Little Mix

Since 2011 Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have established themselves as one of British pop’s brightest acts. You'll be pleased to hear their new album ‘Glory Days’, led by the glorious and cheeky lead single 'Shout Out To My Ex', is only going to make this fact even more glaringly obvious. 

Signature hits including ‘Move’, ‘Wings’ and ‘Black Magic’ - the latter becoming their third UK chart-topper, stubbornly spending three weeks at the top last summer - have helped the Number One-selling girlband score over half a billion YouTube and Vevo views worldwide, alongside massive tours of the UK, Australia, Japan and the US – where their debut album smashed a record the Spice Girls held for almost two decades. 

In many ways, however, it was their third album, 2015's 'Get Weird', that was the real turning point. Released in the hugely competitive month of November it crashed into the chart at Number 2, spent the rest of that year in the Top Ten and by August 2016 had become the biggest-selling album of their careers. Even now it's currently nestled happily in the Top Ten selling albums of 2016, outselling the likes of One Direction, Sia and Rihanna. Rather than seeing their careers plateau or start to diminish with each album, Little Mix are revelling in bucking the trends of the more typical pop acts. 

Bolstered by the retro loveliness of 'Love Me Like You', the heart-rending ballad 'Secret Love Song' and a re-worked version of anti-dickhead anthem 'Hair' featuring actual legend Sean Paul, it's an album that cemented the band's confidence in their own sound. Its ridiculous success also meant they could head out on yet another arena tour, this time playing an incredible 60 shows across Europe (including another two sold out dates at London's O2 arena), Australia and Asia, and selling over 500k tickets. 

But what of the present? How does the world's biggest girl group maintain that status? If their new album is anything to go by it's by pouring their emotions into gargantuan pop songs that sparkle and snap in all the right places. Effervescent lead single 'Shoutout To My Ex' is a knowing, yet perfectly pitched, kiss-off that turns their experience of heartbreak into pure pop gold with a chorus that could crush buildings. 'FU' and 'Nobody Like You', meanwhile, continue their trend for vocally magnificent ballads, with the latter plucking on the heartstrings like a harp. Then there's 'Touch', a throbbing, thoroughly modern-sounding dance goliath that quite literally pulsates. 

Pop acts like Little Mix don't come along that often. Growing better and bolder with each new album, they understand the brilliance of pop music and how it relates to their passionate and loyal fanbase. Not interested in just chucking music out for the sake of it, their songs are personality-packed, carefree when they need to be and emotive at just the right moments. Hold on tight, things are about to go properly interstellar. 

 

Niall Horan

“THIS TOWN”

NIALL HORAN SURPRISES FANS WITH FIRST SOLO SINGLE,

 

 

"I'm excited to announce I have signed a record deal with Capitol Records USA and released my first solo song. 

Thank you to all the One Direction fans for your love and support as always.

I'm looking forward to the next part of this journey together." – Niall Horan

 

Niall Horan makes his solo debut with the single “This Town,” by Capitol Records.

 

Niall gives a stripped-down performance of “This Town” in a new “1 Mic 1 Take” video. The video was filmed in the historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA.

 

Greg Kurstin  (Adele, Sia, Kelly Clarkson) produced the heartfelt and beautiful song, which Niall wrote with Jamie Scott, Mike Needle and Daniel Bryer.

 

The studio version of 'This Town', released via Capitol Records US,  is available now across Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.

 

 

Vevo – http://niall.to/thistownvevo

Website – http://niallhoran.com

Twitter – http://twitter.com/niallofficial

Instagram – http://instagram.com/niallhoran

Facebook – http://facebook.com/niallofficial

 

 

Louis Tomlinson

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A gifted singer/songwriter who counts acting, football and presenting among his many talents, Louis Tomlinson has shone brightly throughout his time with One Direction.

Having started his music career on The X-Factor, the 24-year-old has grown into an international superstar alongside his band-mates.

