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Live Review: One Direction with Jamie Lawson at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – 25th October 2015

 
By on Monday, 2nd November 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

The sound of young girls screaming filled Newcastle Metro Radio Arena Sunday, the 25th of October, as One Direction performed the first of three shows as part of the Newcastle leg of the “On the Road Again” tour.

Support on the night came from Jamie Lawson, a questionable and unexpected choice of warm-up act. Nevertheless, the 39-year-old who recently signed to Ed Sheeran’s record label Gingerbread Man Records, was well received by onlookers, as he sang original songs from his self-titled debut album. This included his top 10 hit ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ and an almost unrecognisable cover of his headline tourmates’ hit ‘More Than This’.

As Jamie Lawson left the stage, there was a sense of anxiety in the 11,000 capacity venue. It was at this point during the Belfast concert a mere 4 days before that the gig was cancelled due to Liam Payne falling ill. However, any feelings of anxiety were quickly replaced with excitement as Liam, along with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan burst onto the stage to perform ‘Clouds’, ‘Kiss You’ and ‘Fireproof’.

The audience, which was predominantly made up of preteen girls (otherwise known as “Directioners”) and their parents, sung along to every word, maintaining the energy and enthusiasm for ‘Girl Almighty’ and ‘Midnight Memories’. Even those who had unwillingly been dragged along were beginning to clap their hands and tap their feet. After an energetic start, One Direction, backed by a live band, slowed down the proceedings with ‘Better Than Words’, ‘Story of My Life’, ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, ‘Ready to Run’, ‘Don’t Forget Where You Belong’, ‘Night Changes’ and ‘Little Things’. Such tracks produced some shiver-down-your-spine moments as the words echoed around the Metro Radio Arena.

At regular intervals throughout the 2-hour-long set, the boys took some time out to address the fans: reading out their banners, engaging in conversations, poorly imitating the Geordie accent, and thanking them for their loyalty. “It may sound cliché, but we have the best fans in the world,” said Louis, much to the delight of the onlookers. As the end of the concert neared, the boys continued to rattle through the set list, which primarily consisted of hits from the boyband’s last two studio albums (‘Midnight Memories’ and ‘Four’), including ‘No Control’, ‘Little Black Dress’, ‘You & I’, ‘Through the Dark’, ’18’, ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’ and ‘Little White Lies’. This was followed by ‘Perfect’, the band’s second single as a four-piece, and the mature, pop-rock vibes of ‘Steal My Girl’.

After a short break, One Direction returned to the stage for the encore. ‘Act My Age’ brought out the boys’ Irish dancing, whilst ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ was a welcome reminder of why everyone fell in love with the band in the first place. ‘Drag Me Down’, the first single to be released in the post-Zayn era, brought the night to its conclusion, as Harry, Louis, Liam and Niall revelled in the thunderous applause, and deservedly so.

One Direction’s first night at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle marked 7 months to the day since the departure of Zayn Malik, who left the band to pursue a solo career. Despite the setback, the boys showed that they are stronger than ever, as they look set to enter their hiatus after the conclusion of their current tour on a high.

 

Can Zayn Malik replicate the success of these former boyband members?

 
By on Friday, 31st July 2015 at 11:00 am
 

In March 2015, the pop world came to a standstill when Zayn Malik announced that he was leaving One Direction to live the life of “a normal 22-year-old”. Since leaving the boyband, the 22-year old has spent time in the studio with Naughty Boy, though the collaboration appeared to fall through after Zayn called the producer “a fat joke” in a Twitter feud in July.

On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, Zayn took to Twitter again to announce he’s signed a solo record deal with RCA Records, whose other acts include the likes of Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake and Mark Ronson. He tweeted the following. Not quite the life of “a normal 22-year-old”, is it Zayn?

Nevertheless, Zayn Malik isn’t the first former boyband member to pursue a solo career, not by a long shot. Can he go on to replicate the success of these megastars?

Justin Timberlake

Having risen to fame as part of *NSYNC, Justin Timberlake made an instant impact on the charts with ‘Like I Love You’, ‘Cry Me A River’ and ‘Rock Your Body’ from his debut album, ‘Justified’. Three years later, Timberlake returned with ‘SexyBack’, giving the singer his first solo #1.

After a lengthy break from music (to pursue a number of acting roles and business ventures), he made his return in 2013 with ‘The 20/20 Experience’, which featured hits such as ‘Suit & Tie (ft. Jay-Z)’ and ‘Mirrors’.

