Mary Lambert On Her Guest Role On Faking It

You have had a role on MTV’s  “Faking It.” Or have one coming up?

“Yeah! I don’t know how that got out [laughs]. Yes, I do. [laughs]. I don’t know if they’re promoting it yet or not, but I think I probably accidentally talked about it. That’s  what happened [laughs].”

Well, how did that happen? And what is it? Are you playing a character?

“Oh, I just have a guest appearance. They’re a mutual love for ‘Faking It’ in our household, and they … I love the show; it’s a guilty pleasure. And they use ‘Secrets’ for their promo spots on MTV, and so that’s how I got to know the show. And then I don’t like to support anything unless I really, directly … I don’t like  my likeness to appear with anything or my songs to appear with anything unless I directly support it. So  I needed to get behind the series, and it was very easy to.”

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Billboard: After five years of nonstop 1D activity, it's no surprise that one of the five members needed a breather.

The members of One Direction are, in fact, moving in a bunch of different directions.

Last Thursday, the group announced that Zayn Malik was headed back to the United Kingdom during the group’s world tour, missing a handful of shows due to “stress.” “The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta,” a statement from 1D’s rep read, causing Directioners across the globe to hyperventilate, clutch their pearls and brace for the downfall of the biggest boy band of the generation. (The breakup of Louis Tomlinson with girlfriend Eleanor Calder doesn’t directly impact the group’s future, but still, it’s bummer news during a bummer week.)

As of Monday, a rep for the group told Billboard that there was no news to report, and no timetable for Zayn’s return to the group able to be announced. There are four shows scheduled between the Mar. 25 performance in Jakarta and a two-month break that begins on Apr. 5 — Zayn may very well show up at all of them, or none of them. The rep for the group said that any rumors of the band’s impending breakup are just tabloid speculation; in reality, only a small group of people knows how bad (or not bad) the situation actually is.

Yet something like this was bound to happen. The sudden absence of Zayn from the group’s latest world tour may very well be the beginning of the end for One Direction’s phenomenal run of success. The only shock is that, considering all of the variables, this moment hasn’t arrived sooner.

Consider what has been expected of the five One Direction members ever since Zayn, Louis, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan were finalists on the U.K.X Factor in 2010. Since then, 1D has released four albums in four years while spending a half-decade traveling the world, graduating from arenas to stadiums and tirelessly promoting their many products. There have been two concert films, a dozen music videos, a countless number of award show performances and a flood of branded merchandise, during a stretch of time in which most kids their age are fumbling their way through college. There’s been a few minor controversies — weed was smoked, Duck Dynasty stars were inappropriately praised — but nothing legacy-threatening. There’s even been marked, impressive musical progression for One Direction, who have won over some critics with their recent arena rock stylings.

As a colleague reminded me today, the One Direction enterprise has seemingly operated with the intention of “beating the clock” — as in, squeezing out every last bit of commercial content as quickly as possible before the pop culture bubble bursts and the young core of their audience moves on to other musical interests. Boy bands possess notoriously short shelf lives, either breaking up or becoming significantly less relevant after a few years of dominance. At this point, One Direction has already released more proper studio albums than *N SYNC did, and their run to start the 2010’s mirrors the Backstreet Boys' ubiquity during the second half of the 90's, before that group's popularity fell off a cliff following their 2000 album, Black and Blue. One Direction's entire career (guided in part by Columbia Records and Simon Cowell's Syco Records) has included less downtime than any other musical artist working today, seemingly due to that short expiration date and the desire to capitalize on fleeting superstardom. Without that heightened time frame, One Direction could have gone the way of also-rans likethe Wanted; with that never-ending promotional cycle, the boys became superstars forever existing in a pressure cooker.

Zayn’s abrupt absence from One Direction is not without precedent. Jonathan Knight departed New Kids on the Block after battling panic attacks; Backstreet Boys’ A.J. McLean left the group multiple times to enter rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. Both times, the members addressed their personal issues during the tail end of spectacular runs of success — and both times, they eventually returned and performed with renewed vigor for years. Sometimes, things must slow down, regardless of where a band is in its current album cycle.

It’s slightly easier for solo artists to hit the pause button when they’re struggling to keep pace. Rihanna has taken a two-year break after releasing four albums in four consecutive years, and Ellie Goulding is in the midst of an extended rest periodafter professing last year, “I need to sort my life out. And if I don’t do it soon, I may as well just be forever on the road, because that’s what it feels like.” Zayn Malik doesn’t have the luxury of making that declaration without inviting rampant speculation from fans who can point to four other group mates who don’t need time off due to stress. If Harry, Niall, Louis and Liam are all fine, why can’t Zayn be, too?

That’s an unfair question for a 22-year-old currently dealing with personal issues, and who clearly still has the respect of his group mates. When One Direction took the stage sans Zayn in Manila on Saturday night, they didn’t introduce themselves as 1D, but by their first names on stage, to prove that they were not whole. Zayn may very well stride past his stress and rejoin his band mates within a week or two, and have no public troubles through the tour’s conclusion on Halloween. This could all be a minor hiccup in what’s been another hugely profitable run of performances. But at some point — and the smart money is on that point being soon — more of these hiccups will occur, individual restlessness will set in, and the album-per-year streak has to be broken. Whereas other boy band members have taken leaves of absence in the past, there’s simply no model in which One Direction is sustainable for another three-to-five years without a breakup or steep drop-off in popularity — the latter of which might have already started to occur. Last year’s Four was, quantitatively speaking, not as big as One Direction’s previous albums, selling 938,000 copies to date compared to the 1.5 million sold of 2013’s Midnight Memories, according to Nielsen Music. Four was also 1D’s first album not to produce a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 chart, and as of January, no new single from Four was planned to be worked by Columbia Records.

