The Vaccines' Justin Young Praises Harry Styles And Niall Horan For Songwriting Talents
Apparently there is more to the boys than their great hair and bodies
One Direction have more than meets the eye according to The Vaccines frontman Justin Young, who has praised the boyband for their songwriting abilities proving they are more talented than your average manufactured group.
Niall Horan and Harry Styles have spent time in the recording studio with Justin after the trio bonded over their love of indie group, The Cribs. The Vaccines singer says that he was “excited” to be working with the pair although a collaboration is unlikely given the boyband’s pop fanbase.
Justin Young says One Direction are talented writers (WENN)
“They are both natural writers. I love writing songs and love pop music, so the process was exciting,” Justin told MTV News.
“I don’t think they are going for a heavier, indie sound. Maybe it’s damaged my credibility, but it wasn’t The Vaccines who wrote for them, it was me, so I doubt it’s damaged the band’s.”
Justin’s songs will most likely feature on One Direction’s upcoming third album, which they are currently recording while on their ‘Take Me Home’ tour. According to Louis Tomlinson, the lads are hoping to have the record completed in time for Christmas.
Niall Horan and Harry Styles are quite adept with songwriting apparently (WENN)
Confirming that they are busy working on their third album, Louis told the Daily Star: “We’ve already started recording the album, we started about a month ago.
“We’ve been writing and recording it while on tour. We are really happy with it. We don’t want to rush it but it will be out for Christmas.”
Justin Bieber surprises fans at elementary school with yearlong supply of food
Justin Bieber’s dedication to his fans knows no bounds. Last Friday the he made his second surprise stop at Whitney Elementary School in Las Vegas (he first visited last December). He was in town for the youngest fans and give them a day they’ll never forget.
Justin spent over an hour helping pack and hand out food donations totalling $150,000 and pledged to fill the school’s pantry for one year. According to the school’s principal, Sherrie Gahn, the children get food bags every weekend. Justin is helping with ConAgra food to make sure they have weekend food bags for a whole year.
Source: E! Online
The most productive thing you’ll do today is practice.
Photo: Jay Ryness
I wasn’t originally sold on the idea of blogging.
Even when I tried to get in the habit of posting, I found it hard to stick with. Blogging took time — time to write essays daily, put in links, clean up spam, and respond to the comments that trickled in, time that was uncompensated. Why, I wondered, would I take time away from paying assignments to put my work out there for free?
Even after my book, 168 Hours, came out in 2010, and I realized I needed to interact with readers, I still thought blogging was a side venture to my real writing. More days than not, I’d take 30-60 minutes to write a post and publish it, but I still viewed it more as a labor of love (or at least PR) than anything else.
Then something funny happened. About a year into daily blogging, I’d carve out time to write a draft of an essay for a newspaper or magazine. I’d give myself until lunch, but by 10:00, I’d be done.
What was going on? I finally figured it out while reading Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better, by Doug Lemov, Katie Yezzi, and Erica Woolway. These three educators have trained thousands of teachers over the years, and they studied patterns in how teachers improved at their craft, and how others do, too. The big breakthroughs, they noted, came from drills — discrete actions that focus on certain skills — in order to automate certain practices you’d like to improve.
Basketball players do shooting drills and passing drills. Piano players do arpeggios and scales. As they carve these actions into their muscle and mental memory, they can summon these skills almost by instinct during performances or games. That gives them the mental space to focus on bigger things — the arc of a piece, the layout of players on the court.
For a writer, blogging turns out to be a daily drill. By writing lots of don’t-need-to-be-perfect blog posts, I learned how to crank out rough drafts fast. By carving out time for daily practice, I made myself more efficient at my work. Each hour spent blogging saved me time later as I stewed less over drafts and had more time for edits.
Put in that light, blogging now seems like the most productive part of my day. Not only am I interacting with readers, I’m getting faster at what I do! Just as I accepted practice as part of studying the piano years ago, I embrace blogging as the “practicing” part of my writing work.
If you’d like to get more efficient at your work, making time every day for practice drills could likewise be one of the most productive decisions you make. To be sure, not everyone has a job where the drills are as obvious as blogging, in retrospect, was for me. But if you think about your job and how you spend your time, you can likely see certain skills you use repeatedly.
Maybe you make presentations. Maybe you deliver feedback to employees. Maybe you field hostile questions from clients. Think about how you can isolate these skills and practice them repeatedly. Ask your team members to launch a rapid-fire barrage of criticism about a proposal at the end of a staff meeting, for instance.
Most people don’t consciously practice their job. If you do, it can be a source of major competitive advantage. Keep track of your practice and how you’re improving individually or as a team by writing it down.
Most importantly, you have to actually make time for your practice drills. When you spend time getting better, you often get better. And that’s a much better place to be.
Do you make time to practice?
Laura Vanderkam is the author of “What the Most Successful People Do at Work” (Portfolio, April 23, 2013), “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast”(Portfolio, 2012), “All The Money In The World” (Portfolio, 2012) and “168 Hours” (Portfolio, 2010); visit www.lauravanderkam.com. Receive a free chapter from “All the Money In The World” by subscribing to my monthly newsletter here.
One Direction new album finished, says Ed Sheeran
One Direction’s new album is finished, according to previous collaborator Ed Sheeran. The singer-songwriter made the claim after confirming that he hasn’t submitted any tracks for the group’s third studio collection.
