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Although dance-pop hit its peak, it still has signs of life.

One Direction has made Billboard history. The British boy band topped the Billboard 200 chart with their debut album “Up All Night,” making them the first UK group to debut at No. 1 with their debut album. The album topped both Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” and Adele’s “21.”

and they debuted with 176,000 albums sold…

“Up All Night” debuted on the charts with 176,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. One Direction bested the previous record set by pop group the Spice Girls in 1997 when their debut album “Spice” entered the charts at No. 6. One Direction’s single “What Makes You Beautiful” entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at No. 28, which also marked the highest debut for a UK group since the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” debuted at No. 11 in 1997.

In case you haven’t heard of the band, they were created from ‘The X Factor’

The boy band was formed on the seventh series of the British singing competition “The X Factor,” after guest judge Nicole Scherzinger made a recommendation to Simon Cowell to put the five solo hopefuls together to compete in the competition as a group act.

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Buzz Track: Today

Kings favorite Fiction In Motion just released the video for the track Today which can be viewed here. The band will showcase tonight at The Neutral Lounge in Toronto at 9:00pm for Canadian Music Week and will perform at the Launch Music Festival in Lancaster, PA in April. The band will release a new EP on May 12th. The video has landed in the top 5 on Canada’s Musique Plus.

Contact: info@fictioninmotion.com

 

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Buzz Track: Crazy Fishes

Renee Yohe has a new project called Bearcat. She helped form the nonprofit organization ‘To Write Love On Her Arms’ and also published a collection of journals chronicling her struggles which is being turned into a movie, ‘Renee’, starring Chad Michael Murray and Kat Dennings.

Upcoming show dates:

April 20th – The Parish – Austin, TX
April 21st – The Cambridge Room @ The House of Blues – Dallas, TX
April 22nd – Warehouse Live Studio – Houston, TX
April 24th – Launchpad  – Albuquerque, NM
April 27th – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
April 28th – Chain Reaction  – Anaheim, CA
April 29th – Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA

Contact: dirk@workinggroupmgmt.com

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NYC performance tomorrow night: March 20th – The Living Room, NYC

Buzz Track: Walk Out On Me

Act As If, an indie/rock band from Los Angeles has become a Kings favorite. Check out the video for Walk Out on Me as well as the catchy indie pop track Oh My My. They landed on iTunes ‘New And Noteworthy’ and The Deli Magazine ‘LA Artist of the Month‘. The band has had several song placements on TV and licensed the song ‘About Saying and Meaning Goodbye’ to Apple for use in its Lion OS video.  The band has three big shows coming up.

March 20th – The Living Room, NYC
March 21st – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
April 17th – The Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles

Contact: actasifmusic@gmail.com

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Max Gomez a singer/songwriter from Taos, NM who we profiled last year signed to New West Records and signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell. He just wrapped up performing at SXSW.

Contact: thomas@scriventalent.com

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