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One Direction Announces 2015 Tour

One DirectionOne Direction have announced a new tour for 2015.

The "You & I" heartthrobs - who are currently on their Where We Are stadium world tour - are set to visit South Africa and the United Arab Emirates for the first time next year as part of their On the Road Again tour. The jaunt marks the group's second stadium tour and will kick off in Australia in February 2015 for their first shows in the country in two years.

The boys - Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson - will perform in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, before jetting off to Asia at the end of February for gigs in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. March will see the "Best Song Ever" hitmakers visit South Africa for the first time to perform two gigs at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium, followed by a concert at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town. On April 4, 2015, the boy band will head to Dubai for their first gig in the country.

The busy stars recently kicked off their third world tour in South America and are due to begin the UK and Ireland leg this week. The latest tour will travel across Europe and North America over the summer, culminating in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 1.


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One Direction Film Secret Music Video

One DirectionOne Direction have been filming a secret music video.

The "Midnight Memories" hitmakers - Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson - were spotted filming on Clevedon Pier in Somerset yesterday as they braved the cold. According to The Sun newspaper, the boys were seen sipping hot drinks and holding hot water bottles as they tried to warm up.

An area of the pier was closed off as the band started working on the promo, which is thought to be for their upcoming new single. After fans heard the band were in town, many started to line up next to the pier, with one girl canceling her driving test to try and catch a glimpse of the boys.

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One Direction Working on New Album

One DirectionOne Direction have no plans to split up, and are writing new music.

The "Story of My Life" hitmakers - who released their latest album Midnight Memories late last year - have already started work on their fourth record and Liam Payne has insisted they won't be breaking up for a very long time.

"We have been writing away for the next album and rehearsals are just about to start soon for the tour. We're not splitting up. We're on WhatsApp messaging each other all the time, talking about song ideas and just funny stuff from our day. It's been a while since we have all been together so we are enjoying being back in each other's company," he said.

His band mate Harry Styles also claimed the group - completed by Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan - don't intend to call it quits, even if their career keeps them away from home for a long time. "We're not breaking up. We've spent every day together for months and forgot what my mum looked like. It's just holidays," he added.


Lars Ulrich Won’t Let His Kids Listen to One Direction

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Lars UlrichLars Ulrich won't let his children listen to One Direction.

The Metallica drummer - who is also one of the founders of the band - made his kids Miles, 15, Layne, 12, and Bryce, seven, listen to heavy rock when they were little so they don't grow up listening to pop music.

"I raised them on stuff like AC/DC, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, from when they were really small. I got them on to it really early, when they were about two. So that's what they are used to, although they like Rihanna, the Foo Fighters and the Arctic Monkeys. I'm cool with it when they want it on the car stereo," he said.

Meanwhile, Lars believes he gets on better with bandmates James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo - who were on the brink of breaking up in 2004 - now because they have other priorities. "We've been together 32 years. There have been a lot of ups and downs. We're getting on great now. Metallica is not the main thing in our lives. We've all got a lot more now, like kids. I've got three! It's actually fun to go on tour -- it's like taking a vacation with your best mates. Being at home with the kids, that's hard work. Taking them on the school run, that's hard work," he explained.


Cliff Richard: Young Pop Stars Need More Support

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Cliff RichardCliff Richard doesn't think young artists are getting enough support in the music industry.

The 73-year-old singer believes pop stars coming onto the market in their teens and early twenties should be given more help to maintain their success, instead of being dropped by record companies when they fail to achieve a number one: "I don't think the new groups and young singers have the same support system. Today you can have a number one, [but] if your next record's not number one sometimes they won't re-sign. It's because they don't have the same faith in the artists that my producer and manager, Norrie Paramour and Peter Gormley, had."

However, the "Living Doll" hitmaker, who has recently released his 100th album, has praised the emerging new talent and believes even people who don't achieve success from shows such as The X Factor are still going on to achieve global success. "When you think about it, even the losers on The X Factor are good. I mean, they're really good singers these days. When you think of One Direction, five of them, they all lost. None of them won The X Factor and they're the biggest boyband in the world at the moment," he explained.


