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Zayn Malik

Former One Direction member and Pillowtalk vocalist, Zayn Malik, is working with renowned “Law & Order” creator and executive producer Dick Wolf to create a scripted television series about One Direction from his own perspective.

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Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf

The series will be entitled, “Boys.” Malik will be the executive producer and the series will document the formation of the group. “1D,” as they are frequently referred to, got their start on the British “X-Factor” where Malik teamed up with other 1D members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.

NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke had this to say about Malik’s involvement: “Zayn certainly brings an authentic point of view to this world where kids are catapulted into fame at a dizzying speed.” As to this project, Malik said: “Dick Wolf is a legend. The opportunity to work with him and NBC to create a compelling drama series is awesome.”


One Direction
One Direction

One person not happy with the project is One Direction mastermind Simon Cowell.  In learning of the project Cowell said, “‘I do actually believe that when they’ve got these ideas, bearing in mind where we started, they should actually come to me.”

Malik split from the group in 2015 and then dropped his debut album entitled Mind of Mine which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 100 this year. Subsequently, the group sans Malik released Made In The A.M. in November of 2015 and then the group went on a hiatus which continues today.

Zayn’s announcement comes on the heels of his other announcement that he had to cancel an upcoming show on October 7 in Dubai.  In a letter to fans, Zayn wrote:

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“Dear Fans
I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances I feel I am making progress but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward with the planned show in Dubai in October.
I am assured that all tickets will be refunded.
I am truly sorry to disappoint you. I hope to see you all soon.
Thank you to all my fans who support me globally.
With love and respect always,


Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor


“It was about denying the authenticity of who I was, and what I enjoyed about music, and why I got into it.”
Zayn Malik, on his leaving One Direction

This Friday Zayn Malik is poised to release his first solo album (entitled Mind Of Mine) since leaving One Direction and on the eve of this release Malik took a moment to look back–almost introspectively–at what prompted him to free himself as an artist from the grip of a superstar band and go on his own.  Thus, with all the overwhelming success and accolades that those years in 1D brought him, Malik was not himself and that just did not compute. Zayn 2Says Malik:

“There were certain restrictions in terms of the way that we could come outside of that young teen boy look. Mainly my beard, honestly. I wasn’t allowed to keep it. Eventually, when I got older, I rebelled against it, and decided to keep it anyway. That was just because I looked older than the rest of them.”

Another frustrating point for Malik was his ability to speak during interviews.  He said, “It’s nice to have the chance to speak,. Now I get to talk about what I’m passionate about.”

Leaving One Direction was not the only change that Malik made in 2015.  He also split with former fiancee Perry Edwards and in fact, as he puts it, he “fell out of love” with Edwards and that most of his solo album is about their break-up. Zayn 3On writing music, Malik added this:

“I feel like you get creative with things when you can be honest. Whether that’s positive or negative, it can work both ways. If you’re in a really good place, you can write a really good, upbeat song. When you’re in a s**t place you can write a downbeat fucking ballad! That’s just the way it is. But I feel like you can draw good creative things from both.”

But in the end it was his “authenticity” that he found again that made him whole, as a performer.  Malik described that finding like this:

“I believe that success follows authenticity. People see through fake s—. They don’t want to see that; they want a real person. That’s why Kanye [West] is so successful. He’s speaking the truth, regardless of whomever he offends, he isn’t bothered. That’s admirable.”

Malik has just released another track ahead of the release of his upcoming album.  That track is entitled Befour.  Take a listen below:

Depending on your point of view, Malik’s comments on his days in One Direction could be considered offensive or as he says, “ungrateful.”  Conversely, Malik can be seen as an artist just being true to himself and doing what he feels is right while refusing to give into a manufactured and prefabbed project which he found conflicting.  Either way, it seems clear that his days in One Direction are behind him.  He no longer looks the same, sounds the same, or represents the same as he did when he was in one of the world’s biggest pop bands.  Having said that, it’s time to move on and bring your record and your creativity and say what you want to say.  The microphone, the stage, and the floor, are all yours.  Do what you want.  It’s time and it all starts Friday.  Leave the past where it belongs.

Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor

 “Living out of cases,
Packing up and taking off.
Made a lot of changes
But not forgetting who I was.”
Don’t Forget Where You Belong (One Direction)

I need to get something off my chest and I thought about this blog amidst recent rumors involving One Direction’s upcoming “hiatus.”  The rumors–which appear to be relatively accurate–are that the group (i.e., 1D) is taking a one year hiatus to pursue solo careers.  In turn, there are now some saying that their fans are going to see what the 1D members are really like.

One Direction
One Direction

Huh?  What have we been watching for the last 5 years since X Factor? Really like?  What does that mean? I never understood this mind set and to me, this sounds like another instance of established stars seeking to take time to “be themselves” or to distance themselves from what made them popular in the first place.  I have often thought that the idea is somewhat disconcerting. Let me explain.

