1. One Direction Guides U.K. to Take 13% of Global Album Sales

    August 01, 2014 8:19 AM EDT U.K. artists have had the top-selling global album for six of the last seven years. One in every eight artist albums sold around the world in 2013 -- totaling 13% of the global market -- was by a U.K. act, according to a new report from British labels trade body the BPI. The popularity of…

  2. Kendrick Lamar-Inspired Short Film to Debut at Sundance's Next Fest

    July 31, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar is headed to Sundance, sorta. A new short film inspired by the acclaimed rapper's debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city , will debut at the Sundance Institute's first annual Next Fest at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Aug. 9. More Kendrick Watch: Childish Gambino…

  3. Brian Eno Addresses Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Passionate Letter on David Byrne’s Website

    July 30, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Brian Eno has shared his feelings about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a passionate letter that has been published on David Byrne’s website. “I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno,” Byrne wrote on his site. “I shared it with my office and we all felt a great…

  4. One Direction's Zayn Malik Barraged With Death Threats After '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Within just minutes of going online, a tweet by Zayn Malik managed to cause a storm of Middle East controversy for the One Direction singer Monday. Several weeks into Israel’s deadly military assault on Gaza, which has seen more than 1,000 Palestinians and 50 Israelis killed, Malik tweeted…

  5. Here's That (Fake!) Full-Frontal Nude Liam Payne Picture You Wanted

    July 28, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Good prank? While band buddy Zayn Malik was busy making headlines for tweeting support for Palestine , Liam Payne was indulging in simpler pleasures: Hanging out on a boat, tweeting out blurry photos where he pretended to be naked. "Damn that was my last pair!" he wrote next to the…

  6. One Direction's Zayn Malik Tweets Support for Palestine

    July 28, 2014 9:59 AM EDT This probably won't end well Teen girls tend to pick their favorite boy banders based on hair color or dance moves. Now, teens can choose their fantasy boyfriends based on their stance on the conflict in Gaza.  Sunday night, One Direction's Zayn Malik broke away from his typical…

  7. Britney Spears, PARTYNEXTDOOR & Naughty Boy: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 7

    July 18, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy…

  8. Justin Bieber & One Direction's Zayn Malik Boost Their Friends on Twitter Top Tracks Chart

    July 17, 2014 5:49 PM EDT Over on the Social 50 chart, Shakira leaps into the top 10 following her World Cup performance. Naughty Boy's "Home," featuring Sam Romans, debuts at No. 1 on the Twitter Top Tracks chart following a plug from One Direction's Zayn Malik, who tweeted a link to the track&…

  9. Rodriguez Label Chief: 'Our Dealings with Clarence Avant Were Always Positive'

    June 13, 2014 3:40 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, 38, is a true believer. The head of Light in the Attic, the reissue label he founded in 2003 with partner Joe Wright in Seattle, released Sixto Rodriguez’s two albums, his 1970 debut, Cold Fact, and the 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality, in August 2008 and May 2009, just about…

  10. Could One Direction Be Banned From the Philippines After Pot-Smoking Video?

    June 04, 2014 9:55 PM EDT The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines fears that the footage of Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson in Peru will poison the country's youth. One Direction may have lost a few fans following the recently-posted video of members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson allegedly smoking a…

  11. Simon Cowell Defends One Direction After Weed Smoking Video

    June 03, 2014 11:53 AM EDT “What I can say is that they’re the hardest-working boys I’ve ever worked with” Last week, a video   of One Direction's Zayn Malik smoking marijuana with bandmate Louis Tomlinson surfaced, sparking quite the outrage, and causing some fans to even burn their 1D tickets. But according…

  12. One Direction's Liam Payne Apologizes to Fans for Pot-Smoking Video

    May 31, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Following the leak of a video in which members of One Direction, on tour in Peru, can be seen smoking and talking about lighting joints, member Liam Payne has taken to Twitter, speaking out about the video's contents for the first time since the UK's Daily Mail posted the video on…

  13. One Direction Pot-Smoking Video 'In the Hands of Our Lawyers'

    May 28, 2014 3:26 PM EDT A representative for One Direction says the band's lawyers are dealing with a video showing two band members smoking what the singers referred to as an "illegal substance." British tabloid The Daily Mail posted the clip Tuesday of Zayn Malik smoking and speaking with…

  14. One Direction Smoking Joint Before Show in Leaked Video: Watch

    May 27, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Video emerged Tuesday showing One Direction members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking a rolled up “joint”, as they joke about drug use.  In the video, obtained by the UK’s Daily Mail , Tomlinson shoots the video and narrates along in the back of a SUV as the pop stars drive…

  15. Kanye West's 2014 Album: Everything We Know So Far

    May 22, 2014 2:13 PM EDT "Yeezy season approaching/ Fuck whatever y'all been hearing." Last year, Kanye West dropped his left-field, sixth studio album, "Yeezus" with little notice and minimal marketing. Since November, when West first shared his plans to release his seventh studio album…

  16. Gimme Five: Little Mix's Favorite Boy Bands (Video)

    May 15, 2014 5:34 PM EDT The British group members each list their all-time favorite boy bands. With their rock-solid harmonies, lock-step choreography and rhythmic sound, the U.K.'s Little Mix is one of the more promising girl groups to emerge in recent years. The quartet, which won the British "X Factor…

  17. Remembering Malik Bendjelloul, the Man Who Re-Birthed 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez

    May 14, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Rodriguez had a phrase for Malik Bendjelloul and his film "Searching for Sugar Man." He used it while we were eating lunch at SXSW in March 2012; he would use it again 11 months later over a meal in Los Angeles the day it would win one of its 32 awards. "It's his story,…

  18. Rodriguez's 'Shock' at Death of 'Sugar Man' Director: 'He Was a Very Talented Man'

    May 14, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Rodriguez paid the best possible, and unspoken, tribute he could to the late "Searching For Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjelloul on Tuesday night: He played a show. The singer-songwriter who became an international icon thanks to Bendjelloul's Academy Award-winning…

  19. 'Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Committed Suicide: Brother

    May 14, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The brother of Malik Bendjelloul has told a Swedish newspaper that the acclaimed filmmaker behind the documentary Searching for Sugar Man committed suicide. 'Searching for Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Dead at 36 Johar Bendjelloul told Swedish daily Aftonbladet on Wednesday…

  20. 'Searching for Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Dead at 36

    May 13, 2014 6:17 PM EDT UPDATE 5/14: The older brother of Malik Bendjelloul, Johar Bendjelloul, told Swedish daily Aftonbladet on Wednesday that his younger brother committed suicide. Malik Bendjelloul, the acclaimed Swedish film director behind the Oscar-winning music documentary "Searching for Sugar Man"…

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