X Factor UK Headlines for 01/15/17

Little Mix, James Arthur, ZAYN and One Direction score Brit Awards nominations.

Brit Awards nominations were announced yesterday. Little Mix are up for “British Artist Video”, “British Group”, and “British Single”. James Arthur is up for “British Artist Video” and “British Single”. ZAYN is up for “British Single” and “British Artist Video”. One Direction are up for “British Artist Video”. “British Artist Video” category is in the hands of the public. Voting started yesterday via Twitter and Directioners immediately activated their numbers to secure the annual Brit award for One Direction.

‘OLLY IS GUTTED’ X Factor star Olly Murs QUITS Brit Awards launch after he was snubbed by judges and did not get a single nomination
The singer previously told The Sun he felt he had put his heart and soul into his music last year
FUMING Olly Murs has pulled out of this weekend’s Brit Awards launch after he was snubbed by judges.

The singer was all set to perform at the bash but cancelled as soon as he heard he had not been nominated in any category.

A source said: “Olly is gutted. One of his main ambitions is to win a Brit and he really thought he had done enough to be nominated.

“As soon as Olly and his team found out he had no nominations they made the decision to pull out.”

Seething Olly, 32, had a hugely successful 12 months which saw his album 24 Hrs hit No1.

But a music insider said: “Changes in the Brits voting academy this year means the panel is much younger than normal. That has counted against him.”
Read more: The Sun

‘I was on the verge of a breakdown’ : Olly Murs’ mother reveals her heartache that son Ben has disowned the family over X Factor row
Olly Murs’ mother has revealed she was left with a broken heart and on the verge of a breakdown after a feud erupted between her two sons.

Vickylynn, 55, says that son Ben, Olly’s twin brother, has left her devastated by his decision to disown his family after the singer chose to continue on the X Factor rather than go to his wedding.

In an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine, she explained that shock of the rift made her so ill she thought she was on the ‘verge of a breakdown’.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘She lit the curtains on fire and he smashed a lamp’: Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift ‘trashed £2,500-a-night hotel’ for Fifty Shades Darker video
Over the weekend he was spotted shooting a music video for his new song I Don’t Want To Live Forever in London.

And on Monday it emerged that Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift reportedly trashed the £2,500-per-night room for the video.

According to a report in The Sun, the planned scenes saw the 23-year-old singer and the 27-year-old Bad Blood hitmaker set the curtains alight as well as smashing a lamp.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘It’s nice to feel you’ve got support!’ One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson praises former bandmate Zayn Malik as he wins two nominations at 2017 BRIT Awards
Zayn Malik put his differences with Louis Tomlinson aside, in order to support him after the tragic passing of his mother Johannah Deakin in December.

And Louis has now proved the long-standing rift between them is a thing of the past as he congratulated him on his two BRIT Award nominations during a recorded segment of The Brits Are Coming on Saturday night.

The singer, 25, was thrilled for his former One Direction band-mate as he enthused: ‘Zayn had an absolute smash with Pillowtalk!’
Read more: Daily Mail

Singer Rebecca Ferguson PULLS OUT of performance at Trump’s inauguration in feud over her decision to sing anti-lynching protest song
British singer Rebecca Ferguson has pulled out of Donald Trump’s inauguration after a row about her performing a famous protest song about lynching.

The Liverpool-born star wanted to perform Strange Fruit – a track which was written in the 1930s to protest at racism and particularly the lynching of black people and was most famously performed by the late Billie Holiday.

The haunting song contains the lyrics: ‘Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.’

It appears the President-elect or people on his transition team have decided it did not set the right tone for his inauguration.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘Only a lil’ difference but a big one’: Louisa Johnson reveals she’s more ‘comfortable’ with her figure in bikini-clad before and after Instagram post
She’s spoken before about her battle with low self-esteem.

And on Tuesday Louisa Johnson turned her focus to the issue of body confidence, as she shared a before and after post of her slender frame on Instagram.

Posing in a tiny black bikini for both the past and present shot, the 18-year-old pop star declared she ‘happy’ as she revealed a slightly fuller figure.
Read more: Daily Mail

X Factor’s Matt Terry reveals Freddy Parker is set leave their bachelor pad less than a month after moving in together
Their budding bromance on X Factor was a stepping stone before they took the plunge to move in together.

Now a month on, it’s reported that Matt Terry and Freddy Parker’s bachelor pad may be coming to a premature end just weeks after becoming roommates.

