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Hey sweetie ! Asking for your opinion on this. I'm not sure I understand why people say Louis is the leader of 1D and that he made what 1D is/was today. Is it because he wrote most of the songs on the last album ? (Liam did too). Like I saw some posts saying that it's partially thanks to Louis that Harry, Niall and Liam are "free" today. In interview I definitely saw that he was kind if a leader for the boys. But how come it is too for business.

Hi there!

We know from several sources that the boys were supposed to have individual, preconceived images that distinguished them as archetypes of a boyband (similar to how the Spice Girls each had a “handle”).

The Sony hack basically confirmed these shallow, idealized, patronizing images that included a description of Harry as “adorably slow.”

https://waitingforthatday.tumblr.com/post/160988626422/remember-how-sony-designed-and-implemented-these

The consensus is that Louis, being the oldest, and the member w/ the most experience in the entertainment industry, had influence over the boys in their dealings with management. After 2011, it was increasingly clear that Simon Cowell had a vision of One Direction as a typical boy band that would 1. never evolve musically, and 2. never develop an audience outside of their base.

This is not a crazy fan theory. It was confirmed by Ross Golan’s interview of Savan Kotecha, who co-wrote WMYB.

https://seasurfacefullofclouds.tumblr.com/post/159522363780/and-the-writer-iswith-ross-golan-by-big-deal

http://bulletproofhalo.tumblr.com/post/157865630236/savanmy-dude

The interview, which came out earlier this year, confirmed a lot of fan theories about the restrictions the boys had in their musical creativity, and their conflicts with the songwriters hired to write their music.

I discuss it further here, if you’re interested.

https://seasurfacefullofclouds.tumblr.com/post/157937777410/hi-anon-here-thnkyou-for-your-kind-response

https://seasurfacefullofclouds.tumblr.com/post/159574630970/reflections-on-one-direction-harry-styles-and

https://seasurfacefullofclouds.tumblr.com/post/157917630515/so-this-is-a-long-rants-maybe-dont-publish

So the upshot is that Savan Kotecha lost his job because he could no longer argue against Louis Tomlinson. Many of the writers subsequently had to deal with a more empowered One Direction because of this struggle.

Personally, I believe that what we learned about the boys’ creative struggle is a “canary in the coal mine” about their interactions with management.

Louis is outspoken, not easily intimated, and not afraid of conflict. The other boys, in contrast, do not engage well with conflict. You see how, in interviews, they shy away from questions that are at all challenging, and their body language reflects their unease. Sometimes it can be detected in written interviews too.

Harry has dealt with this by seeking new management and breaking old ties as soon as he was able to. Liam and Niall went to different labels. Zayn also went to a different imprint (RCA) under Sony.

The impact of the loss of Simon’s Syco empire cannot be overstated. It wasn’t just that he lost control to Sony (and in effect owns only 10% of Syco) but that the value of the company dropped from multiple hundreds of millions of pounds to about £60 million when it lost One Direction, and failed to develop another comparable act.

Louis’ signing with Syco is not any different than signing with Sony. Syco is majority-owned by Sony.

What Louis has been going through professionally since July 2015 (which was when Syco’s shares were sold to Sony) is a coordinated effort to destroy his career by 1DHQ. It’s revenge.

What 1D-related media (The DM, The Sun) print about the boys is also very telling. These stories paint Louis as a negligent father, a bad friend, a low-classed, talentless hack, etc. Their agenda is to destroy Louis Tomlinson’s career.

Louis is, as you point out, the 1D member with the most songwriting credits.

http://alw4ys-you.tumblr.com/post/160992954390/louis-tomlinson-songwriting-credits

The influence of 1DHQ is fading, in my opinion. Louis is making new music. There’s evidence that he has written with the best songwriters at Warner Chappell and elsewhere. Outside of any reputation of “being difficult to work with” (he has strong opinions about songwriting, I have no doubt), Louis is a $multi-million brand. Industry bigwigs are not going to ignore him; they’re not going to turn down a chance to work with him, if he is free and available. He has a ready-made fanbase, and his songs are going to sell, no matter what, just like his band mates’.

One other thing: John Ryan still works for U.K. X-Factor. It’s a source of good income for him. Interpret that how you will.

Here’s to hoping for happier days.

Hope that helps.

Sea

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Which One Direction Member Had the Best Solos of the Group? Vote!
In light of Tomlinson's recent comments about never getting a solo on 'X Factor,' we want to know who you think had the best solos in 1D. Was it Louis, or did you favor someone else's big moments?

