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BRIT Awards 2014 Winners List

BRIT awardsThe 2014 BRIT Awards took place last night at London’s 02 Arena, and in addition to hosting performances by Katy Perry, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde and Disclosure, the ceremony also gave awards to some of the year’s most popular performers including, David BowieEllie Goulding, Bastille, One Direction, Arctic Monkeys, and yes, even Lorde. Check out the full list of winners below, and let us know who would have had your vote in the comments. (more…)

People's Choice Awards Winners: Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift

people's choice awardsThe people have spoken. And they love Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry.

After Timberlake scored awards for Favorite Album, Favorite Male Artist, and Favorite R&B Artist, he thanked Ellen DeGeneres “for all the personal inspiration and the cookies. [She] bakes a hell of a cookie.” Oh, and his parents, of course, “for continuing to instill in me that no dream is too big.”

Katy Perry snagged awards for her track “Roar” under Favorite Song and Favorite Music Video, while Taylor Swift took home Favorite Country Artist.

Check out the full list of winners below, which includes Britney Spears, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Demi Lovato. (more…)

How The Songwriters Behind One Direction Secretly Control Your Mind

One DirectionAbout a month ago, after One Direction dropped their latest release, Midnight Memories, most reviewers couldn’t help but point out the album’s shameless knock-offs of some of the biggest pop hits of the ’80s including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” and pretty much any song by Asia, just to name a few. And, yes, while the songwriters behind the squeaky clean boy band’s smash singles make their musical points of reference pretty obvious to any listener older than 12, they also manage to pull off some patently ingenious lyrical references that slipped by most recaps of the album “ mostly because that was precisely what they were designed to do.

Upon a first listen, the first verse of “Better Than Words” sounds like pretty standard fare for a One Direction song: a just-generic-enough description of crazy, undeniable love that sweeps you up in its whirlwind of affection and excitement.

Better than words
But more than a feeling
Crazy in love
Dancing on the ceiling

But, if you haven’t noticed it already, each line is also a song in its own right. The second line. The third line. And, you guessed it. These aren’t just lyrics in a One Direction song, they’re built-in references to seminal pop hits. And they’re placed directly next to the title of the One Direction song, itself the very first line of the song.
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Lorde, The Beatles, Lady Gaga Contribute To Philippines Relief Album

What do The Beatles, Lorde, Cher, and Lady Gaga all have in common? No, this isn’t a bad joke. In fact, it’s pretty cool. The iconic superstars will be just some of the mega-acts contributing to a new relief album for Typhoon Haiyan. Coming in at a whopping 39 tracks, Songs for the Philippines is available on iTunes, with all proceeds being donated to the Philippine Red Cross. View the track list below and donate here. (more…)

New Trailer For 'One Direction: This Is Us' Surfaces Online

This August, documentarian Morgan Spurlock is going to share a part of the world with people very few ever experience: Inside the life of the world’s most popular boy band.

One Direction: This Is Us, which some of you might remember as 1D3D, is arriving in theaters this August. The film follows the lives of One Direction on and off the stage amidst their most hectic year to date. It’s the kind of film fans will flock to, but after seeing the new trailer it’s clear there will be plenty for everyone else as well. Click below to enjoy the trailer. (more…)

One Direction Unveil 3D Film Title

We have been talking about the reign of One Direction a lot in recent weeks, and to be honest it seems there may be no end in sight. Not only are the boys currently working on their third album in two years, but they also have a new 3D film heading to theater that is sure to take fandom to an all new level.

This morning, the gents from One Direction played a Twitter reveal game with fans to have them unlock the title to the group’s upcoming film. After a few quick hours (and a handful of trending topics), it was revealed that the flick we know as 1D3D will now be called This Is Us. It’s a fitting title, I suppose, but definitely not one that pops. You can view the trailer for This Is Us below. (more…)

One Direction Cover "One Way Or Another;" Release Music Video

It was less than a day ago that we posted about One Direction‘s unstoppable promotional train, and here we are again with yet another new development.

Last night, the boys from One Direction released a music video for their cover of Blondie’s “One Way Or Another.” The track was recorded as part of a charitable effort with Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, which raises money and awareness for causes around the world, and the video features behind-the-scenes footage of the globe-trotting group. You can view the footage below: (more…)

One Direction Reportedly Working On New Music

Being a boy band must be tough these days. Not only do you need to sing and dance at the same time while thousands of girls scream your name, but you also have to find new ways to stay relevant in a time where nothing seems to stay popular for longer than a few weeks (if that).

Of all those attempting to win that war of trending topics, no group of clean-cut gents did it better in 2012 than One Direction. They toured the world, spent time interacting with fans every chance they could, and along the way found time to record and release two full length albums (not to mention filming their forthcoming 3D movie). Now it seems the boys in 1D are at it again, as Take Me Home producer Julian Bunetta has told MTV he was back in the studio with the group within the last month. (more…)

Black Veil Brides Featured On 'Now That's What I Call Music 45'

Everyone’s favorite radio friendly compilation is back, and in a surprising twist of events the makers of Now That’s What I Call Music have featured Black Veil Brides‘ “In The End” on their 45th installment. Appearing as a “Now What’s Next” bonus track, Black Veil Brides finds a home among other bonus artists, Born Cages, Walk The Moon, and Capital Cities.

Although it’s a shocker to see the band included on a track list that also features acts like Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, One Direction, and Ne-Yo, it’s refreshing to see Now That’s What I Call Music delving a bit more into the unknown. At least, the unknown of many regular Now listeners.

Check out the full track list after the jump, and keep an eye out for our upcoming interview with Black Veil Brides by following us on Twitter!

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8 Do's and Don'ts Of Making Your First Video

So you’ve spent hours in the studio tracking your epic debut concept double album. Now what? If you’re thinking of making your first music video as the next step in your career, don’t get all flustered yet. You don’t have to be OK Go to make an awesome budget-friendly video but you do need some good ideas, a healthy amount of pre-planning, and some serious dedication. With that in mind, here are a few things to strive for and to avoid when shooting your first silver screen masterpiece.

Do: Stage a live performance

The live performance video is a classic for a reason. It’s simple, easy to set up, and doesn’t require your awkward bassist to pretend that he knows how to act. Perfect. Just remember to have adequate lighting “ even workman’s halogen lights will do “ and a tripod so that you can capture at least one full steady take of the band in addition to your cameraman’s love of zoom-in close-ups. Just remember to synchronize your playing with what’s actually happening in the song. You don’t want to look like this:

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