X Factor UK Headlines for 03/25/12

One Direction makes history! Tulisa obtains gagging order from the High Court after ‘sex tape’ hits the internet! Tulisa reveals her debut solo single! BGT v. The Voice UK war begins!

One Direction Makes History With No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200
U.K. pop vocal group One Direction makes history on the Billboard 200 albums chart as the first U.K. group to bow at No. 1 with a debut album. “Up All Night” enters atop the list with 176,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Read more: Billboard

One Direction leads the way
In Natick, Mass., 5,000 fans mobbed a mall when the members of One Direction held an autograph signing there. In Nashville, dozens of girls chased the band’s car through the streets of Music Row. When the group performed live for the first time on American television last week, a New York crowd 10,000 strong prompted NBC’s Today show to employ security measures usually reserved for the likes of Lady Gaga or Bruce Springsteen.
Read more: USA Today

One Direction make history as first UK group to hit No.1 spot in the US album charts with debut
The Wanted became the most successful UK boy band in America earlier this month when their track Glad You Came entered into the US charts at number five.

But fellow British band One Direction have made history as the first UK group to debut at No.1 on the BillBoard chart with their album Up All Night.

The previous highest entry for a UK group’s first album was number six – when the Spice Girls entered the charts with their album Spice in 1997.
Read more: The Daily Mail

X Factor’s One Direction make chart history in the USA
One Direction have made history in the US.

America is usually one of the toughest places for UK artists to crack but the boy band have made it look easy.

Their album, Up All Night, has reached number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

It makes them the first British band to top the charts with their debut, something even The Beatles failed to manage.

The band have given Newsbeat behind the scenes access to their promotional tour in New York.
Read more: BBC

One Direction top US album charts
Former X Factor contestants One Direction have become the first British group to go straight to the top of the US music charts with their debut album.

The group shifted 176,000 copies of Up All Night, which only went to number two in the UK charts back in December.

The five-piece act were formed in 2010 by the X Factor judges after they failed to impress as solo artists.

Band member Harry Styles said reaching number one was a “dream come true” for the group.

“We simply cannot believe that we are number one in America. We want to thank each and every one of our fans in the US who bought our album and we would also like to thank the American public for being so supportive of us.”
Read more: BBC

One Direction make transatlantic pop history with US No 1 album
British boyband become first UK act to top American chart with their debut
The debut album by One Direction, the boyband put together on The X Factor, has struck a blow for Britain by entering the the US album chart at No 1 – displacing Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball. Up All Night sold 179,000 copies in a week after an intense promotional blitz that had some excitable commentators comparing it to the Beatles’ first visit to the States in 1964. Its sales made One Direction the first British pop band to go straight in at No 1 in America with their first LP.

“Whenever we talk to people from the label they don’t know what’s going on – everyone’s just overwhelmed by the reaction,” the five-piece band’s chief heartthrob, Harry Styles, told the Guardian. “We’re just loving it.” He described his band’s achievement as “incredibly humbling”.

His bandmate Zayn Malik played down the Beatles comparisons: “It seems ridiculous for that sort of thing to apply to you – you laugh about it, someone comparing you to such a huge phenomenon.”
Read more: The Guardian

Hanging out’ with One Direction in the US
When One Direction finished third in the 2010 series of the X Factor TV show, they could not have predicted that they would become the first British group to go straight to number one in the US charts with their first album.

I had never heard of One Direction – five guys aged 17 to 20, from the UK and Ireland, who had known each other for less than two years after being put together on The X Factor. But now I have spent three long days with them in fancy New York hotels, as well as in black vans with tinted windows, radio-studio green rooms and a few dingy basements inside suburban shopping malls.

When we arrive outside a downtown studio, there is a long line of teenage girls whipping themselves into a frenzy, despite the cold.

Many have bunked off school for the day to spend 20 minutes in the proximity of Liam, Zayn, Niall, Louis and Harry.
Read more: BBC

‘Call me, maybe?’ Harry Styles uses massive bikini-clad Kim Kardashian poster to beg for star’s number
His bandmate has already invited Khloe Kardashian to one of their gigs.

Now Harry Styles is pursuing her more-famous sister Kim.