With One Direction still on hiatus, all five members are getting time to shine with their own solo endeavors. Although Harry Styles is the only one to have a full album out (aside from Zayn Malik, who left the band in March 2015 and released his debut LP Mind of Mine in January 2016), each 1D member has flexed his solo singing muscles with at least one single.

Prior to them going their separate ways, though, the One Direction guys all had shining parts as members of the group, too. While Louis Tomlinson acknowledged in a recent interview that he never had a solo as the group competed on X Factor(U.K.) in 2010, even Tomlinson had plenty of breakout moments when singing with the guys – especially in their two most recent albums, FOUR and Made In The A.M. And if you don’t believe us, please take a listen to “No Control” and “Love You Goodbye” right now.

But as Tomlinson alluded to in his Guardian interview, his bandmates each had some amazing solo opportunities as well. Niall Horan’s parts in “Better Than Words,” Styles’ belt moments in “Drag Me Down,” Liam Payne’s “Little Things” croons, and Malik’s falsetto in “You & I” – all are terrific examples of the vocal ability each 1Der showcased on the five albums the group released pre-hiatus.

So, in light of Tomlinson’s recent comments, we want to know who you think had the best solos in 1D. Was it Louis, or did you favor someone else’s big moments? Vote in the poll below!

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Finally, a long-awaited solo deal for the One Direction star has been signed, say sources.

Harry Styles has signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, the same label behind his group One Direction, Billboard has learned. Deal terms are not yet known and there is no timeline for a solo album, say sources. 

The first hints of a Styles solo career came last year, when four songs performed and written by the star were registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Styles is currently filming the Christopher Nolan World War II drama, Dunkirk.

Since the group was formed on The X Factor U.K. in 2010, One Direction racked up four No. 1 albums and one No. 2 album with 2015’s Made in the A.M., all released via Sony Music’s Columbia label in partnership with Simon Cowell’s Syco.

In March, Harry Styles joined the roster of Full Stop Management, the company headed by former CAA executive Jeffrey Azoff. 

Reps for Styles were not immediately available for comment.  - Billboard

One Direction's Niall Horan: Soundtrack of My Life

On ‘Made in the A.M.,’ Horan is most proud of 'Never Enough’: 'It was kind of a new sound that we had never tried before’

One Direction’s fifth album, Made in the A.M., hits retailers on Friday — and to celebrate the massively popular boy band’s last album before going on a hiatus, EW caught up with the group to learn about the songs, albums, and artists that have inspired them over the years. We’ve already heard from Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, and below, Niall Horan shares his picks. Check back Thursday for Liam Payne.

When Niall Horan first hit the The X Factor U.K. stage in 2010, performing Ne-Yo’s “So Sick,” he received mixed reviews from the judges’ panel. It was thanks to guest judge Katy Perry, who insisted he just needed time to grow, that he made the cut.

Now, in One Direction, Horan easily stands as most improved, having clearly worked over the years to perfect his singing, guitar-playing, and songwriting, effortlessly picking up a number of Zayn Malik’s vocals when he left the group back in March. On Made in the A.M., Horan boasts not just songwriting and composing credits — “I’m always kind of puttering around the studio,” Horan tells EW — but instrumental credits, as well. Below, he shares the musical inspirations that led to his contribution to the band’s most expertly executed record to date.

THE ARTISTS THAT HAVE MOST INSPIRED ME: The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac

“My favorite band of all time is The Eagles. They’ve influenced me in the stuff I listen to now and the way I write,” says Horan, adding that listeners should keep an ear out for some of that inspiration Made in the A.M.

Horan also cites Fleetwood Mac as a major influence — as does bandmate Harry Styles — to which the dreamy chorus in “What a Feeling,” released Wednesday, stands in testament.

THE SONGS I WISH I HAD WRITTEN: “Hotel California” and “Desperado” by The Eagles, “Imagine” by John Lennon, and “I Got a Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas

Horan says that there are “plenty” of songs that he wishes he had written himself, but once again, The Eagles take center stage for “Hotel California” and “Desperado.” He also cites John Lennon’s “Imagine.” “Just great melodies, great songs,” he says, adding with a laugh that he doesn’t know the lyrics offhand, so, “Please don’t read too much into that. I don’t know, I could have gotten that wrong, here.”

He also jokes — or maybe not? — that he wishes he had written “I Got a Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas, which was “the song of the summer when I was about 14.”

THE SONGS I’M MOST PROUD OF: “Never Enough,” “Don’t Forget Where You Belong”

Horan insists this isn’t his choice just because he wrote it, but “Never Enough” is the song he’s most proud of on MITAM.“It was kind of a new sound that we had never tried before and I had never really written in that sound, either. When you hear the song you’ll know what I mean, ” he explains. “It’s very different. I was happy with the way we had written it, and the way we came about it. We were just on the piano one night in Julian [Bunetta, writer-producer]’s house, and we were sitting around and having a couple of beers and then it just kinda popped up on the piano and it’s now played by trumpets. So, when things like that happen, you feel proud.”

