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How Did Kanye West Make History?

4/12/2016 2:06pm EDT
Kanye West Takes 'The Life Of Pablo' To No. 1 On The Billboard 2
Normally, a Kanye West album topping the Billboard 200 isn’t shocking, even if it’s always “kind of a big deal.” In the case of West’s oddly issued The Life of Pablo, the fact that it became eligible to chart on the Billboard 200 is surprising in itself, let alone the fact that in a lackadaisical sales/streaming week, it debuts at no. 1. How is The Life Of Pablo eligible to chart exactly, given the fact it’s not ‘widely available’?

Basically, The Life of Pablo is available ‘enough’, meaning that West is selling the album via his website and Tidal. The Life of Pablo impacted to the tune of ...
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Zayn Malik Makes History As A Solo Artist

4/5/2016 8:31am EDT
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It was inevitable that ZAYN (Zayn Malik) would debut at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. That’s right, as prognosticated, the ex-One Direction member’s debut studio album Mind of Mine debuts atop the charts. According to Billboard, ZAYN’s debut made history, notably being the first UK male artist to debut at no. 1 with album no. 1.

For all the fanfare, how did the numbers stack up? Well, trump the past couple of weeks but still don’t exactly reinvigorate albums sales. Regardless, at least, somebody surpassed the 100,000 mark, something that hadn’t been happening.

ZAYN is the biggest attrac...
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'Mind Of Mine' Scores Big In Great Britain

4/3/2016 9:12am EDT
Zayn Scores Number One Album In Great Britain With 'Mind Of Mine
Following the release of Zayn's smash hit debut single 'Pillowtalk', which was the fastest selling single of 2016 in Great Britain upon its first week of release, his debut album "Mind of Mine" has topped the album charts in the United Kingdom to acclaim from critics and fans alike.

"I want to thank all the fans and my team at RCA and First Access Entertainment for everything they have done to help me start my journey as a solo artist," Zayn remarked via a press release about his success as a solo artist.

"It really is the beginning. I can't believe that I have managed to achieve this as...
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Gwen Stefani Tops Charts Again

3/29/2016 9:29am EDT
Gwen Stefani Takes 'Truth' To The Top Of The Billboard 200
For a second consecutive week, the numbers on the Billboard 200 are modest to put it kindly. Gwen Stefani, to no one’s surprise, landed at no. 1 with her third studio album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like. While Truth gives Stefani her first career solo no. 1 album, the sales/streams aren’t “all that.” Truth impacted to the tune of 84,000 units, with more than 90% of that total comprising of pure sales. Still, the top album sold below the 100,000 copies mark. Ugh! As written in a previous article, This Is What The Truth Feels Like seemed to be underperforming. The numbers confirm the ass...
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How Does ZAYN's Debut Album Stack Up?

3/28/2016 1:37pm EDT
ZAYN Drops An Enjoyable Debut With 'Mind Of Mine'
After exiting boy band One Direction, Zayn Malk – now simply known as ZAYN – hasn’t been quiet about his true feelings about being unsatisfied with the direction of the band. Basically, being a rebellious, vivacious 23-year old, ’s recording career seems to have “only just begun” given the release of his debut solo album, Mind of Mine. Is it worth the time? Yep.

Following an enigmatic intro, makes it clear he’s “not that innocent.”

It’s understandable why some folks are skeptical about “It’s You.” Lyrically it’s not a tour de force. However, the sound of the record definitely gives it...
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New Albums Coming Out This Week

3/22/2016 2:56pm EDT
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March looks to close with a bang in the music world! Friday, March 25, sees a number of new music releases worth checking out. Among artists dropping new albums are K. Michelle (More Issues Than Vogue) and Anthony Hamilton (What I’m Feelin’). Arguably the biggest name might be ex-boy band member Zayn Malik (simply known as Zayn) who drops his debut, Mind of Mine. Throw in some other artists with compelling efforts (Domo Genesis and Asking Alexandria among them), and this week definitely has some oomph.

