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Madeon continues to challenge pop norms in his new ‘You’re On’ live video

Posted by Popjustice on Mar 26 2015 at about 16:05

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It’s been a turbulent week for pop what with Rihanna’s eyebrows and Zayn being sacked from Top Gear, but prepare to suspend your disbelief because Madeon is about to turn the pop world completely on its head.

How will he do this? Well, you know how artists signed to major labels churn out endless, totally unnecessary and frequently awful video #content when they have records out? Usually involving the act doing a less-good version of their song in a ‘live’ setting? Good old Madeon’s made something that’s actually really good. It looks like it’s not going to be really good for a few seconds, but then it is really good. It features Kyan, who’s certainly changed since his time in Westlife.

BEHOLD:

Amazing.

Seriously though.

Posted by Popjustice on Mar 25 2015 at about 17:46

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You might think it’s not, but being in a pop band is shit.

It’s great, of course. But it’s also shit.

None of us can really understand what it’s like. As supposedly normal people we worry about money and we worry about our futures and when we see an internationally successful artist being moody and sad we all too often think “YES WELL AT LEAST YOU’VE GOT ONE OR SEVERAL NICE HOMES THAT YOU OWN OUTRIGHT AND AT LEAST YOU HAVE LOVELY HAIR”.

And actually that’s a really stupid way to look at the situation because we simply do not understand what it’s like to have spent five years at (or slightly to the right of) the epicentre of the modern fame industry.

We joke about people being selfish when they leave pop bands, and sometimes we forget it’s a joke and we start getting angry. And sometimes we also forget that underneath the beautiful hair there is a human being who is often deeply unhappy. And being in the public eye when you’re deeply unhappy is desperate and dangerous.

So while it’s sad that Zayn’s left One Direction:

1. If he’s doing to be happy for a bit before being sad for a bit before being happy again then as decent people we should probably just let him do that rather than making him stand on a box and jump up and down while we clap and laugh and point at him.

2. They were probably going to split up soon anyway so CALM DOWN.

28 items in the Peckham Toys ‘R’ Us that’ll be 20% cheaper tomorrow morning

Posted by Popjustice on Mar 25 2015 at about 17:28

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We were in Toys R’ Us yesterday and, overwhelmed by the quantity of One Direction merchandise on offer, we decided once again to catalogue what was on offer.

“Good luck shifting this lot if Zayn does clear off,” we thought to ourselves.

Now Zayn has indeed cleared off, these are the items we’d expect to be marked down by at least one fifth tomorrow morning.

1. Some beautiful nails

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They’re not permanent. NOR IS ANYTHING.

2-5: Assorted tat

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Already marked down, but another 20% will be necessary by 9am tomorrow.

6. Singing keychain

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The Niall keychain is SAFE from overnight 1D merchandise price slashing, but the musical keychain will need adjustment. FYI: Niall, Harry, Louis and Liam will not require a keychain because don’t forget the door is always open.

7. Inline skates with super soft-padded liner for comfort

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And who among us doesn’t currently feel the need for some comfort?

8. Glistening helmet

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Might come in useful in case anybody comes down to earth with a bump in the coming months.

9-10. Poster book and 2015 annual

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We had a flick through the 2015 annual, the last three quarters are just empty pages.

11. Stationery set

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Useful for scrawling WHY WHY WHY ZAYN WHY NOW WHY LIKE THIS WHY across your face.

12. Pencil case

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Handy for carrying an eraser around in case you ever feel like you’ve made a mistake.

13. Lockable diary

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“March 25, 2015. Today I will make a planet sad.”

14. ‘Cool Cardz’ (?) design studio

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“Can someone redesign our last album artwork please? Keep the title the same though, cheers.”

15. Bag

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Very useful for stuffing with someone’s belongings then hurling from a first floor window to the street below while shouting “GO THEN, GO, SEE HOW YOU COPE ON YOUR OWN”.

16. More bags

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Use these ones for the haircare products.

17. Lunchbox

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When was the last time you think Zayn had a carton of Um Bongo? We bet more Um Bongo would have solved all these problems.

18. Headphones

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Useful for blocking out the weeping.

19. Karaoke machine

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Features include mic volume, which will remain turned down as a mark of respect.

20. No idea what this is

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21. Microphone

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“Designed to work in harmony” EXCEPT WHEN ONE PERSON’S DECIDED TO DO THEIR OWN THING.

22. A watch

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“What time is it?” “Time I was off, BYEEEEEE.”

23. A Top Trumps collector’s tin

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Today’s news is more like a bottom trump.

24. Monopoly

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“Zayn, you’ve landed on my hotel.” “Is it alright if I check out early?”

25. Poster

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Worth putting up on your wall just so you can TEAR IT DOWN AGAIN IN DISGUST.

26. Birthday cards

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Only useful up to a fourth birthday.

27. Badges

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Please be careful when putting these on, you wouldn’t want to get the pin STRAIGHT THROUGH YOUR HEART LIKE THE NEWS THAT ZAYN HAS LEFT ONE DIRECTION.

28. Easter egg

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Traditionally, Easter is a time when we celebrate someone appearing to clear off, only to turn up a couple of weeks later going “LOL guys I was only joking”. Cross your fingers.

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Zayn’s left One Direction

Posted on Mar 25 2015 at about 16:40. comments
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Lil’ Chris has died

Posted on Mar 24 2015 at about 13:50. comments

The new Brandon Flowers single is the Brandon Flowers single you always wanted

Posted by Popjustice on Mar 23 2015 at about 09:02

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Brandon Flowers’ new single ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ is on the radio tonight. Annie Mac’s giving it its first ‘spin’. It sounds like Haim meets Pet Shop Boys meets The Killers and it’s really amazing so tune in.

The full album’s produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and it’s out in May and that’s also when Brandon’s off on a short UK tour, which just just been announced this morning. If you’re interested, the dates are:

  • Thursday 21st MAY LONDON, BRIXTON O2 ACADEMY
  • Sunday 24th MANCHESTER, Academy
  • Monday 25th EDINBURGH, Usher Hall
  • Tuesday 26th LEEDS, O2 Academy
  • Thursday 28th BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy

Tonight’s ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ premiere will mark the end of an exhaustive video teaser campaign which falls very firmly in ‘yes very nice but get on with it’ territory.

We feel it’s worth acknowledging that Brandon’s ‘artwork game’ is currently extremely on point too, which helps.

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The album’s currently up for pre-order on CD and vinyl (?!) but it looks like if you pre-order the album digitally from tomorrow you’ll get ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ instantly so that’s quite nice.

His EP’s called ‘Breaking Good’ but don’t let that put you off

Posted by Popjustice on Mar 19 2015 at about 14:14

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The funny thing about Kieran Alleyne‘s ‘Comfortable’ is that about three seconds into the song you’re thinking “Jesus Christ not another one that sounds like this”, then at about the 0:56 mark you’re thinking “Jesus Christ why can’t there be more songs like this”.

Don’t be fooled by a zeitgeisty production style because some of the songwriting on this song is top notch; the “you should lay back on me I’m gonna make you come… fortable” line is certainly a killer combination of triumph and travesty.

‘Comfortable’ may not be the most original-sounding song you hear all year, but it pulls all its influences together in a really exciting way and it seems like the sort of thing Justin Bieber should/would be coming out with were he not busy standing around in his pants and/or jumping up and down near Carly Rae Jepsen.

iTunes says Kieran’s ‘Breaking Good’ EP’s out on April 6 but you can buy it now for some reason. We are living in the future ladies and gentlemen – make the most of it.