He adds that “Don’t Forget Where You Belong” is the track he’s most proud of from the previous four 1D albums. No big surprise for concertgoers — in live shows, Horan used to precede the Midnight Memories track with a speech expressing his gratitude for how far they’ve come, while reminding fans that the band has not forgotten their roots. The song, written by Horan along with frequent tour openers McBusted, “gets a good reaction during [live] shows, and yeah, when I was writing it there was a lot of sentiment behind it.”

MY GO-TO KARAOKE JAM: “With You” by Chris Brown and “I Want It That Way” Backstreet Boys

“I have a few [go-to karaoke songs]. I never give back the mic once I start,” Horan admits. “I always sing Chris Brown’s ‘With You’ for some reason. I remember singing that in a talent show when I was about 14. And then of course, you can’t step away from Backstreet Boys, either. ‘I Want It That Way.’ ” Boy-band game recognize boy-band game.

THE FIRST SONG I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC: Songs from Oliver!

Brown’s “With Love” was an early public performance for Horan — “I’m very R&B, as you can tell,” he jokes — but prior to that, he participated in a school production of Oliver! when he was “around 10,” so, “a few songs from that.”

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One Direction: History to be third single off Made in the A.M. | EW.com

One Direction announced Monday that “History” will be the third single from the band’s fifth album, Made in the A.M, despite revealing back in November that “Infinity” would follow “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect.”

In a tweet, the band explained that the choice was made due to the massively positive fan reaction that followed the band’s performance on the finale of The X Factor U.K. on Sunday. One has to wonder what might happen to the music video that was reportedly shot — earlier this month, fans circulated what appeared to be a notice of filming.

“Infinity” had already been released as a promotional single back in September, and “History” is a more fitting choice for a single now that the band is officially on hiatus: The song is about the relationships within the band as well as an ode to the fans who launched them to stratospheric success.

“We’ve all been through this together and we’ll never forget it but also we’ve been in this relationship with the fans,” Louis Tomlinson previously told EW. Liam Payne echoed his bandmate’s sentiments in conversation with EW, describing the song as a “modern version” of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” adding, “More than anything, the song is about the way the fans and everyone have created this massive thing — One Direction — over the past five years.”

The song was written and composed by Payne, Tomlinson, John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, and Ed Drewett. The chorus was recorded with the help of a few lucky fans who were taken into the studio by Bunetta and Niall Horan. “That was actually my idea,”Payne previously said . He wasn’t able to go himself, but “it was nothing personal,” he joked. “It’s really great because obviously that song is mainly about the fans and what they’ve done; I think it was important that they were a part of it, to close the album.”

And now, the fans are a part of what Payne described as “a little bit of closure for this chapter of One Direction.”

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Simon Cowell Says Fifth Harmony Will Perform on ‘AGT,’ One Direction ‘I Don’t Think We’ll See As A Group For A While’
When you get Simon Cowell to join “America’s Got Talent” as a judge, you get much more than snarky comments — the music mogul also comes with an impressive rolodex of stars.…
By Elizabeth Wagmeister

When you get Simon Cowell to join “America’s Got Talent” as a judge, you get much more than snarky comments — the music mogul also comes with an impressive rolodex of stars.

Two of Cowell’s biggest discoveries are One Direction and Fifth Harmony, both of which were formed on his “X-Factor” franchise. The U.K. global sensation was formed on the British “X-Factor,” and the chart-topping girl band was put together on the American version of “The X-Factor.” Both groups signed with Cowell’s label, Syco Records.

Cowell, who joined “AGT” as a judge this season, says Fifth Harmony will come onto the NBC series to perform this summer. One Direction, however is in the midst of a hiatus, and will not.

“We’ll have Fifth Harmony definitely this year because they’ve got an album coming out,” Cowell told Variety in a recent interview, referring to their second studio album “7/27,” which was released in late May. “It will be fantastic to have them on the show.”

Cowell continued, “One Direction I don’t think we’ll see as a group for a while now, if I’m being honest with you. But the girls, definitely.”

Cowell’s comments on One Direction refer to the group’s current hiatus, which began earlier this year and is expected to last about 18 months — but has been rumored to be a breakup. In March 2015, the band dwindled from five members to four with the departure of Zayn Malik, who left to focus on his solo career. One Direction’s fifth studio album, “Made in the A.M.,” released in late 2015, was the first without Malik. The group consists of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, and the foursome has assured fans that they are not splitting up, despite conflicting buzz.