1) Zayn, Mind Of Mine (RCA)

After exiting One Direction, Zayn Malik returns to the ...
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Zayn: 'I Wanted It To Be More Personal'

3/22/2016 1:28pm EDT
Zayn Malik Drops Last Name, Will Only Go By 'Zayn' From Now On A
Zayn Malik has revealed why he has opted to go by the name of "Zayn" in his solo career.

The singer decided to go with a more streamlined version of his name.

Malik revealed in an interview with Complex Magazine that using one name just feels more natural.

Malik said in the interview, "It just fits me more. I don't know anybody who goes by the first name and their surname with friends and family.

"I wanted it to be more personal I guess in that sense," he continued.

The former One Direction singer has found that in going solo, he has gained a confidence he has never known before.

He ...
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Will Zayn Malik Be A Solo Artist Success?

3/16/2016 7:00pm EDT
What Is Zayn Malik’s Ceiling As A Solo Artist?
Zayn Malik – now simply referred to as Zayn – has become one of pop’s most compelling stories in 2016. Why? Because he’s an ex-boy band member who has been quite honest about his displeasure with the “direction” of the said boy band and he’s dropping his own solo album. So far, Zayn has had a big year ahead of the release of Mind of Mine, which arrives March 25. The question is how high is Zayn’s ceiling, based upon the singles he’s released and his status as an ex-? So far, so good for Zayn seems to be the verdict.

“Pillowtalk” is the pop singer’s biggest claim to fame as a solo artist, d...
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Zayn Malik Face Tattoo... Is It Real?

3/12/2016 1:42pm EST
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Zayn Malik appears to have gotten a new tattoo... on his face. According to Us Weekly, the Pillowtalk singer posted a picture of the apparent new ink on his Instagram account on Friday. The marking is a black outline of a bird with "M.O.M" underneath and is located on Zayn's temple.

Although a fan of tattoos, it is unclear if Zayn actually got a new one on his face, even if that's how it appears. Check out his caption on the pic (below)... was he just doing this as a way to promote his new single?

Like I Would

A photo posted by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on Mar 11, 2016 at 2:35pm PST

Zayn...
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Zayn Malik's Scores Big With Solo Track

2/9/2016 12:25pm EST
Zayn Malik's First Solo Single 'Pillowtalk' Debuts At No. 1 On B
Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik scored his first number one solo track with the tune "Pillowtalk."

The pop singer/songwriter bested his highest charting tune with One Direction when the band scored a number two hit with "Best Song Ever" in 2013.

One Direction has never scored a number one hit on the Billboard chart.

According to Billboard, Malik's "Pillowtalk," is the 25th song ever to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100.

The last to do so, according to Billboard, was Adele's "Hello" back in November of 2015.

"Pillowtalk" also scored huge on the Digital Songs and Streaming Songs chart...
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Check Out Zayn Malik's Sexy 'Pillowtalk' Music Video

1/30/2016 8:36am EST
Zayn Malik Makes Out With Gigi Hadid In 'Pillowtalk' Video
Zayn Malik released his first post-One Direction solo single, "Pillowtalk," on Thursday, with a video that suggests that he and model girlfriend Gigi Hadid are more than just friends.

The trippy video has some NSFW aspects and has some One Direction fans scratching their heads as to just what Malik was getting at in the erotic and definitely not-safe-for-his-younger-1D-fans video.

Smashing guitars, tears of red and black paint, and artfully placed flowers on a nude woman suggest that Malik has clearly shed any remnant of his One Direction image, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Hadid'...
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Zayn Malik: 'I Just Gave It A Go Because It Was There At The Time'

1/28/2016 12:00pm EST
Zayn Malik Says 'I Never Wanted To Be In One Direction'
Zayn Malik revealed in an interview with Apple Music Beats that he "never really wanted to be in One Direction."

"I think I always wanted to go, from like the first year, really. I never really wanted to be there, like in the band," Malik admitted.