A keen performer, Louis started his career as an actor, taking part as an extra in comedy Fat Friends as a child. Following some small television roles, including If I Had You and Waterloo Road when he was 11, the confident entertainer auditioned for the seventh season of The X-Factor in 2010 and advanced several rounds, before being formed into a group with fellow contestants Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik to become One Direction, a group that eventually finished the competition in third place. Following the competition, Syco signed One Direction, and the band soon rocketed to stardom, performing at multiple events in a number of countries, and earning a wealth of fans across the world with their first single, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ (released in 2011), which became a global No.1 hit.

The most successful act to come from the The X-Factor, and certainly one of the most globally successful bands in the world, One Direction has enjoyed a succession of hits, including four No.1 singles and four No.1 albums; winning 169 awards and embarking on four world tours throughout their career. The boys made their fifth and latest album, ‘Made in the A.M.’, in November 2015, performing two tracks from it on the The X-Factor final, before announcing they were taking a hiatus from touring in 2016.

A keen philanthropist, Louis has invested an impressive amount of time and resources into a number of worthy causes; something he is very passionate about. In addition to the charity work he has carried out with his band mates, such as involvement in projects for Sport and Comic Relief, Nordoff Robbins, Save the Children (Action/1D project), Greenpeace and Believe In Magic (a charity centred on bringing joy to seriously and terminally ill children), Louis has also thrown himself into solo contributions, including hosting an extravagant Cinderella Ball for the latter; raising a phenomenal amount for the charity while simultaneously treating all attendees to a magical fairy-tale experience. The event left such a powerful impression that David Cameron Tweeted how proud he was of Louis and the charity’s founder, Meg Bhari.

Louis, who has been internationally lauded for his commitment to charity even though he is notoriously private about his involvement, is also a celebrity patron of the Stacey Mowle charity appeal and patron of the Eden Dora Trust, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Believe in Magic, Stacey Smiles (all children’s charities) and an Ambassador of the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards.

A recent father and semi-professional footballer having been signed by Doncaster Rovers on a non-contract basis in 2013, Louis is a talented songwriter who boasts writing credits on more than 33 of One Direction’s songs.

Louis has recently launched his own label via Syco and released a single, Just Hold On with Steve Aioki. Upon release the single hit No.1 on iTunes in an amazing 43 countries.

One Direction


It’s been five years since One Direction became third-place winners of The X Factor.

At that moment, the world fell in love with these ordinary boys who dreamt of becoming singers.

Since then, they’ve notched up 137 number ones, over 61 million sales worldwide, over 1 billion Spotify streams, 25 million Twitter followers and 38 million Facebook fans later - and the boys have succeeded in making their dream come true.

In November they released their fifth album, Made In The A.M. The one they say they are ‘most proud of’.

Their first album as a four piece comes at an exciting time for the band. Each of the 17 tracks featured on the Deluxe Edition came together with Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis at the helm. Countless hours were spent in studios all over the world while touring – and these are the 17 songs that best represent them.

“We are all incredibly proud of this album,” explains Niall. “We definitely believe this is our best yet and cannot wait to share it with all our amazing fans.”

To say One Direction is one of the hardest working bands in the industry is an understatement. A lot of sweat - and even some tears went into making this record.

‘[Harry’s] song was quite emotional for me to do,’ says Liam. ‘I may have shed one or two tears.’

Featuring on the album is yet another string of much loved collaborators, including Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett, Jamie Scott, John Ryan, Wayne Hector and TMS  - a true testament to the boys’ place in the music world.

Lead single Drag Me Down went straight in at the top of the charts in the UK and 90 other countries. And as a special treat to fans, Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis have made album track Infinity available to download instantly while pre-ordering.

Raye

What do we expect from stars in 2017? Do we want head-spinning bangers, full of character and an indefinable swagger? Do we want them to showcase their songwriting chops on their own songs as well as knocking out some gold-plated hits for other people? Do we want them to lend their vocal talents to other people's songs to take them from a solid B+ to an all-out A*? In an ideal world, the answer to all of the above is yes.