The One Direction breakup rumors currently swirling are probably false, and stadiums are still being packed. But Zayn’s sudden departure, no matter how long it lasts, is a reminder that boy bands suffer from a high mortality rate. The fact that 1D has been able to last this long without an incident like this independent retreat underlines how spectacular the group’s run has been. I’m rooting for it to continue, but fear that this type of stress will soon lead to a fracture.


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anonymous asked:

Hey, sorry for bothering you. But what is the significance of Billboard reporting the breakup? Thanks :)

Hi, love! 

1. Billboard is a serious internationally acclaimed music magazine whose target isn’t exactly similar to One Direction’s so I find it really shocking that they would focus on some boybander’s break up story (it’s not even Harry!).

And the most important reason:

2. Same as People magazine, Billboard has a very special relationship with Irving Azoff - not only they got the exclusive when he signed Gwen Stefani/No Doubt (among other things) but he also ranks pretty high on their Power List every year (expect for 2013):

Well, this is interesting. After HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY learned that Louis has been leaning on Harry, following his breakup, 1D’s tour rider allegedly leaked — and it seems like Louis has been relying on Harry so much that they may even be sharing a room on tour.

Harry Styles, 21, has been supporting his best friend, Louis Tomlinson, 23, ever since he broke up with Eleanor Calder, HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY learned. And Harry seems to be taking his role as Louis’ “brother” very seriously. They may even be sharing a room while on the road together. Maybe Louis just can’t handle being alone yet.

One Direction’s Tour Rider — Harry Styles & Louis Tomlinson Sharing Room?

One Direction‘s tour rider has reportedly been revealed, according to OceanUp. And it allegedly shows that the band only requires four rooms for all five of them, which potentially means that two band members share a room.

Obviously, Zayn recently left the tour in order to take care of his relationship with Perrie Edwards back home. But this tour rider was likely made before he left.

We’re not suggesting — at all — that Harry and Louis share a room for romantic purposes. What we think is that it’s very sweet of Harry to stay by Louis’ side during this difficult time in his life — if that is what he’s doing. After all, we have no idea why they only requested four rooms. But we do know that Louis is leaning on Harry.

Louis Tomlinson & Harry Styles Relationship: Bonding Since Eleanor Break Up

“Louis has definitely been leaning on Harry during his breakup and considers him his brother. Harry has been an amazing friend to Louis and really been lifting his spirits,” an insider shared.

That’s so sweet! We love that they take care of each other.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you glad that Louis is leaning on Harry during this difficult time? Vote in our poll and tell us how you feel!

(keep in mind that as of now the article has only been up for around 40 minutes, so there have likely been very few responders to the poll so far)

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Louis Walsh: One Direction's Zayn Malik was in recording studios before split announcement

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has said Zayn Malik was working on solo material with producers in a recording studio just weeks ahead of the announcement today he was going to quit One Direction.

Speaking about Zayn’s decision on RTE Radio One’s ‘Drivetime’ this evening, the former Boyzone and Westlife manager said he heard the “rumours” that all was not well in the One Direction camp.

He told RTE broadcaster Mary Wilson that the 22-year-old was working on material in a studio with producers several weeks ago, saying he heard Zayn was a “talented songwriter” who could surprise us all.

"I’m told he’s very talented as a songwriter and I know he’s been in studio with producers in the last few months. He might surprise us," he said.

Louis is the longest serving judge on talent series ‘X Factor’ - in 2010 he was on the panel that selected Zayn, Harry Styles, Mullingar man Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louise Tomlinson to form One Direction for the series. All five participants had been turned down as solo acts before they were selected for the band.

The band famously finished fourth behind Cher Lloyd, Rebecca Ferguson and winner Matt Cardle.

However, show boss Simon Cowell signed them to his label and set them on the path that propelled them to global stardom.

"I’ve heard the rumours for the last few weeks that everybody wasn’t happy in paradise," Louis told ‘Drivetime’.

"The problem with these guys is they’ve been in a bubble for the last five years, pressure, working, a lot harder than people think, so something had to give.  So Zayn was the first person to crack up a little bit."

Wilson said she felt sympathy towards the singer in his statement when he said he just wanted to a be a “normal 22-year-old”.

"Yeah but he’s made an awful lot of money, seen the world," Louis replied.

"He’s had an amazing time with the other guys. That’s the good side of it.

"The dark side of it is all the travelling, the airports, in a bubble, not really seeing real life.

"They burn out basically… the thing with One Direction is they were massive worldwide. They were going from continent to continent.

"Going from hotels to hotels,  he probably didn’t see light of day, he was just working, working, working.

"Now it’s everybody’s dream but there’s an awful lot of pressure with it too.

"Because with boybands, and with popbands, they have a shelf life of maybe five to six years with kids. And then the kids grow up and move onto something else."

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