The 18-year-old made a shameless attempt to get the reality star’s attention by turning up to a radio interview in the U.S. holding a massive posted of her in a bikini.
Read more: The Daily Mail

One Direction’s US jaunt provokes war with the Wanted

The US success of former X Factor darlings One Direction has clearly riled at least one of their pop rivals
These days, we prefer all our wars to take place on foreign soil. It saves on cleanup and means we can get on with our daily lives in peace. Thus news that the Wanted and One Direction were slugging it out for chart supremacy in the US felt entirely apt. The Great Satan probably deserved to host a conflict, just on the Buggins’ turn principle, and we could enjoy the sanitised footage back home without experiencing the visceral horror and wondering why such young men were caught up in it all.

Alas, all is apparently not as it seemed. Admittedly, one of the Wanted was quoted in People magazine saying: “If you look at One Direction’s chart position and then look at ours, they’re not really even our rivals. We laugh and say that their fans are our fans’ younger sisters.” But the same Wanted – or is it Wantee? – has since fired off anguished tweets denying any friction. “When someone takes your words and twists them,” ran one, “its like a knife in the back #whathappenedtothe goodguys?!”
Read more: The Guardian

‘HUGE news!’ Caroline Flack leads the congratulations as One Direction make history as first UK group to top US album charts with debut record
They ended their relationship earlier this year with an ‘amicable’ break-up.

And now Caroline Flack has shown she is still friends with ex Harry Styles, by congratulating him and band One Direction for making history by becoming the first UK group to top the US album charts with their debut album.

Caroline wrote on her Twitter page today: ‘Incredible news for One D!!!! HUGE news x’
Read more: The Daily Mail

Walsh claims credit for One Direction
Pop guru Louis Walsh has revealed that he is delighted with the success of One Direction in America, and claims that he is the real mastermind behind the band.
Read more: RTE

‘Remember who really mentored you!’ Cheryl Cole sends her congratulations to One Direction (and tries to take the credit!)
Simon Cowell has been glowing with pride this week over the news that his star signing One Direction have broken records by debuting at number one in the US charts with Up All Night.

But now his frenemy Cheryl Cole has muscled her way in on the moment, jokingly taking credit for the band’s success tonight on Twitter.

The singer and former X Factor judge belatedly sent her congratulations to the group on Twitter, and quipped: ‘Remember who really mentored you when @simoncowell wasn’t there LMAO!! #proudofyouboys.’
Read more: The Daily Mail

Love helps shape pop sensation One Direction
Manchester-based creative agency Love says it has played a part in the success of the boy band One Direction.

The group was formed during the 2010 series of the X-Factor and only came third, but has gone on to sell four million records and hit the big time in the US, taking the No.1 spot in the album charts.

How-Do understands America has not witnessed such hysteria since The Beatles landed in 1964.

The group is managed by Simon Cowell’s company Syco which asked Love to draw up “brand guidelines” that would help the group to “translate globally” while remaining “distinct and unique”.
Read more: How-Do.co.uk

One Direction to have 20 bodyguards EACH for their Dallas performance… and it only lasts 45 minutes
They’re arguably the biggest boyband at the moment, so they fans are obviously bound to be hyped up.

But One Direction’s management could be being a little over-protective on their U.S. tour.

The boys will reportedly have 20 bodyguards each during their stay in Dallas.
Read more: The Daily Mail

‘Everyone had an opinion on me and Harry… I’ve learned a difficult lesson’. Caroline Flack breaks her silence on break-up
She hasn’t addressed the controversial romance since they broke up in January.

But two months on, Caroline Flack has broken her silence on her three-month-fling with Harry Styles.

The 32-year-old said she couldn’t believe the fascination with their relationship and that in the future she would try and keep her private life from the public eye.
Read more: The Daily Mail

No food or training but Jedward’s energy takes them all the way to the end of the Los Angeles marathon
They’re always full of energy which is often wasted on their silly antics.

But today Jedward put their hyperactivity to good use when they completed the Los Angeles marathon.

The duo claimed to have had no training and virtually no sleep before the race, and even claimed they hadn’t eaten prior to the race.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Alexandra Burke comforts new boyfriend Jermain Defoe over breakfast after witnessing Muamba collapse
They’re only a few weeks into their new romance, but Alexandra Burke proved quite the support to new boyfriend Jermain Defoe in his time of need.

The new couple enjoyed breakfast together on Sunday morning, just hours after the Tottenham Hotspurs player witnessed his friend Fabrice Muamba fighting for his life on the pitch.

Dressed down in tracksuits, Defoe, 29, and Burke, 23, entered a cafe near his North London home separately, despite having arrived in the same vehicle.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Flex those muscles! JLS’ Marvin and JB show off their stamina as they pose at the gym picking Aston up to promote new Sport Relief single
They’re used to flexing their muscles on stage as they wow their fans with their energetic dance routines.

But now JLS have upped their stamina for a new photo shoot to promote their Sport Relief single, Proud.

The boy band have posed for a humorous picture, showing JB and Marvin proudly lifting smaller singer Aston up with their impressive muscles.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Look, no hands! JLS prove they can play a game of Quidditch as they take a tour of The Making Of Harry Potter
They may be one of Britain’s biggest boybands but yesterday JLS proved they’re big kids a heart.

The foursome took a tour of The Making Of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. studio in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, yesterday.

Oritsé Williams, Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold and Jonathan ‘JB’ Gill are clearly huge fans of the successful films and made the most of their visit before the attraction opens to the public on the last day of this month.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Tulisa obtains gagging order from the High Court after ‘sex tape’ hits the internet
A sex tape alleged to feature X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been banned from the internet after her lawyers obtained an injunction.

Lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic took swift action after the lewd video was uploaded on a website on Monday.

The injunction prohibits anyone from using, publishing or communicating or disclosing to any other person… all or any part of the film.

Furthermore, her representative Simon Jones told the MailOnline: ‘Tulisa has asked us not to comment on speculation about her personal life.’

The ‘tape’ first appeared on a website available to download for £3.90 on Monday morning and caused a social media frenzy.

The six minute film, taken from a camera phone, shows a blonde performing a sex act.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Simon says Tulisa hasn’t lost her X Factor job over sex tape… but there could be more to come as her ex looks set to unveil more intimate footage

  • Simon brands Tulisa Contostavlos’ ex-boyfriend MC Ultra a ‘scumbag’ over ‘disgusting’ sex tape leak
  • Cowell jokes he is going to rush to watch the candid video himself
  • Reports claim Tulisa’s ex is set to unveil more intimate details despite him insisting he didn’t release the tape

Read more: The Daily Mail

Tulisa ‘plans to sue ex-lover for £100,000’ over leaked sex tape as her stepmother claims she has ‘no respect for herself’
Earlier this week she broke her silence over a leaked sex tape in which she stars but it seems Tulisa Contostavlos isn’t finished dealing with it just yet.

The 23-year-old singer is reportedly looking to sue wannabe rap star, Justin Edwards for sharing the footage despite him claiming it wasn’t him who leaked it.

According to The Sun, the N-Dubz star has called in her lawyers to seek damages for up to £100,000.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Tulisa faces backlash from fans as she releases suggestive video for We Are Young… just days after ‘sex tape’ leak
In showbusiness there are two sayings often repeated, there is no such thing as negative publicity and timing is everything.

Just days after an explicit sex tape was leaked online and 24 hours after Tulisa took a vicious swipe at her ex MC Ultra for betraying her over their ‘intimate moment’, the singer has released her debut single Young.

Along with the catchy lyrics, including ‘forgive me for what I have done’, the song comes with a rather suggestive video, showing the singer licking up ice cream with her tongue.

Perhaps unsurprisingly her fans have taken to Twitter, accusing the 23-year-old of orchestrating an elaborate stunt to grab their attention.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Gay Times Cover Story: Matt Cardle
‘On my way to a photoshoot, this should be interesting,’ Tweets a nervous Matt Cardle en route to meet GT for the first time.
What on earth could be bothering the most laid-back man in pop? After all, this is the man who survived the cutting comments of Simon Cowell in 2010’s X Factor; who saw his debut album go platinum and all but dry-humped Rihanna on stage in front of 20 million viewers.
Read more: Gay Times

‘I said I’d sign them without the fat one’: Simon Cowell admits that he turned down Take That because of Gary Barlow
His entertainment empire has been built on his much vaunted talent-spotting ability.

However, it appears even pop Svengali Simon Cowell can make the occasional mistake.