Thankfully for the future of pop there's one new superstar-in-waiting that can do all of those things and more. Actually, thinking about it, she's already done all those things. That perfect popstar is RAYE, an 18-year-old South Londoner who's current CV includes two stellar EPs, a monstrous single in the shape of I, U, Us (co-written with Charli XCX), a writing credit on a future banger (Charli XCX's own After The Afterparty), a collaboration with Nas on the soundtrack to The Birth Of A Nation, features on huge tunes by the likes of Jonas Blue and Jax Jones, and a rib-rattling collaboration with UK rap ballbuster Stefflon Don on an off-the-cuff cover of Desiigner's Timmy Turner (RAYE also co-directed and edited the video). All this from someone who knows she has several absolute smashes up her immaculately designed sleeves (she's also got her own fashion label, don't you know) and is supporting Jess Glynne on her upcoming arena tour. “It sounds stupid but I want to be as big as I can be,” she states. “I want to be massive. I'm 18 and I'm just starting so let's go.”

In many ways RAYE's musicality was pre-determined. Her dad and granddad were both musical, the former playing keys in a band while both of them wrote songs. She'd also caught the songwriting bug from an early age, with piano lessons helping her formulate songs as she moved into double digits. “I started writing songs with my dad and we had a little mic and an interface to record stuff down. I have songs from when I was 10 singing about bullies in the playground and silly stuff.” Headstrong and determined, it was around this same time that RAYE decided she wanted to go to the Brit School. Of course she got in, but even before that – at the age of just 14 – she'd landed herself a manager. Once ensconced in such a creative environment, her songwriting talents flourished. “When I was at the Brit School I was doing recording sessions after school and on Saturday and Sundays. My first ever session was with Eg White [Adele, Florence & The Machine], which is mad.'

Itching to get started properly, she left the Brit School at the age of 16. More songwriting sessions followed, and while a career as a successful songwriter beckoned, RAYE knew she wanted to be an artist in her own right. She also knew she could offer up a different type of popstar to the ones she could see being successful. “I definitely always knew I wanted to be an artist. It's been a bit of a battle, more because of how you're supposed to look as an artist; skinny and conforming to how other pop stars are meant to be.'

Her instincts were quickly proven correct with the release of 2014's independently-funded Welcome To Winter EP, which housed Bet U Wish (over 1.8m Soundcloud plays) and Hotbox (half a million plays), the latter helping her secure a deal with Polydor after Olly Alexander from Years & Years told the head of the label it was his favourite song. 2016's Second EP, a brilliantly bolshy collection of in-you-face pop bangers centred on a dickhead boy, featured collaborations with Charli XCX (the aforementioned I, U, Us) and Stormzy (the low-slung defiance of Ambition). The steady shift in sound and a move towards something a bit more pop is all part of her masterplan. “I want to be a massive pop artist and I've always wanted to start in the right place so that's with the music I love. I've always wanted to do it in my own way, on my own terms.”

 

 

Tulisa

Tulisa is a superstar singer, multi-platinum selling artist and previous X Factor judge and without doubt one of the most written about female celebrities of our time.

Tulisa achieved massive success and recognition as part of the dynamite trio N-Dubz. Their albums 'Uncle B,' 'Against All Odds' and 'Love.Live.Life' have to-date sold over 1 million copies in the UK. A sold out Arena tour, over 100 million views on YouTube, a No.1 bestselling book and four MOBO Award wins. .

Tulisa was voted FHM’s Sexiest Women of The Year 2012. She has gone on to complete her first highly anticipated autobiography and launched her TFB clothing line which was exclusively release by the high street store Bank, for which she is also the face of.

Tulisa has over 3 million followers on Twitter and has become a national obsession, gracing the pages of tabloids daily and the cover of magazines on a weekly basis.