As for Fifth Harmony, the five-member pop group — Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui — is in the midst of promoting their new album, fresh off their platinum single “Work From Home.”

BILLBOARD: Zayn Malik's Solo Plans, One Direction's Future Course: Inside the Band's Sony Contract

Three days into a four-person tour, two hours after playing to a stadium of 43,000 fans in Jakarta and just eight minutes past ­midnight, One Direction made an announcement that would send millions of teenagers into hysterics. Zayn Malik was leaving the band “to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight,” as the singer said in an official statement on March 25.

Malik’s departure didn’t come as a complete surprise (he had announced a brief hiatus from the band’s current tour on March 19 due to “stress”), nor is it unprecedented (the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys both had members exit at the height of their popularity). But it’s a troubling sign that even 1D’s record-breaking four-year run may soon come to an end after its current stadium tour (it wraps in the United Kingdom on Oct. 31) and upcoming fifth album (expected in the fourth quarter through Syco/Columbia). It also brings into question Malik’s contractual status as one-fifth of the X Factor U.K.-born prefab group.

Richard Griffiths, One Direction’s manager at London-based Modest Management, confirms to Billboard that “nothing changes on the tour,” which will spend two months and 25 dates in North America starting July 9. That’s good news for promoters Live Nation and Creative Artists Agency, as 1D finished 2014 as the top touring act in the world with total gross ticket sales of more than $290 million and attendance of 3,439,560 from 69 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore. Reps for the band and labels Columbia and Syco declined further comment.

But while ticket sales remain sturdy, the group’s chart momentum has slowed since the release of Four last November. Although the set debuted at No. 1 on theBillboard 200 (making 1D the only group in the chart’s 59-year history to have its first four albums bow in the top slot), it has yet to generate a top 10 hit, with lead single “Steal My Girl” peaking at No. 13 and second single, “Night Changes,” petering out at 31 (a label rep says no further single releases are planned at this time). In total, the group has sold 6.5 million albums in the United States, according to Nielsen Music; 2012 debut Up All Night is its biggest at 2 million.

Still, that’s a covetable track record – and Billboard’s forthcoming 2014 Money Makers list, an annual compilation of the top earners in U.S. recorded music and touring, will report One Direction at No. 1 for the first time, with a total take of $42 million. That’s why Malik’s label management team has already positioned him for a future as a solo act: Malik is signed to Syco as a group member and individually. A “leaving member clause” in the band’s deal allows the act to continue as a foursome, and it also offers the label the option to pick up Malik’s contract as a solo artist.

By Malik’s own admission to U.K. newspaper The Sun, a solo career looks to be in the cards and the singer is currently working with British producer Naughty Boy in a London studio.

The remaining 1D four-piece still owes two more albums to Sony as part of a three-album renewal inked in 2013. Beyond that, “the theory is, because there are fewer members in the group, the label should pay less [of an advance for future work] because they’re likely to be less viable,” explains attorney Doug Davis, principal at The Davis Firm, whose clients include Lil Jon and Swizz Beatz. “But if Zayn is properly represented, he will negotiate a more substantial solo deal than the percentage he’s entitled to as part of a group.”

Malik had been withdrawn from the band for months, suffering from what one source calls “terrible anxiety” (for which he allegedly took medication) and dropping out of a key promotional appearance for Four on NBC’s Today in Orlando, Fla., in fall 2014. “There have been rumors of substance abuse,” hintedToday host Matt Lauer of Malik’s illness excuse. Indeed, another source contends, “Zayn wasn’t sick when he missed Orlando … he’s had one foot out the door since then.” Offers a third, well-placed insider: “He just didn’t want to do it anymore.”

But for every short-lived post-boy band solo project (Jordan Knight, Nick Carter,Joe Jonas), there’s plenty of success stories (Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake) to bode well for Malik’s next path. Johnny Wright, who currently manages Timberlake and has worked with Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, The Jonas Brothersand New Kids On The Block at various stages in their respective careers, says, “My advice to him would be always leave an open door with the band, so that there’s a time in the future for him to develop and find himself but always leave that door open so that he can come back.”

Jayne Collins, the creator and first manager of prefab British group The Wanted, adds, “I don’t think Zayn is going to hide under a rock – I think he’ll do his own solo thing. I would imagine he just wants to be in control of his own destiny.”