"I just gave it a go because it was there at the time, and when I realized the direction we were going in, mind the pun, with the music, I instantly realized it wasn't for me, because I realized I couldn't put any input in."

Malik left the band for good in March of 2015 after realizing once and for all that being in a "boy band" was not the mu...
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Zayn Malik Reveals His Main Reason For Leaving One Direction

1/13/2016 1:10pm EST
Former One Direction Singer Zayn Malik Reveals, 'I Want To Hear
Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik says one of the main reasons he wanted to go solo was to be able to know and embrace his own voice on records.

Malik famously left the boy band in March of 2015, leaving Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan to go at it alone without him.

Malik has not looked back since and says he wants to "realize his own voice."

The singer has since signed with RCA records as a solo act and is due to release an album sometime in 2016.

“My fans are giving me s**t every day,” he says. “Like, ‘Where the f**k is your music? You’ve been at it for ...
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Is Zayn Malik’s Current Relationship Developing Too Quickly?

1/5/2016 10:34am EST
Former One Direction Singer Zayn Malik And Model Gigi Hadid Seen
Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik was spotted in New York City with Gigi Hadid and rumor has it, the two were apartment hunting.

But are the rumors true?

According to a report by E!, the two were spotted around SoHo, visiting apartments that were available for rent.

A source told E! News that while the two were spotted around town together, they were not looking for an apartment to share

The couple's relationship has developed quickly, much to the chagrin of One Direction fans.

Hadid is regularly seen in the company of handsome musicians.

She dated singer Cody Simpson for almost ...
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Gigi Hadid's Friends Have Issues With Zayn Malik

12/2/2015 8:45am EST
Gigi Hadid's Friends Don't Approve Of Her Dating Former One Dire
Gigi Hadid is feeling the wrath of some of her closest friends, who think that the model shouldn't be getting too carried away with her new relationship with former One Direction singer, Zayn Malik.

According to a story published by E!, the couple is still in the brand-new stages of their reported relationship.

"Her friends do not quite understand what the attraction is," said an insider close to Hadid to E!. "He is not her usual type, he doesn't share her sense of humor or ease with people [and] he's a little more self-aware and awkward."

Malik said in an interview with Fader Magazine t...
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Zayn Malik's Photo Associated With ISIS?

11/22/2015 2:01pm EST
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Zayn Malik found himself in the headlines this week after a photo of him was used by the Huffington Post in an article about ISIS. As you can imagine, fans were outraged that Malik's picture was used, even if the outlet wasn't trying to associate the singer with the terrorist group.

According to Hollywood Life, Huff Post has since removed the photo and issued a public apology.

"We apologize for the original image here. Zayn Malik is mentioned in the story, but is obviously not a part of ISIS," read the apology tweet.

Zayn Malik was mentioned in the article because the writer, Jason Link...
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Grammy-Winning Producer Has Nothing But Praise For Zayn Malik

9/17/2015 11:40am EDT
One Direction's Zayn Malik Is A 'Genius" Says Record Producer
Zayn Malik is reportedly a "genius" says record producer Malay.

The Grammy-winning producer, who has worked with Frank Ocean on his album "Channel Orange," took to his Twitter account to laud the former One Direction member.

Malay has also worked with John Legend and Alicia Keys.

Cat's out the bag, it's no secret we've been working. @zaynmalik is pure genius. An artists' artist. A shining star with a genuine ❤️

— Malay (@MalayHo) September 14, 2015

"Cat's out the bag, it's no secret we've been working. @zaynmalik is pure genius. An artists' artist. A shining star with a genuine [hea...
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Is Zayn Malik Dating Disney Star Zendaya?

8/11/2015 2:31pm EDT
Zayn Malik Rebounds From Perrie Edwards With Disney Star Zendaya
Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik seems to have moved on from his broken engagement to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

Reportedly, the solo star has been chatting up Disney darling and former "Dancing with the Star" contestant Zendaya.

