the Golden Tweet of the year.
All the love as always. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) March 26, 2015
Malik himself finishes in the number two spot for the year, when he shared his love for his former bandmates’ new single, “Drag Me Down” and fans happily decided they didn’t have to worry about any kind of feud.
Proud of my boys the new single is sick. Big love. 🙂 x
— zayn (@zaynmalik) August 1, 2015
The number three spot is also dominated by 1D love, in this case Liam Payne’s celebration of five years of 1D craziness. Pause for a second as you realize that the lads have been dealing with worldwide fan love & outrage for half a decade.
Wowwwww 5 years 5 boys what an amazing journey I couldn't thank you all ever enough and thank you Louis Niall Harry and zayn for everything
— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) July 23, 2015
President Obama (not currently a member of One Direction) comes in at number four with his tweet supporting the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage in June. But after that brief foray into serious issues, we’re back with One Direction at number five.
Our fans support really has been a different class ! Huge love to you guys !!
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) May 7, 2015
Tomlinson is followed by King Salman of Saudi Arabia as well as Kanye West, and then 1D comes roaring back, this time with Niall Horan, cute and talented Irishman, at number eight. That’s right: All the 1D boys managed to get themselves into the Top 8 Most Retweeted messages of the year.
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) August 29, 2015
One Direction have revealed the identity of their next single. The band will unleash ‘Infinity’ as the next track from their fifth album ‘Made in the A.M.’.
Announcing the news on Twitter, singer Liam Payne said:
Infinity is the next single off #MadeInTheAM!
— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) November 26, 2015
The song was written by Jamie Scott, John Ryan and Julian Bunetta. It will follow previous singles ‘Drag Me Down’ and ‘Perfect’.
One Direction’s ‘Made in the A.M.’ meanwhile reached No.1 in the UK and Ireland when it was released in November.
Liam Payne has placed Enrique Iglesias near the top of his collaboration wishlist. The One Direction man and his bandmates were asked by E! News Latino about which Latin music stars they would love to duet with.
Harry Styles said “all of them” and appeared receptive to the idea of working with acts like Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull.
“Enrique’s got a new album [‘Sex + Love’] which is quite cool. I like that he has a lot of dancing in it, it’s quite sick. He’s a cool guy.”
The singer meanwhile is set to have plenty of spare time to try his luck at an Iglesias duet.
One Direction are due to go on a prolonged break in 2016 and Payne has previously spoken about his wish to work more in publishing and songwriting during their hiatus.
With the start of 2016 just weeks away, the guys of One Direction are beginning to think about their plans and goals for the upcoming year.
Speaking with People at Jingle Ball in Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 4, Liam Payne and Niall Horan revealed their New Year’s resolutions.
“I’m going to try and give up smoking, which is hard, but I do want to,” Payne said. “I want to. It’s about time. Need to grow up now.”
“I’m going to train, succeed in the gym this year,” Horan said. “I always do it when I’m on tour and then when I get home, I’m crap. Yeah, I would like to succeed properly and get the job done.”
Harry Styles, however, said that it was “too early” to be thinking about 2016, while Louis Tomlinson admitted, “I never stick to mine, so I’m out.”
One Direction say that they will be returning after their break next year. The group have been talking to Greg James during their Radio 1 Live Lounge performance.
Liam Payne said it would be nice to have time to write songs without the pressure of touring and travelling around the world.
“Obviously we’re all going to take a break for a bit first and then consider where we are in the world,” Liam said.
“Then I just want to write songs. That’s been the most fun process out of this, except for touring, the writing of the songs. We’re going to come back, so there’s something to write for as well, for us and for other people. We haven’t really had time to write an album. Writing’s not really a job, it’s so much fun. We’ve always had to rush it, so it’s going to be nice for the next two years – I’m going to write a few songs and see what happens.”
One Direction announced that they’d be taking a break after the release of their fifth studio album, Made in the AM, which was released today!
The band has always insisted that they’re not splitting up and want to focus on solo projects. Louis Tomlinson says he’s going to be working on his new record label.
“We’ll probably team up and do a bit of writing together and then I’ve got the little imprint thing. I’ll probably be trying to find some people to scout up (sign to his record label). I’m going to take over the world of music and Niall’s becoming a golf pro.”
They ended their On The Road world tour in Sheffield earlier this month.