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Zayn Malik's Solo Plans, One Direction's Future Course: Inside the Band's Sony Contract

Three days into a four-person tour, two hours after playing to a stadium of 43,000 fans in Jakarta and just eight minutes past ­midnight, One Direction made an announcement that would send millions of teenagers into hysterics. Zayn Malik was leaving the band “to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight,” as the singer said in an official statement on March 25.

Malik’s departure didn’t come as a complete surprise (he had announced a brief hiatus from the band’s current tour on March 19 due to “stress”), nor is it unprecedented (the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys both had members exit at the height of their popularity). But it’s a troubling sign that even 1D’s record-breaking four-year run may soon come to an end after its current stadium tour (it wraps in the United Kingdom on Oct. 31) and upcoming fifth album (expected in the fourth quarter through Syco/Columbia). It also brings into question Malik’s contractual status as one-fifth of the X Factor U.K.-born prefab group.

Richard Griffiths, One Direction’s manager at London-based Modest Management, confirms to Billboard that “nothing changes on the tour,” which will spend two months and 25 dates in North America starting July 9. That’s good news for promoters Live Nation and Creative Artists Agency, as 1D finished 2014 as the top touring act in the world with total gross ticket sales of more than $290 million and attendance of 3,439,560 from 69 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore. Reps for the band and labels Columbia and Syco declined further comment.

But while ticket sales remain sturdy, the group’s chart momentum has slowed since the release of Four last November. Although the set debuted at No. 1 on theBillboard 200 (making 1D the only group in the chart’s 59-year history to have its first four albums bow in the top slot), it has yet to generate a top 10 hit, with lead single “Steal My Girl” peaking at No. 13 and second single, “Night Changes,” petering out at 31 (a label rep says no further single releases are planned at this time). In total, the group has sold 6.5 million albums in the United States, according to Nielsen Music; 2012 debut Up All Night is its biggest at 2 million.

Still, that’s a covetable track record – and Billboard’s forthcoming 2014 Money Makers list, an annual compilation of the top earners in U.S. recorded music and touring, will report One Direction at No. 1 for the first time, with a total take of $42 million. That’s why Malik’s label management team has already positioned him for a future as a solo act: Malik is signed to Syco as a group member and individually. A “leaving member clause” in the band’s deal allows the act to continue as a foursome, and it also offers the label the option to pick up Malik’s contract as a solo artist.

By Malik’s own admission to U.K. newspaper The Sun, a solo career looks to be in the cards and the singer is currently working with British producer Naughty Boy in a London studio.

The remaining 1D four-piece still owes two more albums to Sony as part of a three-album renewal inked in 2013. Beyond that, “the theory is, because there are fewer members in the group, the label should pay less [of an advance for future work] because they’re likely to be less viable,” explains attorney Doug Davis, principal at The Davis Firm, whose clients include Lil Jon and Swizz Beatz. “But if Zayn is properly represented, he will negotiate a more substantial solo deal than the percentage he’s entitled to as part of a group.”

Malik had been withdrawn from the band for months, suffering from what one source calls “terrible anxiety” (for which he allegedly took medication) and dropping out of a key promotional appearance for Four on NBC’s Today in Orlando, Fla., in fall 2014. “There have been rumors of substance abuse,” hintedToday host Matt Lauer of Malik’s illness excuse. Indeed, another source contends, “Zayn wasn’t sick when he missed Orlando … he’s had one foot out the door since then.” Offers a third, well-placed insider: “He just didn’t want to do it anymore.”

But for every short-lived post-boy band solo project (Jordan Knight, Nick Carter,Joe Jonas), there’s plenty of success stories (Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake) to bode well for Malik’s next path. Johnny Wright, who currently manages Timberlake and has worked with Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, The Jonas Brothersand New Kids On The Block at various stages in their respective careers, says, “My advice to him would be always leave an open door with the band, so that there’s a time in the future for him to develop and find himself but always leave that door open so that he can come back.”

Jayne Collins, the creator and first manager of prefab British group The Wanted, adds, “I don’t think Zayn is going to hide under a rock – I think he’ll do his own solo thing. I would imagine he just wants to be in control of his own destiny.”

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Harry Styles Signs Recording Contract With Columbia: Exclusive

Finally, a long-awaited solo deal for the One Direction star has been signed, say sources.

Harry Styles has signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, the same label behind his group One Direction, Billboard has learned. Deal terms are not yet known and there is no timeline for a solo album, say sources.

The first hints of a Styles solo career came last year, when four songs performed and written by the star were registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Styles is currently filming the Christopher Nolan World War II drama, Dunkirk.

Since the group was formed on The X Factor U.K. in 2010, One Direction racked up four No. 1 albums and one No. 2 album with 2015’s Made in the A.M., all released via Sony Music’s Columbia label in partnership with Simon Cowell’s Syco.