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Robbie Williams

In July 1995, a matter of months before Take That were set to embark on a worldwide tour, Robbie Williams was given an ultimatum by his bandmates: adhere to the band’s responsibilities or leave. He chose the latter, and the rest (as we all know) is history.

Since then, Robbie Williams has gone on to top the Official UK Single Chart seven times, with hits such as ‘Candy’, ‘Somethin’ Stupid (ft. Nicole Kidman)’ and ‘Rock DJ’.

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Ronan Keating

Following a successful run in Boyzone, Ronan Keating bid farewell to the boyband to pursue his own solo career, which has had all the thrills of a rollercoaster ride. The Irish pop singer’s cover of ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ gave him a debut #1, with ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster’ equalling his success a year later.

Keating went on to release a string of hits, including ‘Lovin’ Each Day’, ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ and ‘I Love It When We Do’.

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Nick Jonas

After The Jonas Brothers rose to fame on the Disney Channel, it was only a matter of time before one of them achieved solo success. Joe Jonas looked to be the odds-on favourite when his collaboration with Demi Lovato, ‘This Is Me’, landed in the Official UK Top 40, although his attempts didn’t quite work out.

Nevertheless, Joe’s younger brother Nick kept the Jonas flag flying with ‘Jealous’, which was kept off the number one spot by Jess Glynne – ‘Hold My Hand’ in April 2015.

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Lionel Richie

Way back in 1968, Lionel Richie joined American soul group The Commodores as a singer and saxophonist. His knack for writing a ballad earned Lionel Richie songwriting commissions from other artists, which paved the way for his own solo career.

The singer went on to release phenomenal hits such as ‘Hello’, ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ and ‘All Night Long’, earning himself a spot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in June 2015.

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Other former boyband members that have embarked on a solo career include George Michael (Wham!) Nathan Sykes (The Wanted), Ashton Merrygold (JLS), Simon Webbe (Blue), Boy George (Culture Club) Brian McFadden (Westlife), Ricky Martin (Menudo), Morrisey (The Smiths), Phil Collins (Genesis), Gary Barlow (Take That), Michael Jackson (The Jackson 5) and many, many more.

 

Live Gig Video: The 1975 cover One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ in Radio1 Live Lounge

 
By on Thursday, 5th September 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Just when you though the Radio1 Live Lounge couldn’t get any weirder than Biffy Clyro going in there and covering Vampire Weekend’s ‘Diane Young’, The 1975 come round with this surprising gem that is slower and slowful. Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Your ears are not deceiving you. The Mancunian band is actually covering One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. Even more hilarious, frontman Matty Healy introduces the clip, looking a little confused and saying, “I don’t know where the rest of them are…” and pointing to a virtual sign. I’mn also wondering where those glasses went that are in the still on the YouTube video…

Read my review of the band’s self-titled debut album on Dirty Hit here; it was just released on Monday.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEVXmzHY1lU[/youtube]

 

The 2013 BRIT Awards – The Nominees

 
By on Friday, 11th January 2013 at 4:37 pm
 

Is there any point to the BRITs? Granted, it gives a certain demographic of London teenager the opportunity to sting Daddy for the eye-watering £70 ticket price, no doubt getting stuffed with half-term pizza and fructose syrup before spending three hours squealing loudly at microscopic effigies of their latest tabloid-endorsed musical crushes. But beyond that, does any vestige of musical credibility remain within the unhallowed, chart-obsessed recesses of the BRIT Award psyche?

A swift perusal of the nominations, released yesterday, would indicate: maybe, actually. The usual mega-selling suspects are there: Emeli Sandé, Mumford and Sons, Robbie Williams, Olly Murs. But look a little deeper and could there just be enough respect for the breakthrough, even the underground, so that beyond the face paint and lasers, there’s a bedrock of credibility?

Step forward Richard Hawley, the most unlikely of the entire nomination list, proving that the BRITs aren’t immune to a decent bit of ‘70s-throwback guitar action and heart-on-the-sleeve balladry from a bequiffed Yorkshireman. Plan B also deserves a shout for his unflinching portrayal of council estate life in ‘Ill Manors’, which still deserves to make more of an impact than it has.

