Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Pop: New One Direction Single “Fireproof” Here, New Album Coming


One Direction is a boy band that you probably don’t care about. But this morning they announced their new release, the cleverly titled “Four.” Meaning it’s their fourth album. The single is called “Fireproof.” Here it is:


Catchy, huh? It’s good top 40. “Fireproof” has five listed authors. The first two are the most important: group members Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson. Are they the Lennon and McCartney of One Direction? We’ll see. But it is interesting that the group is now having songs written by members since in concert none of them play instruments — except Niall Horan, who sports a guitar for some songs.

The record business is in big trouble right now– the lowest sales numbers ever are being posted on the CD and digital download charts. The higher “sales” are for streaming and not owning the music. One Direction’s new release, set for November 17th, may tell the future of music sales as we know them.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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