Speaking to The Sun at the launch of Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna on Thursday, Matt revealed his 18-year-old housemate is set to move back to his parents home in Bromley to focus on his music career.
Read more: Daily Mail

X Factor winner Matt Terry gets a kiss from a male pal as he enjoys a night out… after revealing Freddy Parker is moving out of their bachelor pad
He recently revealed that his friend and fellow X Factor star Freddy Parker is set to move out of their bachelor pad less than a month after they moved in together.

But show winner Matt Terry still seemed in good spirits as he headed to GAY in London on Saturday to watch 5 After Midnight perform.

Chatting with friends and fans outside the venue, the 23-year-old singer was all smiles as he snapped selfies and received a kiss from one of his friends.
Read more: Daily Mail

X Factor finalists ‘almost revealed their secret gay relationship to fans in Snapchat blunder’
Rumours first emerged of a secret romance back in December as the X Factor series 13 drew to a close.

And any notion of such a relationship existing being quashed at the time, the two finalists rumoured to be in a secret gay relationship nearly revealed their romance on Snapchat recently.

The Mirror Online reports that the two men are now planning to ‘scale down’ their use of social media after they nearly revealed all to their fans on the popular App.
Read more: Daily Mail

Little Mix have announced a series of summer UK ‘gigs’, which is nice
This is surely great news if you’ve already bought tickets for their tour at the end of the year

Jesy, Pauline, Sarah and Val, aka Little Mix, have announced a series of summer ‘gigs’ in various parts of the UK.

These are in addition to the arena tour they’ve already announced for the end of the year.

You can see the various dates below, as well as the accompanying hashtag, #SummerShoutOut2017…
Read more: Popjustice

‘We are so incredibly grateful!’ Jesy Nelson leads the celebrations as Little Mix make history with longest reigning girl-group number one album since the Spice Girls
Little Mix’s Glory Days has become the longest running number one girl group album of the millennium – a feat last achieved by the Spice Girls twenty years ago.

Jesy Nelson led the celebrations on Instagram as she shared a snapshot of the Official Charts for honouring them for spending an impressive five weeks at the top of the charts with their fourth studio album.

‘Oh wow oh flipping wow!! What is going on,’ the 25-year-old gushed about the impressive achievement.
Read more: Daily Mail

Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock flaunts her pert derriere and lithe frame in a tiny black bikini amid drama with her footballer beau’s ex-girlfriend
She’s been enjoying a break from the foul winter weather in sunnier climes.

And on Monday Leigh-Anne Pinnock couldn’t resist sharing one last photo from her beach break as she prepared to jet home to the UK.

Ignoring the furore surrounding the start of her realtionship with footballer Andre Gray, the popstrell, 25, took to her Instagram account to share a number of bikini-clad snaps.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘They have their love of music in common’: Perrie Edwards is ‘helping new boyfriend Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain launch a career as a DJ’
She seemingly confirmed her romance with the Arsenal player with a candid Instagram snap.

And Perrie Edwards is reportedly now helping her new boyfriend Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain realise his ambition of becoming a DJ.

The Little Mix singer, 23, is said to have offered to put Alex in touch with some of her music industry friends in a bid to help kick-start his dream.
Read more: Daily Mail

That’ll buy a few judges’ houses! X-Factor’s Simon Cowell rakes in £86m after selling a slice of his Syco music empire to Sony… and his friend Sir Shifty cashes in too
Simon Cowell has sold a stake in his entertainment empire for a staggering £86 million in a deal that means a windfall for his friend Sir Philip Green, it can be revealed.

The music mogul, 57, has signed a new deal giving Sony a share in Syco, which owns the rights to the hugely lucrative X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent brands, as well as a number of successful recording artists.

Sony paid £52.4m in cash in 2015 and will pay a further £33.4 by 2021, newly released accounts show.

It is understood Cowell has received an incredible £45 million from the initial payment. His friend and business associate, the shamed retail tycoon Sir Philip Green, has also received a cut as he was a 10 per shareholder in Syco Holdings, the firm set up to receive the investments.

Other documents show the two men also received lucrative dividend payments from Syco Holdings: Cowell, 57, was paid £1.5m while Sir Philip – under fire for his role in the collapse of BHS – received £68,049.
Read more: Daily Mail

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The Official Charts
1 Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
2 Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
5 Little Mix – Touch
10 Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On
13 James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
16 Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex
17 Zayn & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever
27 Louisa Johnson – So Good
41 Little Mix – Oops (feat. Charlie Puth)
83 Olly Murs – Years & Years
88 Fifth Harmony – That’s My Girl

1 Little Mix – Glory Days
9 Olly Murs – 24 HRS
21 James Arthur – Back From the Edge
47 Little Mix – Get Weird

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