One Direction’s ‘Story of My Life’ debuts at No. 1 on iTunes in many countries

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 15.45.02 One Direction has once again debuted at No. 1 in several countries. This time, it’s for the single “Story of My Life,” which debuted at the top of the iTunes singles charts after it was released on Oct. 28, 2013.

The United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Spain are among the countries where “Story of My Life” debuted at No. 1 on iTunes.

The song debuted in the Top 5 on iTunes in other countries such as Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Portugal. “Story of My Life” is the second single from One Direction’s third album “Midnight Memories, which will be released worldwide 25th Nov 2013

Based on pre-orders, the “Midnight Memories” album (deluxe edition) rocketed into the Top 10 of iTunes last week in numerous countries. including the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway. One Direction came in third place on The X Factor UK in 2010. The group is signed to Syco Music, the record company co-owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music. Simon Cowell mentored One Direction on The X Factor.

One Direction is the best-selling act worldwide to emerge from “The X Factor.” According to Sony Music, as of October 2013, One Direction has sold 32 million singles, albums and DVDs worldwide. There will be a 1D Day worldwide event on Nov. 23, 2013. “1D Day will give fans from every corner of the world a unique opportunity to enter into One Direction’s lives through a seven-hour live broadcast with the band. 1D Day will be broadcast live from Los Angeles … with further details to be announced.

“1D Day is the first live event of its kind, enabling fans from different countries and time-zones the chance to interact with the band throughout the live stream broadcast. With the quality of a high-end HD production and the intimacy of a web chat, the event will provide unparalleled access to One Direction’s world, helping the band reach fans in every country.

It will feature special guest appearances, sketches with the band, fan-generated videos and live broadcasts from different countries. One Direction will be doing numerous personal appearances (exact dates to be announced) to promote “Midnight Memories.” “The X Factor” also already announced that One Direction will perform on the U.K. and U.S. editions of “The X Factor” in 2013.

Simon Cowell On How He Likes To Spend Sundays And Why He Thinks He Will Be A Good Dad

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In a new interview Simon talks to Parade Magazine on how he likes to spend Sundays and why he thinks he will be a good dad.

The X Factor honcho says he’ll be a good dad—because he’s just a big kid himself.

“My number one fear is being bored,” says Simon Cowell, 54. “I’d rather jump off a bridge than retire and play golf.”

With the third season of The X Factor under way (Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays), a booming music and television company to look after (Syco Entertainment), and a baby due this winter (with Lauren Silverman), Cowell finds that his competitive spirit keeps him anything but blasé. “Even if I’m playing Monopoly or cards,” he says, “I have this manic desire to beat whomever I’m competing against. I hate the idea of coming in second or third.” The British-born mogul, who splits his time between L.A. and London, talks ratings, fatherhood, and Frank Sinatra with Erin Hill.

PARADE: The X Factor has dipped in the ratings this season. Does that concern you?

It just makes you work harder. There are way too many talent shows on TV, and they all start to look the same, which is why we’ve made distinct changes, like the new Four Chair Challenge round. The only way you get out of a rut is to make the show better.

Who’s standing out among the finalists?
Thirteen-year-old Rion Paige, who has a muscular disease, is fantastic. Lillie McCloud is 54 and proves that age is not a barrier. And there’s a group, Restless Road, that I’ve got a really good feeling about.

You’ve worked alongside many judges over the years. Who’s been the most fun?
Paula [Abdul] and Randy [Jackson] were hilarious on American Idol. We had such a great time in the early years. I like working with Demi [Lovato, on The X Factor]. We bicker, and it’s like having a bratty younger sister, but she’s got a great heart.

When it comes to criticisms, you’re the master. Were you always like that?
I was lippy as a kid. I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. I was always getting into trouble with my parents and in school, finding things funny that shouldn’t be. I couldn’t go to weddings or church because I would just lose it.

How do you spend Sundays?
I’ll have breakfast in bed—usually oatmeal, papaya juice, and tea—then I’ll work out. One of my favorite things is watching a movie with someone I like on a Sunday afternoon when it’s raining. I’m an old soul, so I love black-and-white movies. And then 90 percent of the time on Sunday evenings, I’ll be working.

How do you view America and Americans now?
I don’t feel like I’m in a foreign country anymore; it feels like home. I like Americans. We’re much more cynical in England, and I’m not sure we celebrate success quite as much. I didn’t know whether the American dream was real, and I suddenly realized it is. It’s not something to mock, it’s something to embrace.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I love animals and cartoons. I pretty much like everything I liked as a kid—the same foods and TV programs. I still watch Scooby-Doo. I never grew up.

That should come in handy when you’re a dad! What are you most looking forward to about fatherhood?
I’m not brilliant with babies. I never know what to do. But [once he’s older] I think I’ll be a good dad in terms of advice. And then I’ll get to do all the things I want to do, like go to Disneyland or Universal Studios, teach him how to drive—I love all that.

What kind of music will you play for him?
He’ll listen to whatever I listen to and make his own choices. It’s funny—my mom played Frank Sinatra when I was a kid, and because he was her choice, I used to hate it; but I love Sinatra now. He always looked like he was having fun and he didn’t conform. That’s probably why I’ve got pictures of him all over my house!

Simon Cowell Sings Power Rangers To Raise $1 Million At A Fund Raising Event

SIMON Cowell has raised $1 million for charity after agreeing to sing the Power Rangers theme tune.

Super-rich Power Rangers creator Haim Saban offered to donate the sum to the Friends of Israel Defence Forces if the X Factor boss agreed to belt out the classic children’s TV show theme.

Simon, who was attending a charity benefit in Beverly Hills, LA, eventually reluctantly agreed to sing a single line of “Go Go Power Rangers”.

He then offered to donate an extra $100,000 if he could stop singing, Mr Saban told him if he made it $250,000 they had a deal.

After the event Simon spoke to FMiL radio saying how much he admired the Israeli people for their humour and passion. Simon also announced he will visit the country next year

Simon has always felt a connection to the Jewish people as his father was jewish.