One Direction’s Niall Horan talked with me on the red carpet of the American Music Awards to talk about the band’s new album Midnight Memories and their night ahead at the AMAs. The quintet performed “Story Of My Life” and took home an AMA. Horan also spoke about the group’s nomination for Best Album Pop or Rock with Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift.
Life & Style Weekly reports that Taylor Swift actually first crushed on One Direction’s Zayn Malik before Harry Styles. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about the Jonas Brothers and Kim Kardashian’s post-baby slim down on “The Ralphie Show.”
LIFE AND STYLE WEEKLY’S ANDREW NODELL: Jessica Simpson’s New Nursery, Harry Styles’ New GF, Amanda Bynes’ Duet
Life & Style Weekly reports that One Direction’s Harry Styles has a new girlfriend. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about Amanda Bynes’ possible song duet partner and Jessica Simpson’s new nursery on “The Ralphie Show.”
Carly Rose Sonenclar kept it in “The X-Factor” family for her next YouTube cover, in which she sings another artist’s song. This time she tackled One Direction’s “Stole My Heart.”
“I think this is going to be a fan favorite,” Sonenclar told “The Ralphie Show” of the song selection back in April, before she had announced it. “(It’s) from an artist that (my fans) really like.”
The X-Factor runner-up revealed to me that she doesn’t have a specific method for choosing songs to cover and post online. Sonenclar has posted songs she has done for the reality show and tracks that were popular with her supporters. She’ll perform more covers, and possibly a new single as well, when she performs at the Best Buy Theater on August 10.
There hasn’t been a girl group to take over the United States since a void was left by the Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane. UK quartet Little Mix is looking to change that.
“I do find it really strange,” responded singer Jesy Nelson of the idea that there hasn’t been a popular girl band in the States since the aforementioned groups. “Yunno what, it’s time to change it up. Little Mix is here!”
Nelson’s comment elicited laughter from her band-mates. The girls were in a great mood as they walked the red carpet of their performance with J-14 Magazine inside the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. Little Mix’s debut single, “Wings” just cracked the top 40 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart this month.
“We just feel incredibly lucky,” said Perrie Edwards, who by the way, is romantically linked to One Direction’s Zayn Malik. “We didn’t know what the response was going to be like, and so far so good.”
“Wings” will serve as the first single from the band’s album DNA, which will be released in the U.S. this May. The girls wouldn’t reveal if the American version would feature any new collaborations with artists from the States. Jade Thirlwall did divulge some advice received from the 1D fellas about making the media rounds across the pond.
“We did obviously ask them, and they just said, ‘The main thing is to be yourself and just be confident with everything, and believe in yourself,’” she recalled. “And we believe in us, so hopefully it all goes well.”
Little Mix won “The X-Factor” overseas back in 2011. The singers are signed to Simon Cowell’s SYCO Music, and their music is distributed in the States by Columbia Records, which is also the U.S. home for One Direction and Olly Murs.
LIFE & STYLE’S LAURA LANE: Harry Styles Cuts Taylor Swift From 1D Movie, Jessica Simpson Decorates New Pad
Life & Style Weekly reports that Harry Styles wanted all footage of Taylor Swift removed from the upcoming One Direction 3D movie. Senior Reporter Laura Lane talked about that and the new pad that Jessica Simpson is moving in to on “The Ralphie Show.”
Back in England, the pairing of Olly Murs and Flo Rida seems a little odd, to the point where some close to the singer questioned if he was lying when he revealed the collaboration.
“You would never put me necessarily with Flo Rida,” explained Murs of the UK’s general first reaction to the news of “Troublemaker”. “The X-Factor” runner-up joined “The Ralphie Show” in studio on Tuesday. “It’s like putting One Direction with Lady GaGa on a song.”
Murs continued that while the U.S. views him and Flo as pop artists, the UK considers Flo more of a hip-hop/urban artist, thus the initial disconnect.
“Even my mates were going like, ‘What, you got Flo Rida on your song? You sure?’” recalled Murs. “I think it’s because of my style and my music.”
What makes the foreign view on the mix of genres even more puzzling is that Murs is already an established powerhouse overseas. He scored three double-platinum albums in the UK; the latest called Right Place Right Time, which features “Troublemaker.” He is now trying to emulate that success across the pond. Murs’ new LP is slated for an April release in America on Columbia Records. He could only hope to achieve the success of his labelmates, One Direction.
“They’re on a different world,” observed Murs of 1D’s stardom in the U.S. and beyond. “There are certain artists; the demand for them is so high. You’re talking the Britney Spears’, the Lady GaGa’s, the Rihanna’s, One Direction in that category.”
Of course with the fame comes the scrutiny of the media, and One Direction found them under the microscope throughout the band’s last visit to New York.
“It must just get to the point where everywhere you go, you just get used to seeing a picture in the press,” Murs said. “It must be so frustrating for the guys. When I see the guys I don’t really talk about it because obviously yunno, it’s something you don’t bring up in conversation. But, they must get really cheesed off.”
Coverage of the fellas reached a fever point last December when Harry Styles was spotted out and about in New York with Taylor Swift. The two have since called it quits, and when asked who might be a good replacement to Spears or L.A. Reid on the U.S. version of “The X-Factor,” Murs brought up the singer/songwriter.
“She’s the nation’s sweetheart,” Murs said of Swift. “She’s huge.”
Murs wouldn’t be worried that Swift may not be as critical as a judge should – citing the presence of the ever-cynical Simon Cowell on the panel.