When we look back on this decade, what will be the events that defined America?
If we’re judging by Twitter stats, for a long time it was President Obama’s re-election, marked by Obama’s famous victory night tweet, “Four more years,” alongside an old photo of him hugging First Lady Michelle Obama.
Two years later, Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie outperformed Obama in retweets. And now, adding insult to injury, a British boy band has surpassed the President of the United States.
As noted by BuzzFeed writer Matt Bellassai, One Direction-er Louis Tomlinson’s 2011 love declaration to Harry Styles (“proof” for Larry shippers) has surpassed the president’s re-election night tweet to become the second-most-reteweeted message of all time.
Far ahead — by over two million more retweets — is Ellen DeGeneres’ famous Oscar night selfie featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and more.
Note to Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris: A selfie with the One Direction guys may be the way to go for this year’s ceremony.
Just days after it was announced that One Direction had the highest-grossing tour of 2014, it has emerged that Liam Payne has rewarded himself with a £5.1 million super-mansion.
The pop star, who grew up in a modest £150,000 three-bed semi-detached house in Wolverhampton, is now the proud owner of a stunning three-storey home in Surrey.
The property is said to feature an all-weather tennis court, cinema and heated outdoor swimming pool, in addition to a 700-bottle wine store and ballet studio.
The 21-year-old singer moaned last year about 1D fans appearing outside his home, but that’s unlikely to be a problem now.
A source told The Sun newspaper on Saturday: ‘The security is insane. Every part of the house and grounds are in camera isolation zones, many heat and motion monitored.’
News of Liam’s purchase comes shortly after a report claimed that One Direction had earned almost £6 million each over the last 12 months.
Figures filed on behalf of the band, which also comprises Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, at Companies House showed they logged a turnover of £49.1 million in 2013, and each member drew a salary of £5.6 million.
A source said: ‘Their earning power has rocketed over the past 12 months.’
In fact, their earnings more than doubled since 2012, where they earned £18.1 million and took home £2 million each.
No doubt Liam’s girlfriend Sophia Smith is looking forward to spending time at the abode, although it’s not thought that she will be moving in officially.
– Update: Turns out Liam bought the house for his parents.
It’s official: Boy bands — and the men who used to be in them — are big business again.
Concert tours by One Direction and Justin Timberlake made more money than all other road shows in 2014, according to the industry publication Pollstar, which this week released its annual list of top earners.
One Direction, the five-piece British group assembled in 2010 on the U.K. edition of “The X Factor,” raked in $282.2 million to come in at No. 1, while Timberlake — who rose to fame as a member of ‘N Sync before going solo — finished at No. 2 on ticket sales of $184.7 million.
And behind the teen idols? Those onetime dreamboats in the Rolling Stones, who earned $165.1 million.
“There are definitely some cyclic powers at work here,” said Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni.
Other acts placing high on Pollstar’s list include Katy Perry at No. 4 (with $153.3 million) and the married duo of Beyoncé and Jay Z at No. 5 ($109.7 million). Robbie Williams, another boy-band alum, ranked at No. 12, ahead of Fleetwood Mac, Cher and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.
Bon Jovi, which topped last year’s tally, didn’t tour in 2014.
One Direction’s strong showing — the first time a non-veteran act has led the list, Pollstar said — follows its No. 10 finish in 2013, a boost attributable to the group’s move from arenas to stadiums, such as the Rose Bowl, where One Direction played three concerts in September. The giant Pasadena venue also hosted two dates on Beyoncé and Jay Z’s joint tour in August.
Indeed, though One Direction’s average ticket price was among the lowest on the list (at $82.05), the average number of tickets sold for each of its 69 gigs was by far the highest: 78,172.
The Rolling Stones, in contrast, played only 25 shows, with an average ticket price of $191.42, easily the highest on the list.
The aging rockers “set a new mark” in terms of pricing, said Bongiovanni, who added that the band’s “strategy was to maximize the money they could make from each individual date.”
Overall, concert attendance was down in 2014, according to the music industry publication Billboard. In North America, the drop was 1.5% compared with 2013, when attendance rose 23%.
Yet domestic grosses were up 3.4%, Billboard said, thanks to generally higher ticket prices.
Among the artists charging top dollar, according to Pollstar, were the Eagles (with an average ticket price of $138.34), Paul McCartney ($133.91) and Billy Joel ($101.61).
A ticket to see Timberlake, whose lengthy tour behind his album “The 20/20 Experience” stopped a half-dozen times in Southern California alone, averaged $117.54.
Those sales contributed to a global touring business that Billboard estimated is worth nearly $20 billion, a new high for a music industry in which tickets are increasingly relied on to make up for sliding record sales.
Looking ahead to 2015, Bongiovanni said he expected festivals to continue becoming a bigger part of the live-music landscape.
“We started out with only a handful on the level of Coachella,” he said, referring to the three-day event that takes place each spring at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. “Now there are more and more of them,” such as Bonnaroo in Tennessee and Governors Ball in New York.
Billboard predicted growth too, an outcome that seems likely given upcoming tours by superstar acts including U2, which topped Pollstar’s list in 2011, and Taylor Swift, whose “1989” passed the soundtrack of “Frozen” this week to become the biggest-selling album of 2014.
Also scheduled to hit the road again: One Direction. The lads’ latest world tour is to launch a North American leg on July 9 with a concert at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.
Rest easy, One Direction fans! There’s no dramatic boy band breakup here.
Social media was blowing up over the weekend with a rumor that singer Niall Horan left the popular group, which first sparked when sites like Yahoo Celebrity UK and Sugarscape posted tweets claiming that Horan had opted to ditch his pals Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne.
The Yahoo UK tweet, which was posted yesterday, read, “Niall has left One Direction!!”
As you can imagine, Directioners went nuts over the “news,” and the hashtag #ReasonsNiallLeftOneDirection instantly began trending (however, wanting to pursue a career as an underwear model was not a suggestion, surprisingly). But Yahoo UK took to Twitter this morning to reveal their account was hacked and set the record straight on Niall’s position with the band.
“Morning everyone. Just so you know, Niall Horan isn’t in fact leaving 1D, our account was hacked last night. We repeat, Niall isn’t leaving,” they tweeted. “And it would seem that we weren’t the only ones either. @sugarscape were also hacked. Sorry for any upset this has caused.”
Meanwhile, Sugarscape tweeted, “So while we were fast asleep, it turns out some di–head hacked our account. VERY sorry for any heart attacks caused.”
And for those who are still unconvinced that Niall is here to stay, a Columbia Records rep for 1D told Billboard that there is “no truth to this rumor.”
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One Direction had a big night at the 2014 AMAs tonight in Los Angeles, winning ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock’ and ‘Favorite Pop/Rock Album (for 2013’s Midnight Memories)’. Check out videos of them accepting their awards below!
ARTIST OF THE YEAR