Leaving the BBC Radio 1 studios: (Click in any image below to see more)
One Direction are scheduled to perform at the American Music Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles and at the BBC Music Awards on 10 December at Birmingham’s Genting Arena.
Photos from Live Lounge: (Click in any image below to see more)
1D finished third on 2010’s X Factor behind Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson.
On ‘Made in the A.M.,’ Horan is most proud of ‘Never Enough’: ‘It was kind of a new sound that we had never tried before’
One Direction’s fifth album, Made in the A.M., hits retailers on Friday — and to celebrate the massively popular boy band’s last album before going on a hiatus, EW caught up with the group to learn about the songs, albums, and artists that have inspired them over the years. We’ve already heard from Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, and below, Niall Horan shares his picks. Check back later for Liam Payne.
When Niall Horan first hit the The X Factor U.K. stage in 2010, performing Ne-Yo’s “So Sick,” he received mixed reviews from the judges’ panel. It was thanks to guest judge Katy Perry, who insisted he just needed time to grow, that he made the cut.
Now, in One Direction, Horan easily stands as most improved, having clearly worked over the years to perfect his singing, guitar-playing, and songwriting, effortlessly picking up a number of Zayn Malik’s vocals when he left the group back in March. On Made in the A.M., Horan boasts not just songwriting and composing credits — “I’m always kind of puttering around the studio,” Horan tells EW — but instrumental credits, as well. Below, he shares the musical inspirations that led to his contribution to the band’s most expertly executed record to date.
THE ARTISTS THAT HAVE MOST INSPIRED ME: The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac
“My favorite band of all time is The Eagles. They’ve influenced me in the stuff I listen to now and the way I write,” says Horan, adding that listeners should keep an ear out for some of that inspiration Made in the A.M.
Horan also cites Fleetwood Mac as a major influence — as does bandmate Harry Styles — to which the dreamy chorus in “What a Feeling,” released Wednesday, stands in testament.
THE SONGS I WISH I HAD WRITTEN: “Hotel California” and “Desperado” by The Eagles, “Imagine” by John Lennon, and “I Got a Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
Horan says that there are “plenty” of songs that he wishes he had written himself, but once again, The Eagles take center stage for “Hotel California” and “Desperado.” He also cites John Lennon’s “Imagine.” “Just great melodies, great songs,” he says, adding with a laugh that he doesn’t know the lyrics offhand, so, “Please don’t read too much into that. I don’t know, I could have gotten that wrong, here.”
He also jokes — or maybe not? — that he wishes he had written “I Got a Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas, which was “the song of the summer when I was about 14.”
THE SONGS I’M MOST PROUD OF: “Never Enough,” “Don’t Forget Where You Belong”
Horan insists this isn’t his choice just because he wrote it, but “Never Enough” is the song he’s most proud of on MITAM.“It was kind of a new sound that we had never tried before and I had never really written in that sound, either. When you hear the song you’ll know what I mean, ” he explains. “It’s very different. I was happy with the way we had written it, and the way we came about it. We were just on the piano one night in Julian [Bunetta, writer-producer]’s house, and we were sitting around and having a couple of beers and then it just kinda popped up on the piano and it’s now played by trumpets. So, when things like that happen, you feel proud.”
He adds that “Don’t Forget Where You Belong” is the track he’s most proud of from the previous four 1D albums. No big surprise for concertgoers — in live shows, Horan used to precede the Midnight Memories track with a speech expressing his gratitude for how far they’ve come, while reminding fans that the band has not forgotten their roots. The song, written by Horan along with McFly, “gets a good reaction during [live] shows, and yeah, when I was writing it there was a lot of sentiment behind it.”
MY GO-TO KARAOKE JAM: “With You” by Chris Brown and “I Want It That Way” Backstreet Boys
“I have a few [go-to karaoke songs]. I never give back the mic once I start,” Horan admits. “I always sing Chris Brown’s ‘With You’ for some reason. I remember singing that in a talent show when I was about 14. And then of course, you can’t step away from Backstreet Boys, either. ‘I Want It That Way.’ ” Boy-band game recognize boy-band game.
THE FIRST SONG I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC: Songs from Oliver!
Brown’s “With Love” was an early public performance for Horan — “I’m very R&B, as you can tell,” he jokes — but prior to that, he participated in a school production of Oliver! when he was “around 10,” so, “a few songs from that.”