In March, Harry Styles joined the roster of Full Stop Management, the company headed by former CAA executive Jeffrey Azoff.

Reps for Styles were not immediately available for comment.

Zayn Malik & Dick Wolf Developing NBC Series ‘Boys’ Inspired by One Direction

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik is developing a scripted series with NBC, inspired by his own life and experiences in the boy band, Variety has learned.

Titled “Boys,” the drama hails from super-producer Dick Wolf and his wife Noelle Wolf. Sherri Cooper Landsman and Jennifer Levin, co-creators of the CW’s “Beauty and the Beast,” will write the project.

“Boys” follows the formation of a hugely successful boy band and captures all the excitement, competition and fun, but also provides an inside look into the pressure that follows.

“Dick Wolf is a legend and the opportunity to work with him and NBC to create a compelling drama series is awesome,” said Malik.

Noelle Wolf first brought the project to NBC with Unigram’s Amanda Ghost, Gregor Cameron and First Access Entertainment’s Sarah Stennett. Stennett will serve as executive music producer and will manage all music rights created in the series, in partnership with NBCUniversal. The Wolfs will serve as executive producers along with Malik, Ghost, Cooper Landsman, Levin and Peter Jankowski. Cameron will serve as co-executive producer.

“We were intrigued by the synergistic potential that Zayn brings to the project. ‘Boys’ will be a show that’s totally integrated on broadcast and digital platforms. Casting and original music will be major components, giving the show promotional potential on multiple levels,” said Noelle Wolf.

“It’s exciting to be diving into this project with such passionate and prolific producers,” commented Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. “Zayn certainly brings an authentic point of view to this world where kids are catapulted into fame at a dizzying speed. On top of our excitement around the creative ideas being discussed, we have a lot of respect for the musical and digital ambitions behind the project.”

The project marks a foray into a new, lighter genre for Wolf who is at the helm of the ever-expanding “Chicago” franchise, now with four series on NBC’s slate, and the long-running procedural “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” The Zayn Malik project marks Wolf’s sixth potential scripted series at the network.

Unigram, founded by Ghost, Cameron and Len Blavatnik, is a film, television and multimedia production company that works on film, TV and alternative media properties that feature music as a central character.

First Access Entertainment, a joint venture between Sarah Stennett and Access Industries, focuses on talent development, brand development and representation, recording artists and songwriters, and rights exploitation across the music, entertainment and fashion industries.

Malik rose to prominence on “The X Factor” in the U.K. when Simon Cowell formed the boy band One Direction, along with Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson. The English singer departed One Direction in March 2015 to focus on his solo career, and since released his chart-topper “Pillow Talk” and became the first British male artist to debut at no.1 in both the U.K. and the U.S. with his debut single and album.

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The Gamble to Save One Direction: Why They Need This Break
When Zayn Malik abruptly left One Direction, the biggest boy band in the world faced a crisis of ...

When Zayn Malik abruptly left One Direction, the biggest boy band in the world faced a crisis of epic proportions.

Zayn had been unhappy for a while, the extent of his woes an open secret among the group’s inner circle. He felt trapped on the hamster wheel that was the group’s grueling schedule of performances andPROMOTIONAL appearances. In the end, it had become unbearable for him so, while his departure was heartbreaking, ultimately it was the best decision for everyone.

But still, his exit rocked the band to the core and set off panic alarms for the tightknit team that surrounds Niall HoranLiam PayneHarry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. What if his fleeing was contagious? If Zayn could leave, who might be next? One Direction as a foursome was acceptable, but as a trio…

Unthinkable!

PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” video shoot

“The team knew they had to come up with a solution, an insider tells E! News. "Five yearsDEALING with the kind of schedule they were on, there was a danger it was becoming too much.”

In the weeks that followed Zayn’s dramatic exit, a series of closed-door conversations took place about the future of the band. There was really only one solution. And so, after much deliberation, it was decided once their current tour was over, they would not book any future engagements. They needed a break. 

It was the only way to save One Direction.

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“Literally as soon as one commitment finishes, there seems to be another. It’s as if they always have to be somewhere,” says another 1D insider. “And while the boys love it, it’s a lot.” This decision is a shot in the arm for the band. “It’s the healthiest way for the band toCONTINUE. They needed to slow things down and have some freedom.”

Over the past 36 hours, we have seen a lot of cynical things written about 1D. Some claim this “hiatus” is a ruse and the guys have every intention of quitting. There is even speculation they might be lying to us. Others claim the break is for sinister reasons and that, deep down, they despise one another.