There are plenty of examples of this “the real me” syndrome however, let’s consider two real popular subjects; Miley Cyrus and David Cassidy.

In Miley’s case her fame stemmed from her portrayal of a character called “Hannah Montana” on the self-titled show which ran from March 2006 to January 2011.

Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana
Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana

In the show Cyrus played the part of a young girl who lived a double identity as a normal girl and as a rock star.  The show’s overwhelming popularity is not even debatable and it really put Cyrus on the map and even employed her father and helped spurn a comeback of his. However, just to put it in perspective let’s talk some stats, shall we?

•In 2006 and 2008 Cyrus was the recipient of a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV actress in a comedy

•In 2007 at the Kids’ Choice Awards Cyrus won Favorite TV actress

•In 2008 Cyrus won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress

•In 2008 Cyrus won in the category of Favorite TV actress at the Kids’ Choice Awards

•The series premiere was the highest in Disney history.

Ok, you get the point.  Following from the above the show only went up from there; in fact, it exploded. Miley, on the other hand, started to take a different course in her real life to the point where audiences (and particularly parents) could no longer reconcile fantasy with reality.  Indeed, the Miley in the show was nothing like the real life Miley.  Although it occurred after the show was concluded remember the 2013 MTV performance with Robin Thicke?

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMAs
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMAs

(Hannah Montana was still on TV via syndication by that time and still very popular).  Also, later that year Cyrus would also host Saturday Night Live and of her former character she would have this to say in her monologue:

“I don’t apologize for my VMAs performance. If I owe anybody an apology, it’s the people who make the bottom half of shirts. There are a few subjects I’m not going to get into tonight: I’m not going to do Hannah Montana, but I can give you an update. She was murdered.”

Well then.  So much for what Hannah Montana did for her.

Let’s switch over to David Cassidy.  Of course Cassidy’s fame was launched by the popular TV sitcom entitled The Partridge Family.

The Partridge Family
The Partridge Family

That show ran less than 4 years and it started in September of 1970 and it ran to March of 1974.  Ironically, Cassidy implemented the same distancing mechanisms that Cyrus would use decades later; rebellion and a denial of what started their career.  Cassidy’s major salvo came when he appeared nude in a cropped photo in 1972 for Rolling Stone magazine care of Ann Leibovitz.

David Cassidy on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1972
David Cassidy on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1972

in Cassidy’s 1994 autobiography, C’mon Get Happy: Fear And Loathing On The Partridge Family Bus, he told the story of how he saw his fame in the 70s including dealing with often frantic and out of control fandom. Cassidy wanted to be a respected musician and he often struggled with the “bubble gum” identity that launched his career. In fact, in 1972 Cassidy would have this to say:

“I’m exploited by people who put me on the back of cereal boxes. I asked my housekeeper to go and buy a certain kind of cereal and when she came home, there was a huge picture of me on the back. I can’t even eat breakfast without seeing my face.”

What followed The Partridge Family days was success but also despair.  Cassidy would later say this:

“I found myself very lost after ‘The Partridge Family,’ and I lost my dad and I lost my manager, and I lived in a bubble, and it took me 15 years to get through that and a lot of psychotherapy, and I’m laughing about it now!”

I myself distinguish Cyrus and Cassidy to some extent.  In Cyrus’ case she embraced the fame and notoriety and then dissed it.

Miley Cyrus hosts SNL
Miley Cyrus hosts SNL

Cassidy kind of did the same thing however, you almost found yourself feeling sorry for Cassidy that he was so successful as Keith Partridge as crazy as that sounds.  Ultimately, Keith Partridge became a horse that Cassidy could no longer control or ride.

Returning to One Direction I have to say that to some extent I respect Zayn Malik for his departure from the band which happened earlier this year.  He recognized that the band was not for him.

Zayne Malik
Zayn Malik

But by the same token, if he knew it was not for him then why did he stay so long?  Was it the money?  The fame?  The attention?

Here’s the point.  Actors, musicians, and entertainers sometimes get cast for a role or find themselves in a band that for whatever reason catapults them to fame.  Sometimes it’s sudden and unexpected.  Sometimes it’s not even wanted in the form it came in.  We all have seen this depending on your interests and tastes. The point is embrace the legacy and the benefits that it brought you and don’t look down on it or distance yourself from it.  It happened.  Yes, it’s not realistic to think that Cyrus could play Hannah Montana at 40 years old or that One Direction will continue for decades but show some respect to the fans who did take it seriously and paid your way. People have the right to change and there is nothing wrong with growing up and deciding to take a different “direction” but just remember where you came from and what took you there.

Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor

You might remember that a while ago we reported on Zayn Malik leaving One Direction.  Since his departure Malik has furthermore encountered some ups and downs.  For example, Malik just endured a recent falling out with Naughty Boy.  More recently, Malik was “dropped” by Cowell’s own Syco Records.  (Syco is actually a joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment).

