Love them or hate them, One Direction is a pop music phenomenon. The UK boy band — a product of the British television music competition The X Factor — has reached #1 in 32 countries with their album Take Me Home. They were also big winners at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Not showing any signs of slowing down, these chart-toppers are set to open their merchandise retail outlet in Vancouver, their first one in the Pacific Northwest!
Open for a limited time only, the store (located at 929 Granville Street) opens Saturday, December 8 at 9:00 am. Huge lineups are anticipated, much like the recent New York, Toronto and Australia launches. Don’t be surprised to see hundreds of ‘Directioners’ lined up in advance of the opening, singing “What Makes You Beautiful” and other One Direction tunes.
Photo: 1D WORLD Toronto opening.(Raffi Tutunjian)
Clipped from Grammy.com
Nominations for the 55th annual GRAMMY awards were announced tonight, and indie acts dominated the lists.
Critical fave Mumford & Sons and breakout artists Frank Ocean and Fun. lead the pack together with Kanye West, Jay-Z, and The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach with six nominations.
During her visit to BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, Pink tackled “Girl On Fire.” The result? An extraordinary, rock-infused cover that would make Alicia Keys proud.
Perhaps these two should go in a studio and record a song together?
I had full intentions of reviewing the Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack, but alas, I don’t have the time to do so. Having two jobs plus listening to many pop releases (Fall is always busy) mean I have to be more selective about my album reviews.
Anyway, I can tell you that unlike the movies where they’re lifted from, the Twilight OSTs tend to be good.
Alicia Keys, in a recent cover story interview with Complex magazine, reveals that she believes that Girl on Fire is her best album yet.
“It’s not a departure,” Keys tells the magazine. “It’s growth. I love the way that I’ve been able to go deeper into my lyrics and my songwriting and go to a place I was too afraid to access before.”
To some extent, this is a weird statement from the R&B superstar. This is Alicia Keys we’re talking about — a girl who already took home many Grammys because of her songwriting skills.
Listening to Girl on Fire, I can see why she thinks this is her best album. But I think she’s wrong.
Although a little too generic, “Scream & Shout” is an incredibly catchy tune. It doesn’t push any boundaries whatsoever, but I’ve heard worse songs from will.i.am.