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Well, sorry, haters!ACCORDING to the people I’ve spoken to, nothing could be further from the truth.

“They really do get on well,” insists one source. “They genuinely care about one another. This has been a crazy ride for all of them and they went through it as a family. They are not done working together yet.”

But it wouldn’t be natural if they didn’t have some different interests, right? The sourceCONTINUES, “They met when they were basically kids and have obviously come a long way since then, professionally and personally, so it’s inevitable that their tastes vary. One Direction is a huge part of their life, but they have their own needs as well, they want to explore a bit.”

For the boys, having some time off, means more than just sleeping in without an early morning wakeup call to disturb them—it will also give them space to grow, their first taste of proper freedom as adults with no band commitments.

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“The break will mean they can pursue their own endeavors,” the source says. “This is an exciting time for them creatively and as a group. They love working together and envision a future together but with the freedom to do other things as well.”

We still have at least six months of One Direction goodness to enjoy before Armageddon hits the pop world. They have around 30 tour dates left. And then winter will offer up a smorgasbord of promotional appearances as they release their much anticipated fifth album.

A holiday feast, indeed!

Then it will be spring and time for them to go their separate ways, albeit temporarily according to Niall, Louis and Liam (and presumably Harry, too, he just hasn’t tweeted yet).

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“They are hoping to start talking plans for One Direction 2.0, so to speak, at the end of next year, maybe early 2017,” our insider divulged. “They can then decide on the next step.

"Right now, they have every intention of coming back together. But look, of course there is always a chance that by giving the boys some space, they might enjoy it too much and won’t want to get back together. It’s a gamble, but right now that scenario is far from their minds.

"They need to grow creatively as artists to continue to be happy together. This is a natural progression for them.”

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Next year is going to feel very different for all of the boys. Louis, of course, is going to become a dad. And according to insiders, aside from diaper duty, he’s expected to explore the business side of the industry, maybe even sign up to be on the The X Factor in the U.K. (Aw, where it all began…)

Liam will possibly be songwriting and producing, and Niall has been hanging out with Justin Bieber (possible collaboration alert!).

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For Harry, life is looking just as rosy. He’ll spend some of next year at his Beverly Hills home, located opposite Lisa Vanderpump—so expect to see photos of them swapping cups ofSUGAR and taking in each other’s newspaper when one is on holiday. One report claims he is going to pursue an acting career and, though we haven’t been able to confirm that yet, we are obviously keeping our ears to the ground for more on that one.

What’s certain, meanwhile, is that Hollywood has already fallen for Harry’s charms, and he’s going to spend 2016 in high demand.

READ: 27 things One Direction fans can do to make it through the break

So don’t be sad and, instead, rejoice!

The members of One Direction have made tens of millions of dollars each and they haven’t really had a chance to spend it. The average lifespan, as far as cultural relevance goes, of a boy bander isSHORT. The fact that Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam have survived this long with a schedule rivaled only by a presidential campaign is nothing short of a miracle.

Over the past five years they have performed over 300 times and recorded almost 80 songs. It’sDIZZYING just thinking about how exhausting that must have been.And they managed to do it all in the age of social media, which has blessed them with an army of fans but probably an equalNUMBER of critics.

Naysayers aside, that’s a lot of adoration. But it also equates to a ton of pressure and these lads are good people. The last thing they want is to not be able to give their fans their everything.

I think we allAGREE, they deserve some time off—and just imagine how brilliant the One Direction comeback tour will be.

We can’t wait.

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One Direction's Louis Tomlinson is starting his own record label

Looks like another One Direction member is ready for a change. But before you launch into another day of mourning, don’t worry—he’s not leaving the band.

Louis Tomlinson is starting his own record label imprint under Simon Cowell’s Syco lablel (to which 1D is signed). While ex-mate Zayn Malik hasn’t signed with Tomlinson (yet?), Tomlinson’s currently unnamed label already has its first artist: Jack Walton, U.K. X Factor finalist.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for some time,” Tomlinson said to The Sun. “To be given the opportunity to potentially give new artists a platform is an incredible feeling. I hope to sign some really exciting new artists down the line.” Tomlinson knows how to advocate for other artists’ success: According to Billboard, he and his fellow One Direction members already have a financial stake in fellow boy band 5 Seconds of Summer.

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One Direction Points the Way Forward on Swan Song (For Now) ‘Made in the A.M.’: Album Review
With the sudden departure of Zayn Malik in March, One Direction, one of the ­biggest boy bands in history, officially became a foursome. This naturally bolstered the Beatles comparisons fans have been making since 2011, when these new-millennium long-haired British lads topped the Billboard 200 with their debut album, Up All Night. Their three ­subsequent ­studio LPs also reached No.