According to a report in The Sun, as reported by Yahoo, Malik has been messaging the 18-year-old Disney star since discovering she was interested in making music with him.

"Zayn is talking to a lot of ladies very casually, but Zendaya is the most high-profile," a source said in the Sun story.

"He said they should get in the studio together as they ...
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One Direction & Little Mix Star No Longer Engaged

8/4/2015 2:10pm EDT
Zayn Malik & Perrie Edwards
It's been a heck of a year for Zayn Malik. The singer quit One Direction in March and he just quit his relationship with Perrie Edwards.

According to People.com, Malik split with the Little Mix star in July, just weeks after they reportedly purchased a $4.8 million mansion near London. He also recently wished her a "Happy Birthday" on Instagram.

An insider revealed, "She's been putting on a brave face as Little Mix have had promotion to do, but she's obviously devastated."

The pair got engaged in 2013 and recently spurred rumors that they broke up after Edwards was spotted on bandmate J...
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One Direction Turns 5!

7/24/2015 10:55am EDT
One Direction Celebrates Its Fifth Birthday, Tweets Thanks To Fa
Happy fifth birthday One Direction!

Five years ago on July 23, 2010, five young boys individually graced the stage of Britain's "X Factor" and were told by Simon Cowell, 'You should be a group."

Since then, the band has amassed four top-selling albums: "Up All Night," "Take Me Home," "Midnight Memories" and "Four." They have also won five Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, eleven MTV Europe Music Awards, and nineteen Teen Choice Awards.

They were also proclaimed 2012's "Top New Artist" by Billboard.

The band took to Twitter to celebrate their anniversary, thanking fans and even t...
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One Direction Twitter Feud Over

5/15/2015 9:25am EDT
One Direction Reveals All Is Well Between The Band And Zayn Mali
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson revealed on the "Late Late Show With James Corden" that there are no hard feelings between the band and Zayn Malik after a recent Twitter row.

Making their first TV appearance since Malik quit One Direction, the foursome went on the late-night talk show to discuss the issue, according to a report by the BBC.

Corden asked Tomlinson about the row, and the One Direction singer said the two had finally cleared the air between them. "There was a bit of back and forth, we're on good terms now," Tomlinson said of his relationship with Malik. Watch the complete vid...
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Singer Reveals New Look Following Split From One Direction

4/18/2015 8:37am EDT
Zayn Malik
On Friday night, singer Zayn Malik showed off his newly shaved head in his first public appearance since quitting One Direction.

Malik, 22, is known for his shaggy, long hair but looked quite different with his buzz cut and a nose stud at the Annual Asian Awards in London.

The pop star attended the event with his mother Trisha. He didn't speak with reporters; however, he signed autographs for fans outside the Grosvenor House Hotel.

According to the Daily Star, Malik won the Asian of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to music. It's the first individual award the singer ha...
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Bill Maher Joke Doesn’t Go Over Well With One Direction Fans

4/7/2015 9:01am EDT
Bill Maher Compares Zayn Malik To Boston Marathon Bomber - One D
There are about a zillion reasons to make fun of One Direction - or recent ex-band member Zayn Malik. It's One Direction, people.

But "looks like a terrorist" is definitely not one of them. Unless you're Bill Maher, because the late-night comic drew that very comparison in a recent online-only video- comparing Malik to Dzokhar Tsarnaev, one of the accused Boston Marathon bombers.

"I think after everything we’ve been through, I at least deserved the common respect of being told face to face," Maher said on "Real Time with Bill Maher," speaking to a photo of the former One Direction singer....
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Possible Wedding Alert!

4/2/2015 2:54pm EDT
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Zayn Malik is enjoying his time out of the spolight with fiancee Perrie Edwards, but is their sweet vacation to Italy a ruse for a quickie wedding?

The 22-year-old singer headed off to Italy with Edwards just one week after departing the band One Direction and the two took to Instagram to post some loving photos of their romantic getaway.

