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The Ranking Of One Direction's Solo Album Sales Are Savage

One sold 27 times more than another.

Looks like One Direction have gone in separate directions.

Every massive boyband has a legend to come out of it; there was Justin Timberlake from *NSYNC, Robbie Williams from Take That and Ronan Keating from Boyzone. Subsequently, every boyband also sees other musicians to come out of it, but to a lesser degrees of success, these would include: Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, JC Chasez from *NSYNC and Nick Lachey from 98 Degrees. And then, there are the rest of them; those who don’t really do well… Like, at all.

One Direction was – at one point – the biggest band in the whole world. But now that we’re almost a decade past their peak, the boys have found success on their own. So now that they’ve all put out solo albums (as Loius released his debut album last week), we can rank them against each other to see who outdid who. Allow us to present to you; Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik ranked, in the number of albums sold in their first week, in the U.S.

If you’re a big fan of One Direction, we had a good ol’ yarn about Liam Payne’s debut album on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Harry Styles – ‘Harry Styles’ – 230k Units Sold

No surprises here. Harry Styles is the icon to come out of One Direction. Absolutely annihilating expectations with his debut album, this star has found more success post-1D than before. The critical and commercial acclaim of ‘Sign of the Times’ has even been beaten by singles on his sophomore effort like ‘Watermelon Sugar’ and ‘Adore You’. 

Zayn Malik – ‘Mind of Mine’ – 157k Units Sold

Zayn’s departure of One Direction was bold at the time. It felt as if the R&B singer was racing to be the first solo performer from the band, to ride the wave of hype whilst showing more personality. And it kind of worked. ‘PILLOWTALK’ is one of the most successful singles, if not the most known single from an ex-1D member. Further, he’s seen other chart successes like ‘Dusk Til Dawn’ and ‘Trampoline’. 

Niall Horan – ‘Flicker’ – 152k Units Sold

Okay, now we’re starting to enter the mid-tier of One Direction stars. Since Zayn went for R&B, Harry went for Alternative Rock, Liam went for Dance R&B and Louis went for EDM, it allowed Naill to carve out his own path in singer-songwriter pop. Channelling Ed Sheeran on his debut single ‘This Town’ and following it up with the infectious bop, ‘Slow Hands’, this Irish-singer’s debut was inoffensive and pleasant. 

Louis Tomlinson – ‘Walls’ – 39k Units Sold

So, the One Direction hype has very much slowed down, with some kids being vocal about not knowing who they are. Thus, the timing for this debut record wasn’t exactly the greatest. Regardless, he didn’t perform the worst out of the boys. 

Liam Payne – ‘LP1’ – 9.5k Units Sold

Poor Liam. After pumping out radio-friendly hits like ‘Strip That Down’ and ‘Stack It Up’, things were looking promising for the ex-1D star. But, as controversy surrounded his song ‘Both Ways’ for being “biphobic”, the press surrounding the album launch wasn’t exactly positive. Hence, selling under 10k units in its first week, and debuting at #111 on the Billboard 200. Yikes.

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Kesha Has Been Ordered To Pay Up In Her Case Against Dr Luke

It’s all over a text sent to Lady Gaga.

A New York judge has ruled that Kesha’s comments regarding Lukas Gottwald – better known as Dr Luke, her former music producer – were defamatory. The comments in question go back to a text message Kesha sent to Lady Gaga, claiming that Dr Luke raped Katy Perry. 

Dr. Luke’s legal team argued that the text messages sent to Gaga were made to bolster Kesha’s own accusations against him.

To top it off, Kesha has been ordered by New York State Supreme Court Judge Jennifer G. Schecter to pay Dr. Luke over $US373,000 in interest, because she still owes him $US1.3 million in royalties.

According to court documents, “publication of a false statement to even one person, here Lady Gaga, is sufficient to impose liability.”

The judge also said “Kesha made a false statement to Lady Gaga about Gottwald that was defamatory per se… There is no evidence whatsoever that Gottwald raped Katy Perry… Moreover, publication of a false statement to even one person, here Lady Gaga, is sufficient to impose liability.”

The long-running legal case between Kesha and Dr Luke goes back to 2014. Kesha accused him of sexually and emotionally abusing her, but she dropped the case in 2016. A year later, Dr Luke sued Kesha for defamation.

But this isn’t the end for Kesha. In a statement, her legal team said they will “immediately appeal” the February 6 court decision.

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MAFS Lessons: Never, Ever, Ever Force Chemistry

Don't be an Amanda.

Welcome back to MAFS Lessons. Today, things are taking a sciency turn, as we focus on chemistry. Like any good experiment, chemistry is everything. Sometimes it works but there are times when it doesn’t. Allow us to explain to you why you should never, ever, ever, ever force chemistry, by analysing the MAFS contestants.

If you’re a big fan of Married At First Sight, make sure you check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Before we start, make sure you have all the appropriate safety equipment. We would like to welcome any piece of protective gear.

Great, now we can proceed. Let’s learn. You should never force chemistry:

If They Have Different Vales

Some people are sensitive about things that you might not care about. You shouldn’t feel like you need to change yourself to make room for someone else in your life. There’s a difference between working through a disagreement and forcing your fundamental differences to mesh. Take Hayley and David for example. After Hayley made a sly dig at David’s hourly wage, it became the core issue that drove a wedge between the two. It meant a lot to David, it didn’t to Hayley, and now they’re sleeping in separate beds.

If They’re Dropping Hints

Some people like forming relationships and bonds, some people like reading books about that. If we look at Amanda & Tash’s honeymoon, we can see hints being dropped that Tash is not interested. Tash shows up late to meet Amanda, she would rather read a book than talk to her and she opts for solo activities like yoga than group ones. Bottom line, she’s dropping hints that she’s not keen. Don’t force chemistry, because it’s not going to work out in the long run.

If They Need Intense Distractions

Sometimes people need to be distracted from their problems and regular distractions just won’t cut it. Sometimes you need to dangle the fear of death in front of you, just to escape from your problems. Let’s look at Natasha and Mikey. As soon as Mikey became aware that his new partner’s routine doesn’t mesh with his laid-back style, he takes the dangerous plunge into abseiling. Similarly, when Poppy can’t stop thinking about her absent kids, she embarks on a hot air balloon ride. Did we mention she’s afraid of heights? Crisis averted, more like crisis delayed. 

If They Don’t Want To Talk To You

When someone is clearly uncomfortable, don’t prod them and force them to talk. Don’t steamroll someone when they don’t give you an answer that you’re looking for, that’s totally uncool. If you don’t want to be with someone, get the hell out of there. There are plenty of fish in the sea!

Chemistry doesn’t need to be forced, it comes naturally, just look at Cathy and Josh.

At the end of the day, chemistry is important for a relationship to thrive and when it’s not there, the hotels are the only people that are winning. Catch you back next week for another MAFS lesson.

If you haven’t done your MAFS homework, make sure you catch up on previous lessons. So far, we’ve learnt how to not make a fool of yourself when there are cameras around, how to meet people in a socially acceptable way and also how crappy friends can ruin a relationship.

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