‘Love You Goodbye’ is about that moment ‘when you come to the end of a relationship and you always find yourself seeing that person one last time. … If you can read between the lines’
One Direction’s fifth album, Made in the A.M., hits retailers on Friday — and to celebrate the massively popular boy band’s last album before going on a hiatus, EW caught up with the group to learn about the songs, albums, and artists that have inspired them over the years. Below, Louis Tomlinson shares his picks. For more, here’s Harry Styles and Niall Horan.
As one of One Direction’s most prolific songwriters — along with Liam Payne and 1D’s steady roster of songwriter-producer collaborators like Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, John Ryan, and more — Louis Tomlinson plays a huge part in determining the band’s sound, one which has grown leaps and bounds since their debut album, Up All Night, was released four years ago. Their latest, Made in the A.M., is on track to be their best yet judging by the songs that have been released ahead of the Friday drop date. (And no, newly released “History” is not about departed band member Zayn Malik, despite fan and media speculation to the contrary. “People are always going to read into that kind of thing but actually, conceptually, ‘History’ is more about the relationship as a whole, you know? As a band,” Tomlinson tells EW. “We’ve all been through this together and we’ll never forget it but also we’ve been in this relationship with the fans and that’s … that’s kind of as far as it goes.”)
Below, Tomlinson, 23, reveals his inspirations and the songs that have helped him grow as a singer-songwriter-producer while touring and recording over the past five years.
THE FIRST MUSIC I BOUGHT WITH MY OWN MONEY: Bullet in a Bible, Green Day
“The first album I bought would probably have been … although it was a live DVD, Green Day’s Bullet in a Bible tour. One of the Green Day albums, for sure. I used to be obsessed,” Tomlinson tells EW. “I was probably around 18 — that’s when I started getting into Green Day, I reckon. That’s quite old to buy my first album. I didn’t download them illegally, though!”
Though Bullet in a Bible-era Green Day is a far cry from Dookie-era Green Day, you’d be hard-pressed to find any influence of the East Bay, California-founded punk band in One Direction’s music. However, Tomlinson says that, as far as 1D is concerned, it was the performance aspect of Bullet that inspired him: “I just watched the DVD religiously. The show they put on was so incredible.”
A SONG I WISH I HAD WRITTEN: “U.N.I.,” Ed Sheeran
“Well, every Ed Sheeran song ever,” Tomlinson says when asked to name a song he wishes he had written himself. Sheeran has written for three out of five One Direction albums, including concert staple “Little Things” (Take Me Home) and, most recently, “18” (Four). “What is so great about his style of writing is it’s so simplistic, but so fantastic. He makes simple stuff sound so great. I think that’s why he’s so good at being relatable.” One particular track that struck him was “U.N.I.”: “I love the lyrics behind it.”
THE SONGS I’M MOST PROUD OF: “Love You Goodbye” and “Midnight Memories”
“The one I wrote on that I’m most proud of on the new one is probably ‘Love You Goodbye,’ ” he says, describing it as a “romance-y but not romance-y” power ballad. “Not a very good description,” he jokes. So, what’s “Love You Goodbye” about then? “I think it’s kind of like when … how to put this? When you come to the end of a relationship and you always find yourself seeing that person one last time. It’s that moment.” He pauses, adding with a laugh: “If you can read between the lines.”
From the previous four albums, Tomlinson is most proud of the title track from Midnight Memories. “ ‘Midnight Memories’ was the first song that we felt like we had real ownership over,” he recalls. “I remember that session and it was just one of those really magical moments in the studio.”
THE ALBUM THAT REMINDS ME OF MY FIRST LOVE: Far Away, Nickelback
Though Tomlinson responds with “the first Nickelback album” when asked to name the record that reminds him of his first love, he specifically cites the title track from Far Away (2006): “I actually have that tattooed on my arm. I just really like it.”
(Earlier this year, Tomlinson — along with Payne — posed for a photo inside a recording studio with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. The results from that meeting have yet to materialize.)
THE ARTISTS THAT HAVE MOST INSPIRED ME: Ed Sheeran, Green Day, and Robbie Williams
“As a songwriter — as I’ve said before — Ed is really inspiring in his ability,” says Tomlinson. “And then growing up on Green Day, that kind of got me into performing. And maybe also Robbie Williams — he’s a fantastic performer. Watched a lot of his stuff.”