With the sudden departure of Zayn Malik in March, One Direction, one of the ­biggest boy bands in history, officially became a foursome. This naturally bolstered the Beatles comparisons fans have been making since 2011, when these new-millennium long-haired British lads topped the Billboard 200 with their debut album, Up All Night. Their three ­subsequent ­studio LPs also reached No. 1, and with “Perfect” – the second single from Made in the A.M., their fifth album – the former X Factor U.K. contestants notched their fifth top 10 debut on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking a record held by the original Fab Four.

Made in the A.M. arrives amid rumors that 1D will take an extended break in 2016 to focus on solo pursuits. But if break actually means breakup, as some have speculated, this new record could be the band’s Abbey Road – the final word from John, Paul, George and Ringo. And believe it or not, the set has some blatantly Beatles-esque moments.

To be clear, Made in the A.M. is not a world-changing record, and 50 years from now, people won’t study the cover photo to see whether Harry Styles – arguably 1D’s dreamiest dreamboat – is sending some secret message with the way he’s sitting. It’s not even the type of top 40 album that poptimist ­tastemakers will deem secretly cool and dare indie kids to like. It does, however, highlight 1D’s many charms – tight harmonies, Ginsu-sharp hooks, a mix of boyish playfulness and melodramatic lover-man anguish – and points a way forward for four talented guys ­looking to transcend pop-rock frivolities like 2011’s “What Makes You Beautiful” and 2013’s “Best Song Ever.”

With these 13 tracks – nine of which the band had a hand in writing – One Direction does maturity much better than on its last album, 2014’s ballad-heavy Four. Here, when the boys once again go trawling the ‘80s for inspiration, they swap ­Journey-style power-schlock for songs like “What a Feeling,” a soulful soft-rocker strong enough to be someone’s third-­favorite Hall & Oates jam. “Walking in the Wind,” from the album’s deluxe edition, is Paul Simon’s Graceland for ­beginners. Best of all: the booming stadium-doo-wop oddity “Never Enough,” which amazingly blends “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” with Phil Collins’ “Sussudio.”

As for Beatles-biting bits: Opener “Hey Angel” pairs ­psychedelic guitars and strings with a kind of John-and-Yoko sentiment (“I wish I could be more like you/Do you wish you could be more like me?”). “Olivia” has the downbeat guitar strokes of “Getting Better” and the whimsical orchestration of “Penny Lane.” The short and sweet acoustic ditty “I Want to Write You a Song” is 1D’s “Blackbird” or “Two of Us.”

No matter what One Direction references, though, the boys wind up sounding like what they are: a prefab 21st-century pop machine whose crack team of producers and writers (most ­notably longtime collaborators Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott and John Ryan) churns out boilerplate love songs that rarely feel personal or look beyond 1D’s vacuum-sealed bubble-gum world. The key ­exceptions are “Perfect” – a cool synth-pop tune Styles ­seemingly co-wrote in response to ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift’s strikingly similar kiss-and-tell “Style” – and “History,” the jaunty acoustic singalong that closes the album’s standard edition. With a ­winking line about “mini-bars, ­expensive cars, hotel rooms and new ­tattoos,” the track is end-credits music capping five years of triumph. “We could be the greatest thing the world has ever seen,” they sing, a little bummed but mostly just excited for what’s next. As we say goodbye, they say hello.

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Billboard: Liam Payne Reminisces About Life-Changing ‘X Factor’ Audition On Sixth Anniversary

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Liam Payne celebrated the sixth anniversary of the X Factor audition that made him one-fifth (later one-fourth) of One Direction on Twitter yesterday. 

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Wow! six years since my audition so much has changed in my life from amazing adventures to life love and happiness thank you for everything

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A 14-year-old Liam auditioned for X Factor (U.K.) back in 2008 and made it to Simon Cowell’s house, but he was unfortunately cut. Two years later, 16-year-old Liam returned to the X Factor stage in baggy jeans and a plain white tee and put a Sinatra-esque spin on Arthur Hamilton’s “Cry Me a River” – and the rest is boy band history.

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Billboard confirmed Louis on X - factor and didn't mention babygate, thank god!

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Louis Tomlinson is coming home.

In this case, home is the U.K. version of The X Factor. The One Direction singer will be helping out Simon Cowell with the judges’ houses stage this year, as willMark Ronson and Meghan Trainor, to determine who makes the live shows,Billboard has confirmed. (The BBC first reported the news.)

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The One Direction star, of course, got his start on the program, when Cowell put five solo singers together to form the group.

The next episode of The X Factor in the U.K. airs Sunday.