Simon Cowell's latest boyband want to fix your broken 1D hearts. Watch ⇓⇓⇓
A rising boyband performs a little a capella and answers our pressing questions.
Shortly after their Teen Choice Awards performance, Simon Cowell's latest boyband stopped by Popdust's New York offices to perform an a cappella version of "Would You Mind," beatboxing the tight beat of their debut single into a handclap symphony of pop perfection.
While you were busy crying profusely about the breakup of the only band of the 21
st century that mattered (you know the one, guys), the impresario behind Fifth Harmony and Little Mix, along with our good friends Liam, Harry and Zayn (team Zayn forever), was busy putting together another band of alarmingly cute boys in order to fill the void in our collective hearts. As you can see above, I bring good news: that band is PRETTYMUCH and the boys are alarming. They are, ahem: Austin Porter, Brandon Arreaga, Edwin Honoret, Nick Mara and Zion Kuwonu.
But Cowell's acumen is largely where the surface level comparisons with One Direction ends. Their debut single, which they performed live for the first time earlier this month at the Teen Choice Awards and was, admittedly, penned by the some of the same people behind "What Makes You Beautiful" as well as "One More Night" and "Can't Feel My Face" is a burst of the kind of pure Backstreet Boys adrenaline that pop music hasn't heard since the early Bush administration.
But will these handsome lasses from the States be able to the fill the anglophile dreams of many an earnest teen?
The band also stayed around to give some of their opinions on the leading issues of the day. Fidget spinners: did they really make any sense? What about that Leonardo DeCaprio? Does ol' Jack Dawson still resonate with today's teens?
Catch our conversation below:
Current owner Jeff Lowe claims there are bodies, including "a young American Indian boy," buried on the property
It was recently reported that Carole Baskin had been awarded the property of the Tiger King Zoo—formerly the G.W. Zoo—in Wynnewood, Oklahoma after a judgment found in her favor.
As fans of the Netflix docuseries Tiger King will know, her long-standing legal feud with Joe Exotic (AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage, né Shreibvogel) over his violation of the Big Cat Rescue trademark resulted in a million dollar settlement in her favor. But for the most part Exotic managed to dodge paying Baskin through a series of illegal property transfers that temporarily protected his animal park from seizure.
Now that Exotic is in prison for attempting to have Baskin murdered—along with illegal animal trafficking and several violations of the Endangered Species Act—a judge has finally ruled that the park is hers, and she will be taking over ownership of the 16-acre property later this year. But Jeff Lowe—the park's current owner and the personification of a mid-life crisis—insists that there are no hard feelings, saying, "She deserves this property."
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The singers magnetic hit, which debuted at No. 1 on this day in 1967, still fiercely resonates
On this day in 1967, Aretha Franklin's "Respect" debuted at No.1 on the U.S. charts. The Otis Redding re-imagining would become the definitive song of the 1960's Civil Rights and Feminist Movements.
At just 24-years-old, the soon-to-be Queen of Soul took a song that was a desperate plea for companionship and transformed it into a cutthroat demand for equality. "Come to me for I'm begging, come to me for I'm begging, darling," Redding howls in his version. "Your kisses, sweeter than honey," Franklin croons on her re-imagining almost in direct response. "And guess what? So is my money." When Franklin's version continued to grow in popularity, Redding felt both emasculated and proud. "The next song is a song that a girl took away from me. A good friend of mine." Redding said playfully before diving into his rendition during his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival.