X Factor UK Headlines for 11/23/12

One Direction top the charts, open merchandise store in NY, perform for the Queen, win Bambi Award in Germany, plan to release parfume in 2013, start twitter war with The Wanted.

British boyband One Direction makes U.S. music history as second album tops the Billboard chart
British boyband One Direction have made U.S. music history after topping the 200 Billboard charts with their second album.

The group – made up of Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson – sold 540,000 copies of Take Me Home in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It marks the first time a British band have seen their first two albums debut at the top of the American chart – after their first offering, Up All Night, secured the No. 1 position with 176,000 copies in March this year.
Read more: The Daily Mail

It was definitely a nice day! One Direction top Britain’s singles and album charts as Louis celebrates news in a happy T-shirt
Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones are arguably two of the biggest acts to come out of Britain.

But new kids on the block One Direction knocked these veteran rockers out of the park by not only topping the British singles chart, but also the album.

The former X Factor stars celebrated the news at BBC Radio 1’s studios, and Louis Tomlinson clearly wanted everyone to have just as nice a day as him… by wearing a shirt that said so.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Cracked the Big Apple! One Direction prove that they’ve hit the big time as they get their own pop-up store in New York
They’re one of the most talked about boybands on the planet.

But their meteoric rise to stardom is showing no signs of abating as One Direction continue on their path to world domination.

The British boyband, who were only formed two years ago, proved that they’ve broken the US after a pop-up store, dedicated entirely to the group, opened in New York on Tuesday.
Read more: The Daily Mail

The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012: Ben Affleck, One Direction and 50 Shades writer E.L. James make the ranks for Barbara Walters’ annual TV special
Ben Affleck, One Direction and 50 Shades of Grey writer E.L. James have been named among the Ten Most Fascinating People of 2012.

The Argo director, British boyband and literary sensation have made the ranks this year for Barbara Walters’ annual television special.

The veteran newswoman, who announced the list on The View on Monday, revealed Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas also made the cut.
Read more: The Daily Mail

How Cowell hijacked the Queen’s show: Media mogul’s acts accused of dominating line-up at Royal Variety Performance
Love him or hate him, Simon Cowell is a king among showbusiness promoters.

He takes few prisoners in his quest to dominate the world of entertainment, as the Royal Family was reminded this week.

The TV mogul was yesterday accused of hijacking Monday’s Royal Variety Performance centenary and turning it into an advert for his Britain’s Got Talent show.

The performance – before the Queen and Prince Philip at the Royal Albert Hall – featured a glut of artists signed to Cowell’s Syco Music label and large sections of the programme were dominated by BGT judges and acts.

As well as this year’s winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, space was given to the show’s other successes including Paul Potts, dance troupe Diversity and comedy duo Stavros Flatley.

Writing on Twitter, one observer noted: ‘The entire line up is in some way affiliated with Simon Cowell.’

The show itself – which attracts a global TV audience of 150million – was presented by BGT judge David Walliams.

He even invoked Cowell in a joke, cheekily comparing him to the monarch.

BGT judge Amanda Holden, 41, also presented a ‘tribute’ to the ITV talent show.

Other acts linked to Cowell included boy-band One Direction, who signed to Syco Records after finishing third in X Factor.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Never had you down as a Directioner, Ma’am! Queen is treated to a special show by One Direction at Royal Variety Performance
During her time on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II has seen many things – from the spectacular to the tragic.

But it’s unlikely she’s ever seen a boyband create quite as much a stir as One Direction.

At Monday’s Royal Variety Performance, she was treated to a special performance from the dreamy fivesome as they took to the stage in her honour.
Read more: The Daily Mail

One Direction 2012: Today is Louis Tomlinson & Liam Payne’s ‘deadly day’ – 1D hit Germany & The Bambi Awards!
Its the 22nd of November people, that means it’s ‘deadly day’ for One Direction.

Louis Tomlinson once admitted that he, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik allow themselves a day off from being serious and hard working and very, very professional and on the 22nd of each month they have carte blanche to act crazy, silly and a little bit weird.

He explained:

“We did originally make it that the 22nd of every month is just one day where it’s kind of more acceptable for us to be stupid and we just kind of run away from everyone really.”
Read more: The Unreality TV

One Direction 2012: 1D to launch a perfume for women next year that they hope will smell like their girlfriends!
The One Direction boys, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, are of course making a fortune – as are their management team and Simon Cowell’s record label Syco – from merchandise bearing their name…

That merchandise includes One Direction dolls, stationery, books and all manner of 1D endorsed goodies, but apparently, the lads are set to launch a perfume for women which is a fragrance that will represent what they’d like their girlfriends to smell of!