Don’t fret it though.  Not all is bad in Malik’s world.  Despite the omnipresence of Simon Cowell, Malik has just today announced that he has signed with RCA Records.


The 22-year-old singer posted a pic of him signing the deal on his Twitter account and he Tweeted the following:

“I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA !!”

Moments later that was followed by a Tweet that read: “#REALME”

Cowell reacted by Tweeting this:


‘We have been working on this for a while and I am pleased to say congratulations to @Zaynmalik on signing with @RCARecords.   I believe they are the perfect label for @ZaynMalik’s solo career and I am sure whatever they release together will be special.”

The underlying sentiment appears to indicate that despite an apparent parting of the ways away from Cowell that this move really isn’t that at all.  In fact, it looks more like a reorganization in that it was awkward to have One Direction and Malik on the same label.  This would be consistent with Malik’s change in management and legal team.  Hence, a change in label.  However, this would also be consistent with the fact that RCA is the American recording label of. . . . . . you guessed it: Sony Music Entertainment.  That’s right, SME, who again, is also a joint venturer with Cowell in Syco.

The point being that this seems more like a lateral move within the same company more than a new beginning with another employer.  Thus, it appears that Cowell again has managed to keep his hand in the pot despite the appearance that he’s bidding best wishes to a budding star heading elsewhere.  Interesting. Seems like everyone here is moving in the same direction after all.

Malik Safe For Now


Former 1D member Zayn Malik will remain, for now, with Syco Music, according to the British music label founded by Simon Cowell.  Earlier in the week reports were indicating that Malik might be jettisoned from the Sony label.  In fact, a spokesperson for the label stated that “Zayn is still with Syco.”


It has certainly been an eventful year for Malik following his departure from One Direction and more recently, his spat and apparent fallout with Naughty Boy.  At least Malik still has a label to call home.

Duran Duran To Release New Album

Duran Duran, the epic English pop/rock band, is slated to release a new album entitled Paper Gods with the record being due out on September 11.  DD is still led by 56-year-old frontman Simon Le Bon who is still in full flamboyant mode.  Joining Le Bon the record are drummer Roger Taylor, 55; keyboardist Nick Rhodes, 53; and, bassist John Taylor, 55.  Co-producing on the album is Mark Ronson (a/k/a Uptown Funk/Bruno Mars collaborator/Amy Winehouse producer) who had this to say about the band: “They’ve always been so interested in pushing the envelope,  We think of [their hits] as bubbly pop tunes, but they were the first to use drum and vocal samplers.”  Also assisting on the new record are Nile Rodgers, Janelle Monae, John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and even actress Lindsay Lohan, who provides a spoken-word interlude on a track called Danceophobia.

Check out this track entitled Pressure Off which will be on the upcoming album:


Luke Bryan Goes Mobile. . . . .App



A new mobile app will put fans closer to Country Girl performer and country star Luke Bryan.  The app will feature live streaming and interactive features.  The app will be available July 24 on iTunes and Google Play. Said Bryan:

“You’re going to be able to have interactive experiences with it, find out what I am up to, find new videos, special content, even new songs.”

Costing $1.99 per month, or $22.99 per year, the app will also provide fan chats and messaging, e-commerce and a special prize experience for one lucky fan, according to the app developer, Disciple Media.








Some time ago we reported on Zayn Malik quitting his gig with mega boy band One Direction.  Since then some Directioners and fans of the new Zayn have anxiously awaited Malik’s next tune or record, or both.  Now, an apparent falling out has broken out between Malik and Naughty Boy (the music producer that Zayn began working with following 1D) because apparently the latter simply couldn’t wait any longer.  We are referring to the leak of a portion of the video of Malik’s cover of Rae Sremmurd’s No Type which was apparently uploaded on Naughty Boy’s Snapchat yesterday.  In response, just this morning, Malik had this to say about it on his Twitter page:


“Someone learned how to upload a video… maybe now he should learn how to use logic ha you ain’t shit but a faker”

About one minute later Malik added this Tweet:

@NaughtyBoyMusic you fat joke stop pretending we’re friends no one knows you.”

Malik’s tweets caused the hashtag #ZAYNHASNOCHILL to trend worldwide this morning.



Here’s the point.  Nothing is perfect; we all agree on that.  But as we all know the grass is not often greener on the other side even though we think it often is.  So, 1D is moving ahead on another world tour and plotting their fifth studio album under the tutelage of Simon Cowell.  Zayn, on the other hand, has another internet debacle with a producer who was going to help him be who he really is after he left the mega group.  Zayn has a long way to go and no doubt he’s talented and he should eventually land on his feet.  But, you could have stayed in 1D and engaged in a sideshow like this in your spare time and not blown off the gig of a lifetime.  That then begs the question, is the grass really greener over there?




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