Is Malik planning something other than a quick getaway?

Speculation has swirled that the two love birds are perhaps looking to tie the knot early, since he quit the band and jet-set off with Perrie to Italy - with family members in tow.

There is also t...
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Rumor Patrol: The Real Reason Zayn Malik Left 1D & More

3/28/2015 10:00am EDT
Rumor Patrol: Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction Because Of Drug Pr
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction Due To Drug Problem?: Rumor has it that Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction had nothing to do with the fact that he needed some time to rest and find a life for himself outside the band. It's been speculated that Malik's abrupt departure had to do with a deeper drug problem.

Verdict: No Official Comment. Apparently, an insider revealed to Radar Online that Malik ...
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One Direction Star Zayn Malik: 'My Band Has Been Really Supportive'

3/27/2015 1:43pm EDT
Zayn Malik Gives First Interview Since Quitting 1D
Zayn Malik has spoken out for the first time since he announced he was leaving One Direction on March 25. Malik revealed in an interview with The Sun: "I can't do this anymore."

"It is crazy and wild and a bit mad but, at the same time, I've never felt more in control in my life" he admitted. "I feel like I'm doing what's right, right by myself and right by the boys."

"You know, I did try to do something that I wasn't happy doing for a while, for the sake of maybe other people's happiness...And that was mainly the fans. And I only ever tried to do it for the fans, and it was only ever for...
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Harry Styles Tears Up At 1D's Indonesian Concert

3/26/2015 4:53pm EDT
Was Zayn Malik The Reason Harry Styles Cried? (Video)
Harry Styles was caught wiping away tears during One Direction's first official performance as a foursome in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old singer was caught on camera looking very emotional during One Direction's concert, on the same day band mate Zayn Malik officially announced he was quitting the British boy band.

In order to maintain a semblance of control over the situation, Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan tweeted their own messages to fans who were devastated over the shocking news.

Styles took to his Twitter on Wednesday with a simple message...
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Zayn Malik Is Leaving One Direction

3/25/2015 5:11pm EDT
Zayn Malik Quits One Direction; Band To Record New Album Without
Zayn Malik has quit One Direction less than a week after dropping out of the band's tour over rumors that he was cheating on his fiancee, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

Malik, 22, recently made headlines after he was photographed holding a mystery blonde's hand in, Phuket, Thailand. The pressure and criticism prompted his tour exit. A spokesman for the band told Britain's The Sun newspaper that Malik "signed off with stress" to recuperate in the U.K.

Malik has since decided to leave the band for good. He wrote on 1D's official Facebook page: "My life with One Direction has been more th...
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Rumor Patrol: Stories Were True Or False This Week?

3/21/2015 11:00am EDT
Rumor Patrol: Madonna Seduces Justin Bieber, Zayn Malik Leaves O
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Zayn Malik Leaving One Direction For Perrie Edwards?: Zayn Malik, hot on the heels of a cheating scandal involving pictures of Malik posing and holding hands with a fan in Singapore surfaced, sparking cheating rumors. Malik has been engaged to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards for nearly two years.

Verdict: True! Zayn Malik, the “bad boy” of One Direction, has (temporarily?) left the band’s “On the Ro...
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Why Exactly Did Zayn Malik Pull Out Of The One Direction Tour?

3/20/2015 12:27pm EDT
Zayn Malik Quits One Direction Tour Over Allegations He Cheated
Zayn Malik has dropped out of the One Direction tour over rumors that he was cheating on his fiancee. The singer, 22, was photographed holding hands with a mystery blonde's hand in Phuket, Thailand, leading many to speculate that he was being unfaithful to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards.

Malik couldn't handle the stress and criticism, so he pulled out of the tour. Malik posted on Twitter on Wednesay:

I'm 22 years old... I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there's a lot of jealous fucks in this world I'm sorry for what it looks like x

— zaynmalik1D (@zaynmalik) March 18, 2015

The s...
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