Entertainmentwise report that a One Direction source told MarkMeets, “The boys want their fans to wear a fragrance that they would want their girlfriends to wear.”
Read more: The Unreality TV

One Direction win another award… this time in Germany
ONE Direction have added another prize to their trophy cabinet after triumphing at the Bambi Awards in Germany.

The boyband were presented with the Pop International accolade at last night’s ceremony in Duesseldorf.

And the boys celebrated their win with a crowd-pleasing performance of their hit tune Live While We’re Young.

The group – Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan – dressed in dapper suits for the occasion, making quite an impression on the red carpet.

They looked equally smart on stage, though Niall opted for more casual attire in jeans and long-sleeved top.
Read more: The Sun

Where’s the frickin’ love, boys?
Move over Louis Tomlinson, there’s a new sasquatch in town – and he’s taking on The Wanted.

Yup, the rivalry between One Direction and The Wanted reached new levels today, after Zayn Malik embarked on a war of words with Max George on Twitter.

Now, we’re not entirely sure if this is all just ‘banter’ – or if the pair are actually glaring at their computer screens while sticking pins into little voodoo dolls of each other – but it’s STRESSING US THE FRICK OUT.

Can’t we just all have a big, naked, group hug together boys?

The twitter row/banter/whatever you want to call it seems to have been sparked by Zayn’s comment two days ago, when he called Max a ‘geek’ for cosying up to Usher.
Read more: Sugarscape

‘I’m having fun and enjoying myself’: Leona Lewis speaks out about Liam Payne and why she doesn’t care about their eight year age gap as she horses around in shoot
She’s been tight-lipped about her romance with One Direction singer Liam Payne.

But now Leona Lewis has opened up about the 19-year-old singer and admitted she’s ‘having fun’.

The 27-year-old X Factor winner told Look magazine that she doesn’t care about their eight year age gap.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Showing them how the Brits do it: Cher Lloyd receives a standing ovation for her performance on X Factor USA
She shot to fame on the UK version of The X Factor in 2010.

And Cher Lloyd made sure to show the American contestants how it’s done as she took to the stage on X Factor USA on Thursday night.

The 19-year-old pop starlet performed her new single, Oath, ahead of the voting being announced, and seemed to delight the audience with her energetic show.
Read more: The Daily Mail

‘The best early Christmas present we could ask for’: The Saturdays’ Rochelle and JLS Marvin Humes expecting their first child
The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes is pregnant with her first child.

The pop star, 23, and her JLS band member husband Marvin, 27, announced they were expecting in mid-2013 on their respective Twitter pages.

Their baby news comes just four months after they tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at Blenheim Palace.
Read more: The Daily Mail

‘Hearing my mother scream for her life will stay with me until the day I die’: X Factor’s Jahmene Douglas speaks out about his abusive father
He grew up paralysed by fear of his ‘evil’ father, and has been open about the horrific abuse he and his family had to endure throughout his childhood.

But Jahmene Douglas has now revealed the full torture the family suffered at the hands of his father, Eustace, admitting hearing his mother scream for her life will haunt him until the day he dies.

Supporting Cosmopolitan’s Real Man campaign with Women’s Aid, the 21-year-old X Factor star admitted his father – who has since been jailed – ruled the house with an ‘evil lockdown of control’.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Going to the dark side? Britain’s Got Talent stars Only Boys Aloud set to perform on X Factor live show
Some are from broken homes while others simply dropped out of school.

But together, the UK’s biggest boy band: Only Boys Aloud are quickly becoming national treasures.

After finishing third in Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year, the teenage singing sensations are set to take on the X Factor.

The 141- strong troupe will perform on the live show next month where they will sing their rendition of the festive classic: White Christmas.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Cowell’s new plan to keep X Factor a-live
SIMON COWELL plans to stop the rot on The X Factor by showing the weekly voting figures LIVE.

He hopes the move – which is a big hit with US viewers – will lure back fans, who have branded the show a “fix” after favourite Ella Henderson got the boot on Sunday.

An insider said: “If the viewers knew popular acts like Ella and James Arthur were pulling in low numbers of votes it would encourage them to pick up the phone.

“Revealing the voting numbers each week has really brought a new dynamic to the US show.

“Simon is looking to introduce it in the UK next year as part of a major shake-up.”

At the moment UK X Factor only publishes the voting placings after each series is finished.
Read more: The Sun

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