Simon Cowell: One Direction Will “Probably” Split Up Eventually

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Simon Cowell with members of One DirectionSimon Cowell thinks One Direction will probably break up "eventually."

The boy band were put together on the media mogul's talent show The X Factor in 2010, and he has suggested while they are "really enjoying" being a group, he wouldn't be too surprised if the five members - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne - wanted to go solo in the future.

"Eventually they probably will split up and maybe want to have their own careers. The choice is theirs, we've got the opportunity to do both. But from what I hear, they're really enjoying what they're doing. We don't feel there's anything wrong. They're getting more time off, I hope they stay a band for a long time," he told Billboard.

Fans will be hoping the "Story of My Life" hitmakers don't decide to go their separate ways - and Harry has previously claimed they want to keep singing together "for a long time." He recently said, "I think we're just so busy at the moment that there's no way we would have time anyway, but I think we just have so much fun, doing this and we want to all be doing this for a long time. So I just think we'll keep working hard and having fun and see what happens."


One Direction Annoyed by Album Leak

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One DirectionOne Direction is "annoyed" that their album Midnight Memories has leaked online.

The boy band's third studio album is set for release on November 25, but tracks emerged on the internet yesterday, and they are concerned it will affect record sales.

"It is annoying because there's this big build-up and it affects sales. We really want a number one, so we're just kind of hoping for the best now. Hopefully people go out and buy it," Liam Payne said.

Louis Tomlinson is also frustrated and would rather people wait until the official release. "It's just frustrating when you work so hard on an album and you kind of want everyone to hear it at the same time. Some select fans won't listen to it until it's out, which is great. But there are others who obviously can't help themselves," he added.

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Justin Timberlake to Perform at American Music Awards

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Justin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake will perform at the American Music Awards 2013.

The 32-year-old star will take to the stage on November 24 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles where he will perform for the first time as a solo artist - after last performing at the event with his band 'N Sync in 2000.

Other music legends who will entertain crowds on the night include Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and One Direction.

The ceremony will be hosted by 32-year-old Pitbull who is also set to perform his new single "Timber" with 26-year-old Ke$ha.

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Eminem Wins Big at MTV EMAs as Miley Cyrus Causes Controversy

Miley CyrusEminem was among the big winners at the MTV Europe Music Awards last night, while Miley Cyrus caused controversy yet again.

The 41-year-old rapper won the Best Hip Hop and Global Icon prizes at the ceremony at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam - making him the artist with the most EMAs ever - and he celebrated his victory with a surprise performance of "Bezerk" before a scintillating rendition of "Rap God."

Miley ensured she remained in the spotlight by sparking up what appeared to be a joint on-stage and then smoking it with Will Ferrell, who was at the awards as his Anchorman alter-ego Ron Burgundy, before accepting her Best Video prize for "Wrecking Ball." The blonde star told the crowd, "I couldn't fit this award in my bag but I did find this..."

One Direction also won two accolades, Best Pop and Best UK & Ireland Act, and the band's 19-year-old hunk Harry Styles was named Best Look - beating the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Rita Ora to the gong - however none of the boy band were at the ceremony to pick up their prizes.

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Lady Gaga to Perform at American Music Awards

Lady GagaLady Gaga will perform at the American Music Awards next month.

The "Applause" singer will join Miley Cyrus in the line-up of stars who will take to the stage at the ceremony held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on November 24. The announcement follows reports that One Direction are set to make their on-stage debut at the annual awards, and it's highly likely the boys - Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan - will perform their new single "Story of My Life," taken from their third album Midnight Memories, which is due for release a day later.

"Thrift Shop" hitmakers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are also confirmed to perform at the AMAs after previously leading the nominations with six nods, including consideration for Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

Following closely behind is Justin Timberlake, who has been named in five categories, as has "I Knew You Were Trouble" singer Taylor Swift. Other highly anticipated performances on the night will include Kendrick Lamar, who made waves this year with breakthrough album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, and country star Luke Bryan.


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