Jessie Ware gathers two nods, a fine result for her this early in her career, single-handedly making 2011’s Critic’s Choice Award for her namesake Jessie J look ever more ridiculous. The more listeners turned on to her coolly urban soul, the better. Paloma Faith is also up for two gongs – British Female Solo is fair enough, but British Album of the Year for ‘Fall to Grace’, for a collection significantly worse than her début, is deeply suspect. British Group unoriginally throws up two previous Mercury Prize winners: unlikely media darlings alt-J, and minimalist electro-songsters the xx; Muse are nominated for the ninth (and tenth) time, with Mumford and One Direction predictably making up the numbers. A rum collection, if ever there was one, and despite the disparate yet singular talents of each, hardly a state-of-the-nation statement.

The British Single category is too depressing to analyse deeply. Suffice to say a more turgid collection of middle-of-the-road dross it’s difficult to conceive. Any list containing the execrable ‘Mama Do the Hump’ by Rizzle Kicks deserves to be encased in concrete and dropped into a very deep hole. Thankfully each of the British Breakthrough nominees have something to commend them, though surely Jake Bugg is the most extraordinary of the lot; his compellingly grizzled, world-weary, yet uplifting take on vintage blues in his debut album means he should have no problem in lifting the spotted statue next month.

Ironically, there’s far less to complain about the International (read: American) nominees. Perhaps it’s because we expect the USA to do bigness well, it’s difficult to complain about someone like Bruce Springsteen being nominated, although one wonders just how much pride of place a BRIT award would take on the dashboard of his pickup truck.

As always, it’s good to see producers, the guys behind the desk who really make the music, getting their opportunity to shine, although it seems somewhat unfair that Damon Albarn should be sharing their limelight – hasn’t he had enough of it by now? If the Albarn effect can be resisted, Paul Epworth should walk away with this one, although personally I prefer listening to his sister’s output to his. And what of Amy Winehouse and The Rolling Stones, both nominated, neither deservedly? Stop it, BRITs! Pick people who are more alive!

The 2013 BRITs take place on Wednesday the 20th of February at London’s O2 Arena. TGTF will be reporting, either from the event itself, or from somewhere else in London more interesting. Watch this space.

Who should win the British Brits, I reckon?

Male Solo: Richard Hawley
Female Solo: Jessie Ware
Breakthrough: Jake Bugg
Group: One Direction
Single: Alex Clare – ‘Too Close’
Album: Plan B – ‘Ill Manors’
Live: Coldplay
Producer: Paul Epworth

Full list of nominees after the jump.
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(Jubilee Guilty Pleasure!) Video of the Moment #820: One Direction

 
By on Sunday, 3rd June 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: do not adjust your screen. Yes, we’re airing some of our (and some of your!) favourite song guilty pleasures in video form this Jubilee weekend. The bands were featuring are largely not the kind we write about here on TGTF, but we wanted to do something new and cool over this 4-day weekend. Come along for the crazy ride and enjoy.

I decided to take a chance on listening to this One Direction song, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, because one of my Northwest Twitter friends adores them. (She’s the only reason I know one of them is called Harry Styles. That’s the extent of my knowledge of this band, sorry.) Yes, it’s a boyband. Yes, it’s five guys that were thrown together by The X Factor svengali Simon Cowell. Yes, they happen to be all very attractive to the teen set.

Forget that all for the moment and have a look at the first verse and the chorus (under the video embed). They’re cheesy, true, but with the simple words they manage something that most songs can’t. You know how there are so many songs where a man is saying how ‘fine’ a woman’s body parts are and how he wants to ‘git wit’ her? This is so refreshing because this song is saying “I like you the way you are”. They won’t win any songwriting awards, but gosh darn it, they’ve won thousands of points in my book by helping countless young girls with their self-esteem. With one song. It’s innocent and there’s nothing objectionable in this song either. If I was a parent, I wouldn’t mind one bit if my daughter was listening to this instead of Example.

It’s also as catchy as hell, and this summer you can bet I will be seen with the windows rolled down, pumping my fists to it. (The other pop song from a British boyband that has made it over to the American airwaves, the Wanted’s ‘Glad You Came’, is borderline sleazy. Why are you so glad she came? “Turn the lights out now” – please. You do know that preteen girls are listening to you, right?)

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First verse
You’re insecure
Don’t know what for
You’re turning heads when you walk through the door
Don’t need make up
To cover up
Being the way that you are is enough

Chorus
Baby you light up my world like nobody else
The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed
But when you smile at the ground it aint hard to tell
You don’t know (oh oh)
You don’t know you’re beautiful!
If only you saw what I can see
You’ll understand why I want you so desperately
Right now I’m looking at you and I can’t believe
You don’t know (oh oh)
You don’t know you’re beautiful!
(Oh oh)
You don’t know you’re beautiful!
(Oh oh)

 
 
 

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