“Coming out of the band, we had some pretty good opportunities around us. I had to do something,” the 1D member tells Billboard.
With “Strip That Down,” his Quavo-featuring debut single released on Friday (May 19), Liam Payne has become the final member of One Direction to officially go solo – although the singer tells Billboard that he was close to forgoing the solo artist route and deferring to his group mates.
“To be honest with you, I wasn’t going to do a solo venture,” says Payne, who co-wrote songs on each of One Direction’s five albums. "I was just going to go into songwriting and carry on and do that. But then I was like, ‘You’ve been trying to do this since you were 14 years old. You would be ridiculously stupid to turn down the option to have a deal.’ Coming out of the band, we had some pretty good opportunities around us. I had to do something.”
After One Direction released their final pre-hiatus album, Made In The A.M., in November 2015, Payne says that he was “in the middle of just finding our feet” when the opportunity to record “Strip That Down” presented itself. Written by Payne, Ed Sheeran (who had a hand in multiple 1D hits) and Steve Mac, the first single from Payne’s upcoming solo project was sparked by an unexpected call from Sheeran late last summer.
“I was in a gym in L.A., and I got a call that said ‘You have to get to London now,’” Payne recalls. “And we had literally just gotten to L.A., so we U-turned straight back to London — which of course you do for Mr. Ed Sheeran, because I’d do anything for the man. We went in, sat around and discussed a bunch of things about life, and [the song] basically just came together.”
After working with Sheeran and Mac, Payne decided to add Migos star Quavo into the mix as the song’s featured artist. “Quavo is the man!” he exclaims. "He turned the rap around in like 24 hours. … It’s taken them a long time to get to the point where the Migos are now, with ’T-Shirt’ and ‘Bad and Boujee.’ I feel like they’re very well-structured men to take on this task, because if you accelerate too quickly into what fame is, it’ll mess with your head. They’ve had a lovely rise, and they can carry on doing this for many years.”
In the days since “Strip That Down” was released, 1D fans have understandably focused on the line “You know, I used to be in 1D (now I’m out, free),” which Payne has said represents more of his desire to make music on his own terms rather than dismiss the mega-selling pop group. He’s had to sit on “Strip That Down” for months, but couldn’t be more grateful for the release of his debut solo track.
tell me about betsy and her relationships? like is there a general theme with most of her relationships? doesn't have to be romantic, can be platonic. are there certain people that she's more drawn to?
betsy can be the queen of poor decisions when it comes to relationships. or at least her romantic/sexual relationships. she has been known to sleep with someone out of opportunity/boredom/curiosity and that doesn’t always make for a good idea.
however, her friends are very telling. she is drawn to the kind and compassionate ones, the ones that do not let the world make them hard or cold when things get tough. the fact that ororo and alison are her two best friends speaks volumes of this. the three of them have marched into hell and back time and time again, they have literally lived and died together. both women have had their darker days and times where they struggled but they overcome it and they remain someone that can be relied upon and can be trusted to support others.
even beyond them, there are the likes of kurt, hank, kitty and piotr. all people that did not let the world make them hard, people that she could look to for inspiration and guidance and trust to be there for her when she was not such a pillar of strength. these are the ones that have been with her for so long, ones that she returns to time and time again.
but then when she has friends that are more like herself, they are the ones she butts heads with on a regular basis. logan, remy, scott, and even warren at times. she does not love them any less but she sees more of herself in them and struggles to make peace with it at times.
“Men are men, vows are words, and words are wind.”
- George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons
The Seeds of Resonance were first known to man from the tales of the Garden of Eden, in which Adam and Eve consume the forbidden fruit of knowledge. This Forbidden Fruit, although thought to be extinct, left behind many seeds that were evolved and adapted in two ways.
These seeds are said to have mind altering powers, enabling changes to occur in the mind with ease, similar to its full form as the Forbidden Fruit allowed Adam and Eve’s mind to change and gain knowledge of the world around them. One of the results from this adaptation resulted in coffee beans that are found in ‘coffee fruit’, having iotas of its spectacular prowess for mind alteration in being able to simply rejuvenate the mind and keep it buzzing for a short time with newfound energy.
On the other hand, the second adaptation resulted in what is known as the Seeds of Resonance, mind altering seeds that similar to their ‘coffee’ counterpart now tend to be a popular source in the making of coffee from the coffee chain, ‘Resonance’ which was started as a co-venture between The Craftsman and Dionysus in order to keep the Human Satyrs happy and not excluded from Dionysus’ own coalition of creatures. ‘Resonance’ launched in 1959 and became a popular brand to be used at diners and later on would come to be an optional substitute for coffee beans at The Studio.