The music mogul has revealed that, as a young record company talent scout, he declined to sign Take That – who have gone on to be one of our most successful ever pop acts – because he thought lead singer Gary Barlow was too overweight.
Read more: The Daily Mail

What have you got up your sleeve, Simon? Cowell says he may scrap X Factor and already has a replacement lined up
Simon Cowell has revealed that he is considering axing the X Factor if the new series is unsuccessful and that he’s already conceived a show to replace it.

After last year’s series failed to live up to the success of previous years, the music mogul has been considering scrapping it.

The 52-year-old fears that the show could have run its course after being broadcast on the airwaves for 10 years.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Simon’s got new talent! Outrageous. Feisty. And totally unpredictable. Cowell and his most daring judging panel ever reveal all
In their only interview together, the BGT judges reveal what happened when Amanda and Alesha turned up in the same dress, why David can’t stop misbehaving, how The Voice has got Simon rattled and that they all agree on one thing.
Read more: The Daily Mail

‘Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse’: Simon Cowell ends up eating his words after being blown away by ‘male SuBo’
As he walks on stage, his very appearance prompts Simon Cowell to mutter ‘just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse.’

But following in the footsteps of Susan Boyle, Jonathan Antoine will tonight become the latest Britain’s Got Talent sensation.

Shy and overweight, with a halo of frizzy brown hair, the 17-year-old from Loughton in Essex would at first seem to be an unlikely star.
Read more: The Daily Mail

‘Tom Jones could be spinning in his grave next week’: The rivalry between BGT and The Voice turns sinister as the judges’ claws come out
Rival TV contests Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice will go head-to-head this evening so no wonder the judges’ claws are starting to come out.

But the rivalry between the shows has now taken a sinister twist as their comments have become more serious and cutting.

And it’s BGT’s Amanda Holden who has shocked with her remarks when she was asked why viewers should tune into her ITV1 show instead of the BBC’s new offering, taking a jibe at The Voice’s mentor Sir Tom Jones.
Read more: The Daily Mail

‘He must be comparing us with Opportunity Knocks’: Simon Cowell makes a dig at Tom Jones’ age as singer claims he was offered BGT job
As Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice UK prepare to kick off their ratings war tomorrow night, it’s safe to say that the rivalry is reaching fever pitch.

In the latest spat between the shows, Tom Jones has claimed that he was offered jobs on The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, prompting a quick rebuttal from Simon Cowell.

Making a cutting reference to the singer’s age, Simon said: ‘I think he must be comparing us with opportunity knocks.’
Read more: The Daily Mail

‘Not committed’: The Voice mentor will.i.am slams Simon Cowell saying he is too quick to dump his contestants
Their reality shows will go head-to-head this evening so it’s no wonder Simon Cowell and will.i.am have got the boxing gloves on.

The famous stars have both had their say when it comes to The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent taking each other on in a ratings war and it certainly got ugly.

The spat was apparently fueled after music mogul Cowell told viewers ‘not to bother’ watching the BBC’s new show.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Britain’s talent grows up: As BGT returns, how the young runners-up became winners
Britain’s Got Talent returns tomorrow with Simon Cowell and his new judging line-up of Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden.

Many of the contestants who make it through to the finals dream of a life in the spotlight and making millions.

But while the ITV show opens doors for superstars like Susan Boyle and Diversity, many of the also-rans have also found surprising success after their 15 minutes of fame.

Here, Dan Wootton tracks down some of the former favourites from the show and discovers how their lives have changed…
Read more: The Daily Mail

‘I actually like your gold shower cap!’ Singer who performs Evanescence in four giant wings is surprise hit on Britain’s Got Talent
Britain’s Got Talent kicked off once more tonight, offering the usual selection of weird, wonderful, and often terrible performances from the thousands of hopefuls taking a shot at the £500,000 prize.

And it’s safe to say that though he might not have been the most vocally gifted hopeful on the show tonight, one contestant in particular left the judges stunned.

Dennis Egal, a 43- year-old window dresser from Germany- astonished the panel and audience with his extremely unorthodox performance of Evanescence’s Wake Me Up Inside.

