One Direction

Songwriters Wrote An Open Letter Asking For More Fairness

By Alyson Camus | April 2, 2021

‘The most successful songwriters in the world can’t pay their rent’

Why Is There Such Obsessive Fandom On The Internet?

By Alyson Camus | June 26, 2020

When did we get there?

Niall Horan At the Beacon Theatre, Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2017

it was a real treat for the fans and Niall is great company.

Is Everyone Really Comparing Harry Styles To David Bowie?

By Alyson Camus | April 11, 2017

’50 Years of British Rock History In One Song’

British Artists Account For One In Every Six Albums Sold, You Do The Math

By admin | May 20, 2016

Hugely encouraging

US Top 10 Albums 12-5-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 22, 2015

Eight of these albums are new to the top ten, most of them are lousy, and two of them are guesses because the almost surreally incompetent Billboard, forgot to mention the two repeats

UK Top 10 Albums: 11-20-15 – 11-26-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 20, 2015

One Direction are finally putting an end to the touring for awhile with one lst lbum to quick the girlies happy and Bieber is gearing up for a year of non-stop touring

US Top 10 Singles 11-7-15

By Iman Lababedi | October 26, 2015

This is so much better than the album charts it isn’t even funny. It is so strange after all these years all the fun is on the singles charts, despite movement being minimal week to week (the only new track is “Perfect”), still except for Shawn and Fetty there is nothing I actively dislike here. Congrats to 1D who seem able to override every obstacle in their way. Next week? All adele, all the time.

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed, 10-16-15 – 10-22-15

By Iman Lababedi | October 17, 2015

Perfect – One Direction – They look like the Beatles circa For Sale, a little worn out, and a little drugged out, but they sound about the same, trading off verses to bland out professions of love. The best song off the newbie to my mind, and the hook is clever enough, but when other people write your material it is difficult to grow up – B

One Direction: The View From A Former 17 Year Old Babysitter

By Margaret Mullen | August 11, 2015

“Whether a teenager is writing music, identifying with lyrical and musical themes, or dancing wildly at a live show, the cathartic experience provides a channel for expressing and dealing with a wide range of emotions. A shared love of music gives those in the group a common interest and a basis for friendship, which has many potential emotional benefits (Livestrong, 2013).

Dragged Up By One Direction At MetLife, 2015

By Kathryn Mullen | August 11, 2015

The stage was filled with lights, and the stands were filled with smiles!!!! All I did was scream and dance. When we left my legs were killing me, no wonder. Some of the designs on the stage were like doodles, and there were so many lights…it was an amazing balance of creativity and this might be a different point of view, calmness. i thought that some of their songs were calm. When we all started screaming that got them going.

US Top 10 Singles 8-22-15

By Iman Lababedi | August 10, 2015

Nothing here thrills me much, it feels like one of the worst summers in immediate memory for singles, albums are OK, as always all over the place but not a terrible year. Still, the singles have had too many weeks like this. Still, congrats to One Direction, who seem cpable of rebounding from anything that is thrown at them.

UK Top 10 Singles: 8-7-15 – 8-13-15

By Iman Lababedi | August 7, 2015

I really read this one wrong, I’ve had a pretty bad year reading the charts (I thought Demi would be the song of the summer) and I predicted 1D disaster last week and instead they have one of their biggest hits ever, I’d be surprised if it isn’t at the top of the US Charts next week. Plus the fans are as maniacal as ever (hits me as though Zayn was not a fan favorite).

One Direction At MetLife, Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 Review

By Iman Lababedi | August 6, 2015

If the Tao of 1D is indeed the fans, the fans were simply rapturous. The screams are still rinigng in my ears and the sight of young girls and their friends forging friendships that will last a life to songs that, well, probably won’t, is good enough a reason to applaud all concerned.

These Days: Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | August 5, 2015

Live: My good friend (and once upon a time rock nyc scribe) Marie Lynn regarding me going to see the boy band at Metlife in a couple of hours: “Somewhere in New York City, a little girl is crying her heart out because you took her ticket to One Direction

Singles Going Steady: New Song Releases 7-31 0 8-6-15

By Iman Lababedi | August 2, 2015

Drag Me Down – One Direction – I’d like to drag em down, what the hell is this? 1D should know better than to start album # 5 with this ordinary soul rock piece of product when we want is a nice piece of sugary power pop like “Steal My Girl”. I mean, this is not acceptable – C

How Far Have The Fab Four Fallen? One Direction Tour Available From Groupon

By Iman Lababedi | June 18, 2015

Wow, it now costs more to see an IMAX movie than 1D -they aren’t big enough for Stadiums any more. What happens next? The fifth album will tell the story but days when people were paying $500 to see them at Jones Beach appear to be over. I am glad I saw them at their height.

Stephen Hawking, Parallel Universes And One Direction

By Alyson Camus | April 28, 2015

‘It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe,’ he added. ‘And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction.’