The Seeds of Resonance had thus become quite popular and ever since have only ever been able to grow on Olympus Island within The Studio, and usually tended to by Human Satyrs before being delivered to the cafe in The Studio as well as other stores that still exist to this day. Upon consumption of the seeds or any beverage such as coffee made with the seeds, the user will start to feel the result of one or two effects, either a compulsion to others, or the ability to be compulsive to others. As opposed to solely affecting the mind, the Seeds of Resonance also change the body.
Many men have been able to use their sudden prowess and powers of persuasion for pleasure, whilst other men who tend to be more subservient can suddenly feel words such as “hard” and “come” making their own cock change from erect to sudden orgasm.
As well as this other commands can be given such as “grow your muscles” in which a person’s muscles will start to grow to optimal desire of either the speaker or themselves. Though the coffee form has been known to manifest pleasure into transformation, simply enabling transformation through pleasure and having an oftentimes contagious affect on anybody nearby, whether they’ve consumed the seeds or not.
It should be noted that the Seeds of Resonance have many more limits, for example someone who suddenly is able to compel others, can only do so to men who find them attractive, this includes having secret desires or fantasies about them. As well as this, those that can be compelled, can be commanded by anyone, so long as they find themselves attracted to that person, once again including secret desires or fantasies about them.
The mind alteration of the seeds tend to be quite heavy and almost hypnotic instantly. However the user can not compel nor be compelled to do things that otherwise cause harm to themselves or others. This is to avoid situations such as The Whisper King of Atlantis from abusing their powers of persuasion garnered from the Seeds of Resonance in which he managed to purchase from a trader from Africa, who was selling the “abnormal” seeds.
It is thought that due to the construction of the largest towers previously known to mankind due to Atlantis and the conflict with Poseidon inspired the fairy tale known as Jack and the Beanstalk, with Jack purchasing seeds that grew and led to a giant which he later toppled, akin to how The Whisper King toppled Poseidon.
The Whisper King, also known as The King of Atlantis was the arch nemesis of Poseidon. Having been born as a slave, he was famously known for his body and his beauty, both uncommon aspects of slaves, and later in his life ascended to king hood when he established the kingdom of Atlantis named after the Greek island Atlantea, upon which it was built.
Threatened by this sudden invasion of the seas, Poseidon sought to meet The Whisper King at his kingdom, whereupon he noticed the multitude of men, many of them being Spartans and others who were from Greece. However, Poseidon never left the hall of The Whisper King, his nickname having been born out of the fact that whatever words he whispered to his men, they seemed to obey. It is because of this that many agree why Atlantis had been built so much so effortlessly, with many architects, builders, inventors, and soldiers, working around the clock as quickly as they could in between shifts and without protest.
Poseidon instead was draped over The Whisper King, having been forcefully wooed by his words and transformed into the finest garments and sandals fit for a king at the time and forced to lose his mind enraptured in pleasure against the body of the king.
Enraged by this, The Craftsman confronted The Whisper King. Although not much is known as to what occurred in the throne room, since all soldiers left as a sign of good will from The Whisper King, Atlantis later was brought down by the sea. Every citizen was saved and led back to Greece, whilst Poseidon returned to form and watched as The Craftsman transformed The Whisper King into robes, sandals, and the “most sensitive parts of a man” became a trident handed to Poseidon. It soon became the infamous symbol of Poseidon’s power and rather than stab them, transforms those who come into contact with it. The rest of The Whisper King is still worn by Poseidon to this day.
Upon discovery of the Seeds of Resonance farms during the destruction of Atlantis enacted by The Craftsman, he collected some and destroyed the rest. The seeds he had collected were changed, now limited in their power to never force a man to be a slave to pleasure, but rather a symbol of it. Though, there were no casualties in the flooding. However, the kingdom of Atlantis is known to be so scarred, that the ruins have still not been discovered to this day.
As a preface, to the anon(well, anons plural) who set me on this pathback in January: you’ve not-quite-singlehandedly gotten more content out of me than any other prompter or requester ever has, so that’s worth bringing to your attention if only to thank you again for inadvertently catching me when the stars were aligned just right. I say not-quite-singlehandedly because the following people very quickly latched onto this whole venture as readers, co-conspirators, and emotional support (2015 has been a horrific year for me re: family health and mortality): @neverrwhere, @myfavoriteismike, @the-oxford-english-fangeek, @seji, @leaper182, @milarca, @imaginedmelody, @firesighn, @bishoukun, @misterbubblicious, @ladylier, @isonnylove, @deerharthowlikeyouthis, and the absolutely extraordinary number of other anons who wrote in to say I wasn’t chucking words into a fandomless void. Simply put, judging by how few BTTF stories there were on AO3, let alone on the internet at large, I’d expected at best to hear crickets and at worst to experience, well, tons of backlash for writing what many people in mainstream BTTF fandom consider wildly heretical. I’m grateful to have had the chance to discuss my reasoning and motivations with people asking kind, intelligent questions rather than the alternative (which actually didn’t happen at all). I’ve gotten word today that my next surgery will be in early December, and I have a lot of grad-school-related work to do between now and then (as well as finish GOE). I don’t know what kind of time I’ll have to add to these timelines / fic ‘verses I’ve constructed this year, so the least I can do is give interested parties an easy-access directory on Back to the Future Day of all days. Thanks for letting me experiment:
Attention World of Warcraft Players of the Role Playing Servers.