Despite having buzzed ‘no’ seconds into his performance, Simon Cowell said: ‘This is totally bonkers, but another side of me says because I’ve never seen this before and I’m kind of intrigued by you, I’m going to say yes.’
Read more: The Daily Mail

New exploitation fears over BGT singing sensation who says: Don’t call me SuBoy
Jonathan Antoine, 17, had nervous breakdown three months before his audition due to bullying over his weight.
Read more: The Daily Mail

David Walliams’ Got Talent! Comedian looks likely to outshine new ‘best mate’ Simon Cowell as his quick wit dominates the panel
They’ve made much of their new ‘bromance’, and a joint appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show confirmed that Simon Cowell and David Walliams really do get on like a house on fire.

But if the first glimpse of the pair in action behind the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel is anything to go by, it looks as though Simon’s position as the leader of the pack might be under threat.

Irreverent and mischievous, Walliams’ contribution was such a hit that he may well take over the Syco mogul in the audience’s affections.
Read more: The Daily Mail

‘Now Jessie, I would snap up’: Simon Cowell admits he’d love to turn The Voice coach into an X Factor judge in the future
She may have only just made her debut as a coach on The Voice, but it seems Jessie J is already in the running to be a future X Factor judge.

Boss of the ITV1 show, Simon Cowell, has admitted that he would love to poach the 23-year-old for the reality series despite slamming The Voice this week.

According to the Sunday Mirror, Cowell thinks Jessie would be great on the judging panel and may even make a move to tempt her in the next few weeks.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Who needs The Voice of reason, when you can have Cowell’s razzmatazz
Lovers of coincidence might find it timely that ITV1 is launching its latest costume drama Titanic tonight. Because only last night ITV teamed up with Simon Cowell to plant an enormous iceberg in front of the BBC’s new multi-million-pound musical flagship, The Voice UK.

Like a well-fuelled gipsy wedding conga rampaging through a genteel tea dance, Britain’s Got Talent returned, hellbent on spoiling the party. And even if you don’t care for Cowell’s brash approach, at this early stage there seems little point in the BBC’s band playing on.

Yes, Britain’s Got Talent may once again have been over-scripted, over-edited, over-contrived, overly-pleased-with-itself teen-movie nonsense. And yes, the actual talent on display may have left a lot to be desired – especially that gladiator impersonator who really should have called himself Tedious Maximus.

But with memories of last year’s damp squib still fresh in the mind – I mean, can you even remember who won? – this first episode must go down as a refreshing lick of paint. Cowell, of course, had already won the pre-show publicity battle – although that wasn’t too difficult a task given the way 90 per cent of entertainment reporters buckle at the knees if he so much as looks at them across a crowded screening room.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Shaken Simon Cowell comes face-to-face with ‘over-zealous female fan who broke into his house and lay on his bed’
A 29-year-old woman has been charged following the incident at 10pm on Saturday night
The star was at home watching television at the time of the break-in
Read more: The Daily Mail

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Irish Charts
8 Jedward – Waterline
11 Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
12 Alexandra Burke – Elephant (feat. Erick Morillo)
16 Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight
28 JLS – Proud
38 One Direction – One Thing
39 Olly Murs – Oh My Goodness
45 Cher Lloyd – Want U Back (feat. Astro)
57 One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
62 Marcus Collins – Seven Nation Army
92 Chris Rene – Young Homie

11 Olly Murs – In Case You Didn’t Know
15 Mary Byrne – With Love
19 One Direction – Up All Night
24 Marcus Collins – Marcus Collins
53 Rebecca Ferguson – Heaven
59 Jedward – Victory
83 Kelly Clarkson – Stronger

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The Official Charts
1 Katy Perry – Part Of Me
6 JLS – Proud
12 Alexandra Burke – Elephant (feat. Erick Morillo)
22 Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
25 Marcus Collins – Seven Nation Army
33 Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight
48 Olly Murs – Oh My Goodness
57 One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
68 Cher Lloyd – Want U Back (feat. Astro)
69 One Direction – One Thing
72 Will Young – Losing Myself
91 Olly Murs – Heart Skips A Beat (feat. Rizzle Kicks)

1 Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
18 Marcus Collins – Marcus Collins
22 Olly Murs – In Case You Didn’t Know
24 One Direction – Up All Night
33 Will Young – Echoes
36 Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
37 Rebecca Ferguson – Heaven
51 JLS – Jukebox
66 Mary Byrne – With Love
76 Olly Murs – Olly Murs

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I recently graduated from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In my free time I like to read books, watch TV and listen to music. I'm also a huge cat lover. I cover X Factor UK for MJsBigBlog.com.