Zayn Malik: Representative Of The Third World Leaves One Direction

By Iman Lababedi | March 31, 2015

“I feel like I’ve let the fans down but I can’t do this anymore. It is crazy and wild and a bit mad but, at the same time, I’ve never felt more in control in my life. And I feel like I’m doing what’s right – right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good.

Dr. Dre Made $20 A Second In 2014!

By Alyson Camus | January 14, 2015

Rappers are still going strong even those I haven’t heard anything from for a long time, like Diddy ($60 million and $1.90 per second)! Beside this you have Calvin Harris ($66 million and $2.09 per second), Jay Z ($60 million and $1.90 per second), and Drake ($33 million and $1.05 per second)

2014 Most Popular Tours

By Iman Lababedi | January 3, 2015

Country is hiding in the sidelines, four artists if you include the Eagles, nostalgia buffs rule, eight if you include the Eagles, younger poptarts with seven upstarts (no, don’t include the Eagles) are well attended. Plus two wobblers, Robbie Williams and Michael Buble, just to keep us wondering

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of December 22nd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2014

Everybody is on Christmas break except Ellen is working on the 22nd and Fallon is working on the 22nd and the 23rd and on the 23rd? The greatest boy band in the world joins Jimmy to bring in Christmas Eve, 2014.

US Top 10 Albums 12-6-14

By Iman Lababedi | November 27, 2014

Four is the fourth # 1 by 1D and the last by the old system where Billboard only used sales (Alyson Camus wrote about it here) and it could be worse: sold nearly 400K and a good album. Every 16500 streams equals one album as far as Billboard goes and you can do the math but it comes to $0.015 per stream, Spotify pays $0.06

Not With The Band: Women, Music And Menstrual Cycles!

By Alyson Camus | November 25, 2014

Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function, and we don’t know exactly why, but one thing is sure, it has a tremendous effect on women and girls,… we know that since Elvis Presley and Beatlemania, but was that always the case?

Medium Cool: The Week In Talk Show Guests 11-24-14

By Iman Lababedi | November 23, 2014

Ah, yes, Thanksgivings week, where all the turkeys take the week off and we end with a whole lotta leftovers so what do we want for the guest of the week? I am going with the “drug addict pimps” One Direction who have one very good new album to their name released last week

US Top 10 Albums 11-29-14

By Iman Lababedi | November 20, 2014

Now, Tay has reached 2 Million units moved she can await the topple next week when One Direction will take over the top place. In my 1D review earlier this week I claimed 300,000 units would be a hit for the band, it looks like it will be 400K. Plus, Harry is the subject matter of a certain song called “Styles”.

One Direction's "Four" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 18, 2014

The real question is, will it sell? Will it continue the world domination? It sure should, and if it hits 300K units in the States, consider it a hit. But if it doesn’t, I don’t know how One Direction can improve upon it or turn left or sideways or anything but force Styles to get a haircut.

Sneak Peaks: New Releases Week Of November 17th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | November 16, 2014

Hmmm, the new new McCartney tribute album looks major to my untrained ears, Savages are back and with a japanese acid punk band from the UK (giving the word “pardon” whole new vistas of meaning, a new Ariel Pink, a new Bryan Ferry which I’ve heard and I like, and Ariel Pink who has never done it for me but there is a first time for every thing, all possibilities. But I expect the new One Direction to be masterful, the songs I’ve heard have been great and anticipation is sky high

10 Songs: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | October 2, 2014

If “Fireproof” had the chance of being a fluke, this second song off the upcoming album Four, is a coming of age for the hottest pop band on earth. with every single modern hook imaginable, from handclaps to guitar licks, to voices raised on elongated choruses and another great tune to boot, this makes em two for two and a classic rock band for a different world – A

One Direction's "Fireproof" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 13, 2014

One Direction should have been and gone. A manufactured boy band who hit it big and should have disappeared just as fast but are releasing their fourth album this year and if “Fireproof” -their best song since “Kiss You” is anything to go by, are not going to disappear any time soon either.

One Direction At Metlife, Monday, August 4th, 2014, Reviewed

By Doreen Phelan Murphy | August 6, 2014

They don’t have a rehearsed set. In fact, I’m not even sure if they sang over tracks or sang live – but it doesn’t matter for those heart throbs. The girls love them. They are foolish on stage. They are silly boys with plain white t shirts, no plan and bad tattoos. But what matters is the music. The songs. The lyrics. The connection. The emotion

#SkinFor1D Trend On Twitter

By admin | May 30, 2014

Peruvian law states that possession of marijuana is not punishable if used for personal and immediate consumption in quantities not exceeding eight grams. It also may have soiled their squeaky-clean image, but that was bound to happen. They’re all in their early 20s and this is an absolutely justifiable case of “boys will be boys”.

One Direction "Where We Are" Tour Setlist 2014 (On Spotify As Well!)

