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5 Seconds of Summer

On December 3rd 2011, 5 Seconds of Summer played their first gig, at The Annandale Hotel in their native Sydney, Australia. It was their first time together playing as a four-piece. They had to recruit a drummer for the occasion. They had a bass player with no bass guitar, “so I played on an acoustic,” says Calum. “Michael sent me a very detailed Facebook message asking me ‘how would you like to come along and play for 200 screaming fans,’” says the last part of the 5SOS jigsaw to slot into place, drummer Ashton. “I was like, woah, that sounds great, amazing, this guy sounds legit.” In the event, they delivered a covers set to twelve nodding acquaintances. But something happened that night in the Annandale. “We saw what we could be as a band,” says Luke. Just over two years later they have shaped up into the box-fresh pop/rock sound of 2014. The screaming starts here.

From that first night, they began to attack being in a band together with all the gusto of a military operation. Their musical influences converge around the adrenaline-fueled super-rock of turn of the millennium Americana. The first record to excite Luke ever was Good Charlotte’s debut album. “They were just so angry but in the best possible way,” he says. Ashton had two CDs that he would flit between on his discman at school, Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown and The Living End’s White Noise. “I didn’t need anything else,” he says. Calum’s eureka moment was Green Day’s I Need You single (“just perfect. It made me think about everything differently”) and Michael was in thrall to All Time Low. “I used to cut between watching their live DVD and the extras where they were just hanging out, being a gang, getting to do what they loved doing together. I thought: I want that.”

Liam Payne

Liam Payne signed a major record contract with Capitol Records UK in 2016. The star, who sold over 20 million albums as part of One Direction, has been busy in the studio since recording his first solo album.

Liam Payne unveiled his long-awaited debut solo single, ‘Strip That Down’ in May 2017. The track, co-written by Liam, Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, featuring rap sensation Quavo – has gone on to be the biggest-selling solo single from a current member of One Direction. The single has sold over 5 million units to date worldwide and went triple platinum in Australia, double platinum in Canada and Ireland, with platinum status in the USA, UK, Italy, New Zealand and Sweden. A top ten in the US Billboard charts and a number one on the US radio charts, the single hit the top 5 in the UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, and has seen over 623 million streams on to date – with 21 million streams per month on Spotify.

Following on from ‘Strip That Down’, Liam Payne released his second single ‘Bedroom Floor’ in October 2017. The track was co-written by Charlie Puth, Noel Zancanella (OneRepublic, Taylor Swift), J Kash (Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj), Ammar Malik (Kesha, Jessie J), Aaron Jennings and Steve Mac – the acclaimed songwriter who co-wrote Liam’s debut single, ‘Strip That Down’.

Of new single ‘Bedroom Floor’, Liam says:

“I’m so excited to finally release this song. I’ve been working on it for a while and am really happy with how it sounds. It’s a bit different from what you’ve heard from me before, but helps to show where I’m going with my album. It’s very important to me to keep challenging myself, to keep pushing into new areas.”

Liam Payne is set to release his debut album soon – further details to follow.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith is finally back with his highly anticipated sophomore album, ‘The Thrill of It All’ released via Capitol Records in November 2017.

‘Too Good At Goodbyes’, the first single off the new album, saw global success hitting #1 in the UK and Global Spotify Charts, #1 in the UK and US iTunes charts and entering the official UK charts at #1 making it Sam’s sixth UK number one single. ‘The Thrill of It All’ sees Sam once again working alongside close friend and long term collaborator Jimmy Napes as well as the likes of Timbaland, Malay, Jason ‘Poo Bear’ Boyd and Stargate. The album also sees Sam collaborate with unsigned artist, YEBBA for their breath-taking track ‘No Peace’.

In 2018, Sam will embark on his UK and European Arena Tour – his biggest headline shows to date. Commencing in Sheffield, the tour will include dates across the UK, concluding with four dates in London’s O2 Arena. The tour continues across European with shows in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Paris, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, Milan, Verona, Barcelona, and Madrid, finishing his tour in Lisbon’s Altice Arena.

 

It’s been over three years since Sam Smith’s debut album was released, and since then he has become one of the biggest acts on the planet with over 12 million global album sales and an array of impressive awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, three Brit Awards and four Grammy’s, among others.

Sam Smith’s multi-platinum selling album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ debuted at No.1 in the UK charts and No.2 on the US Billboard Top 200 in May 2014.  The album has sold over 11.6 million copies globally, breaking records in America as the highest first week sales for a UK male artist in the SoundScan era, as well as being the only artist in the world in 2014 to sell 1 million albums in both the UK and US.

 

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