The singer-songwriter shares the albums, songs and artists that have inspired him through the years
One Direction’s fifth album, Made in the A.M., hits retailers on Friday — and to celebrate the massively popular boy band’s last album before going on a hiatus, EW caught up with the group to learn about the songs, albums, and artists that have inspired them over the years. Below, Harry Styles shares his picks. For more, here’s Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan.
He’s easily the most recognizable face of One Direction and he may garner the most attention as the group gets ready to go on hiatus with the release of their new album. Depending on what you read, Harry Styles is either itching to launch a solo career or to continue behind the scenes as a writer. (He’s penned tunes for Ariana Grande, Alex & Sierra, and Meghan Trainor, to name a few.)
For now, Styles tells EW that he’s focused on launching Made in the A.M., a record the band is “very, very proud of. We’re looking forward to sharing it with everyone — we kind of want to get it out.” That may be an understatement: on Tuesday, One Direction released “Love You Goodbye,” joining “History,” “End of the Day,” and “Infinity” as early releases alongside singles “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect.”
Ahead, Styles, 21, talks about the albums and songs that shaped his and the group’s approach to the record. No surprise for anyone even tangentially familiar with Styles’ sartorial and musical tastes, the ’70s and ’80s play a huge role.
THE FIRST MUSIC I BOUGHT WITH MY OWN MONEY: Bat Out of Hell, Meatloaf
“I think it was Bat Out of Hell,” Styles says of the first music he ever bought with his own money. “Meatloaf. I think I was about 10.” If Bat Out of Hell seems an odd choice for a 10-year-old, Styles explains, “I used to listen to a lot of my dad’s music and my mum’s music. They already had that album that I listened to, and then my dad lost his Bat Out of Hell so I went out and got one.”
THE FIRST SONG I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC: “My Way,” Frank Sinatra
Styles first answers that his professional debut came with a performance of Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ‘69,” but amends to say that the first time he ever performed in public was when he was 9 years old, when he took on “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. “I was at a karaoke machine in a pub and I was not very confident.” The crowd response was positive, but, “I mean, I knew most of them so I think they were being nice since I was 9.” Biased, then? “Yeah, a little biased.”
THE ARTISTS THAT HAVE MOST INSPIRED ME: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Norah Jones, Shania Twain
Styles lists a number of musical inspirations, once again crediting his parents for how their tastes influenced his own. “My dad was a big [fan of] The Beatles, Elvis Presley, [The Rolling] Stones, Fleetwood Mac, that kinda stuff,” he says. “I think if you grew up listening to that, a child can’t not be influenced. Yeah, a lot of that was [my parents]. And then my mum was crazy into Norah Jones and Shania Twain, so I have that side, too, which is fun.”
A SONG I WISH I HAD WRITTEN: “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” Paul Simon
“I wish I had written ‘50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,’” Styles says. Like the rest of his musical inspirations, the track is an oldie, hailing from Paul Simon’s 1975 record Still Crazy After All These Years. “I think the verse in that song is one of the best verses ever written. It’s incredible.”
THE SONGS I’M MOST PROUD OF: “Infinity,” “Drag Me Down,” “Stockholm Syndrome,” and “Happily”
Asked to name one song from Made in the A.M. and one from the previous four, Styles says he’s especially proud of promotional single “Infinity” as well as “Drag Me Down,” the band’s first single following the departure of Zayn Malik. “I was really happy with how ‘Drag Me Down’ went around. I like that one a lot. And from [Four], probably ‘Stockholm Syndrome,’ which we [did] on tour and people seem[ed] to like it. We’re happy with that one.”
Styles even threw in a bonus, citing “Happily” from Midnight Memories, their third outing and the title track for which Louis Tomlinson was most proud of as it was “the first song that we felt like we had real ownership over.”
THE MUSIC I LIKE THAT MIGHT SURPRISE PEOPLE: Lianne La Havas
There’s “probably a lot” of music that Styles enjoys that would surprise people, he says. “I just got really into Lianna La Havas. I think she’s great.” For the uninitiated, La Havas is a British folk/soul singer-songwriter whose second album, Blood, dropped over the summer. “There’s plenty of stuff [I like] that people aren’t going to necessarily assume … but yeah, it changes constantly. That’s what makes it so fun.”