By Iman Lababedi | April 27, 2014

I saw em at the magical 2012 Jingle Ball and then a year ago at the IZOD Center though I decided to give the Metlife gig this August a miss. If it had been a weekend I might have made it there but it isn’t worth that late at a night.

What Do Good Charlotte, Avicii, Madonna And 1D Have in Common? They All Suck

By Iman Lababedi | March 14, 2014

Between the four of them the only direction this is leading is all the way down to zero. And while pop punk is an OK direction for One Direction I guess, it is still a little irrelevant right? As for Madonna, It has been well over a decade since Madonna met William Orbit and actually created

Twitter and The Pop Star, Harry Styles' Strict Rules

By Helen Bach | February 28, 2014

Unlike Facebook, Twitter is much more spontaneous and you don’t have to be ‘friends’ with anyone to see what they’re saying. Hell all you need is the infamous ‘hashtag’ and you can pretty much bring up everything on any topic.

US Top 10 Singles 1-25-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 16, 2014

You are getting sleepy, sleepy, close your eyes and snap you’re asleep. The US Charts are as slow as molasses. It takes a miracle to get in but once you are in you are there for months. Like 12 – 14 weeks they mess around the top 10. Only the surprise(ish) appearance of Katy have kept me awae.

Top 10 UK Albums 1-4-14

By Jim Sullivan | December 30, 2013

Christmas albums past 12-26 are like fireworks Past November 5th (English reference folks, you can use July 4th if you like), useless, embarrassing, you kinda wonder how you got suck into the entire mess and you don’t wanna even think it till after Thanksgiving.

UK Top 10 Albums 12-28-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 23, 2013

I’ve listened to Beyonce any number of times, and while it may not all be great, not a song is close to bad. And I’ve listened to One Direction any number of times and if a few songs are good, nothing here is great.

UK Top 10 Albums 12-14-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 9, 2013

Olly Murs isn’t the only album that thrills me here, the Rebecca Ferguson sophomore effort will please you. She isn’t Emeli Sande but her song selection is very very strong and her voice splendid

UK Top 10 Singles 12-14-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 9, 2013

Where are the Christmas songs? Only Lily Allen constitutes one and none of the others has hit the top ten yet, where is Susan Boyle, Lucy Spraggan, the Fishwives Choirs (no really) and, er, AC/DC. Cowell is pushing SIX X factor songs, none of which are her.

One Direction On Saturday Night Live

By Iman and hel | December 8, 2013

Where is Helen Bach, who woulda been much meaner than I was? Well, she has resigned from the SNL beat and I don’t really blame her. 1D are good sports but boring boys.

US Top 10 US Albums 12-14-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2013

the Garth Brooks Walmart only 6 CD, 2 DVD box set, with four albums of Brooks covers, his greatest hits album from 2007 and a live special that aired on CBS on DVD. Whatever future CDs have, it will be something like this

That Was The Week Of November 25th, 2013, That Was

By Iman Lababedi | December 3, 2013

He only performed two songs but the great vocalese Jon Hendricks, at the age of 92, came onto Van Morrison’s stage at the Theater At Madison Square Garden, and stole the show from under his nose

UK Top 10 Albums 12-7-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 2, 2013

One Direction have the best selling opening week of 2013 in the UK but the story here is the revenge of the boy band, if you include Elvis (and why wouldn’t you?) that would make six of the top 10, and the entire top fives all boy band redux.

Best Songs Through November 30th, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2013

Love Is Love – Hello Steve Reich James Murphy for DFA Remix – David Bowie – Sure, he’s using an idea from Reich, but the way the clapping becomes the beat blows me away every time

rock nyc Top 10 Songs Week Of 11-25-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 30, 2013

If Hopsin was a little better he would be major, when he is in the mood, as he is on this sideswipe at current rappers, he is very aggressively funny.

One Direction's "Midnight Memories" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 29, 2013

Utilitarian in the extreme, it is an overbearing drag with lousy lyrics and embarrassing looks under the covers. Of the 18 songs there are maybe 6 goodies and two greaties and that would be more than enough on a reasonably sized album

Google Proof: The Beatles Are Bigger Than Jesus And 1D Is Bigger Than Both

By Iman Lababedi | November 28, 2013

It was with pride and humility I discovered last night that I had gone over one million entries on google. Yes, folks, we the few, the cute, the famous!! But then a friend told me he was nearly at 3M!!!

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 11-27-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 27, 2013

September Song – Ella Fitzgerald – Not a great fit, the change in sections clumsy ups the lyric, and I prefer my Ella with a bit more tiskit in her taskit but the voice? You can only surrender to the immaculate perfection of sound and diction – A

Be Here Now: New Album Releases Snapshot Review 11-26-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2013

The greatest playwright of the 20th century writes a radio play incorporating elements of Dark Side Of The Moon. Voices by the likes of Bill Nighy and Rufus Selwell who act out thought experiments (like the sort you learnt in ethics class back at college, over the album played with most of the vocals removed in celebration of its 40th Anniversary. So where’s “Money”, eh? – B+