“I haven’t done any songs on this one,” Sheeran told MTV. “I’ve actually kind of cut myself from giving any people songs at the moment, because I want to make my album. I was approached, and it wasn’t so much a ‘No’. it was just a ‘I want to write tunes for myself at the moment’.”
He added: “Once my album’s done, then we’ll see, but their album is already finished.”
Louis Tomlinson recently admitted that One Direction are planning to release their new album for Christmas.
Taylor Swift is happy to be your break-up musician
TAYLOR Swift knows what time it is.
And it’s not just show time, although she is on stage in front of thousands in Detroit as part of her super-sized Red tour.
“50,000 people have opted in to hear me sing about my feelings for two hours,” Swift tells the mainly female crowd. “I’m told I have lots of feelings…”
Even with her tongue in cheek, those feelings are responsible for 26 million album sales and 75 million downloads in seven years - each album followed by a tour that grows in size.
It’s playing to her fans where Swift is most comfortable. She can’t be misquoted by nosy journalists. And she can express her sense of humour to let everyone know the diss-and-tell songwriter is firmly in on the joke.
“You never talk to him again and then you write a whole album about him,” Swift says at one point, acutely aware the audience all have different assumptions about who “he” is. And they know she’ll never tell.
Introducing Ours, a fan request, Swift says “I can imagine it’s hard to make a relationship last. I wouldn’t know …”.
She ushers Stay Stay Stay in by proudly noting “See, they don’t always leave…”
Interviewing Taylor Swift is tricky. She’s simultaneously open and closed. Her ability to swerve off topic during a warm anecdote is politician-like.
Personal questions are off limits, in the most polite way.
But when President Obama uses your break-up songs as a punchline to attack his political opponents, you know you occupy a rare place in pop culture.
“It’s crazy to take in what’s happened in the last few years,” Swift says, deftly side-stepping specifically referencing her Presidential shout out. “There’s no way to wrap your mind around it, no way to fully comprehend it without changing your own perception of yourself, which I’d never want to do.”
“As a writer it’s really important I keep my mind in check, that’s the only thing that keeps me here, what comes out of my mind. So I spend a lot of time thinking about my perspective, how to look at life, how to stay happy but still feel things. Not protect myself too much but shield myself from unnecessary pain and insecurity.”
Swift taps her head and jokes “You don’t want to get inside here, it’s very complicated”.
WHY JUSTIN BIEBER IS BIGGER THAN THAT
How a few disgruntled Billboard attendees at the back of the MGM Grand will only succeed in making the global superstar stronger.
Last night Justin Bieber collected 3 awards at the Billboards. The first for Top Social Artist (not presented) the second for Top Male Artist and the third for the (fan voted) Milestone Award. After showing the world why he’s a top class performer with outstanding performances of Take You and #thatPOWER (in collaboration with will.i.am) one would indeed say Justin was deserving of the recognition. In fact, the cheers and screams from the crowd both when he performed and when he collected the Top Male Artist award can attest to this. However, the final award had a different effect. His name was called as the winner of the Milestone Award and as he humbly hugged his friend and manager and made his way up to the stage, a low rumbling of (essentially adult male) voices could be just about heard booing from somewhere in the back. Were these Taylor or Bruno’s fans (the other two finalists for this award?). Somehow I doubt they were Taylor’s and regardless of whether they were Bruno’s the fact remains it was undeserved and was certainly cowardly since they were a long way from the stage. Would these people dare to do that to his face? I doubt it.
Justin was clearly taken aback but fans and the majority of the room continued to cheer for him and perhaps this bolstered his courage as he remained remarkably controlled and took a stand:
““I’m 19 years old … I think I’m doing a pretty good job and basically for my art I really just want to say it should really be about the music, it should be about the craft I’m making …This is not a gimmick, I’m not a gimmick. I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously. And all of this other bullshit should not be spoken of …I’d like to thank my manage Scooter Braun. I want to thank my family at home. I want to thank my mother, my father. I want to thank Jesus Christ … Mom I love you so much. Dad I love you. Little brother and sister I love you so much, thank you guys so much … Fans, you’re incredible.”
Making reference to his family, his beliefs and the fans, I think he found strength in the knowledge that an enormous amount of people are backing him to go all the way in his art. He is 19. he stood up on that platform and held his own against not just last night, but all the hate he has received in the last few months. It may have felt dreadful at the time but something changed with it.
Justin is nothing short of extremely gracious in victory at all times, the people who booed were not gracious in defeat. It is fair to say that this makes him the entirely bigger person but here’s the deal with Justin; the more you push him, the harder he works. This is an ARTIST who spends all his downtime working in the studio, and writing. This is the MUSICIAN who taught himself to play guitar, drums, piano. This is the PERFORMER who won’t cancel a show no matter how sick he may be and this is the PERSON who uses his POWER to help others (whether it be charity, friends, family or other artists).
Such a lack of respect for him shows something about society not Justin. Some people will always want to bring the successful down, but Justin shows the utmost respect for others (despite what the general media will have you believe). The secret to his ability to remain true to all of this lies in the fact he remembers what it’s like to be a fan. He was and always will be in awe of Michael Jackson and let’s face it, MJ had his fair share of haters too.
What Justin needs to remember is that a person’s personal opinion on whether he does or doesn’t deserve an award will never change the fact he won it and he won it because people know full well this is no gimmick, he’s a true artist.
Always listen for the cheers and screams Justin, those are what matter.