If your character was part of the Argent Crusade PLEASE provide with their name (In character name), their Transmog set as well as what they look like under any helm they may be wearing. Small descriptions are a bonus on height, how they look, any facial scars, unique eye color, etc.
Depending the amount of replies/reblogs/messages I get will depend how huge this project is going to be. Each person will be credited for their character being used in this project.
Also add in Server your character is on so I can put you in the credits with it.
Similar to Louis’ situation, Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) founded an imprint record label, Decaydance Records, under Fueled by Ramen.
According to an article I found, “Decaydance uses Fueled by Ramen’s infrastructure for sales and marketing. Fueled by Ramen goes through Warner Music Group’s Alternative Distribution Alliance and has an upstreamig deal with Atlantic Records. Fueled by Ramen founded John Janick says Wentz is welcome to be as involved in running the label as he wishes, as long as it does not take too much time away from Fall Out Boy.”
Pete signed Panic! At The Disco as his first act, and released A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out jointly with Fueled by Ramen in September of 2005. He also signed and released albums for Cobra Starship, The Academy Is…, The Cab, Gym Class Heroes, Tyga, Hey Monday, and more. He also signed his own band, however he didn’t release music for Fall Out Boy under his own record label until 2013, after Fall Out Boy returned from hiatus. Take This To Your Grave was under Fueled by Ramen, and From Under The Cork Tree, Infinity On High, and Folie a Duex were under Island Records. Save Rock and Roll and AB/AP are both produced by Island and Decaydance. I imagine he was unable to release music for Fall Out Boy under Decaydance until the 3 album deal with Island expired.
If Louis follows a similar path, he will start signing and releasing music with a co-venture between his record label and Sony. After One Direction’s contract with Sony expires, he, like Pete, could sign One Direction under his own label.
I just thought this was a very similar case to what we’re seeing with Louis right now, and worth looking into for its implications on the future for both Louis and One Direction.
Marvel and DC officially announce the return of THE AMALGAM UNIVERSE!
For the first co-publishing venture in over a decade, Marvel and DC have come to an agreement to bring back The Amalgam Universe, a universe comprised of ‘amalgam characters’ of some of the most beloved superheroes of the two most exciting comic book publishers in the entire world.
Spinning out of the events of Forever Evil and Original Sin, The Amalgam Universe is a brand-new, 12 part maxi series by super scribes Geoff Johns and Brian Michael Bendis with artwork by Olivier Copiel, Bryan Hitch, John Romita jr., Alex Maleev, Mike Deodato jr., and comics legend John Byrne, making his long awaited return to mainstream comics.
The Amalgam Universe will be published biweekly this September with many of your favorite regular comics 'going dark’ for the duration of the series.
“The fallout from The Amalgam Universe is so big to both comic book universes, the changes so overwhelming, that you won’t recognize most of your favorite titles at the end of it.” said Bendis.
When asked: why now? Both publishers, in a joint statement said: because announcing it tomorrow just isn’t that funny.
Allow yourself to fail, don’t put shit on the back burner, ask for help, & keep dreaming. Here’s what we mean:
(1) Allow yourself to fail, because it happens. No one just comes up with a dream and then flies into the sky on a giant dog muppet and gets everything they want. It takes a ton of hard work, a bunch of mistakes you’ve got to learn from, and a crap load of pulling-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps. But you can do it.
(2) Don’t put shit on the back burner. It’ll be so easy to take a shitty job that pays a little more, but doesn’t allow you the time to do what you love. SO EASY. Don’t do that. Work the shitty low-paying job that gives you a flexible schedule and supports you following your dreams. Money is not more important than your happiness. Dannielle’s dad always says, “If you like making money now, just wait until you’re making it doin’ what you love.”
(3) Ask for help. People want to help you, they just don’t know how. Ask your friends to help you with a project. Ask your family to help support your newest venture. Ask your co-workers to help loosen up your schedule so you can take the time you need. Ask your old professor how they got started. Ask for help. You can not do it alone.
(4) Don’t. Fucking. Stop. Dreaming. We don’t care how many goals you’ve achieved… don’t ever stop dreaming bigger. Dream the biggest shit you can possibly dream. You can do it. We promise you.