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How Little Mix Mastered the Pop Machine in Seven Years

We spoke to the pop group about mega-fame, the #MeToo movement, and what it felt like getting a shit ton of money overnight.


Being Louis Tomlinson

We spoke to the former One Direction member about how he went from working class Northern lad to pop star worth $50 million.


How Leona Lewis Ushered in The X Factor’s Brief Golden Era

It's been 10 years since “Bleeding Love”—hate it or not—changed the reality TV talent show for good.


'The X Factor' Needs to Stop

The TV talent show is being potentially revamped with a new format—but its reign ended years ago.


The Unbearable Silence of Harry Styles

Over the past few years, pop's number one marketing tool has been one that says nothing at all.


We Ranked ‘Now That's What I Call Music’ Compilations From Worst to Best

What the actual fuck was going on 1998?


Stormzy Is Using Grime to Save Christmas From Corporate Blandness

The grime MC is gunning for Christmas day's number one single with #ShutUpForXmasNo1.


News of Zealand: Reality TV is Getting Too Real

This week the country has been caught up in the X-Factor's bullying controversy. But it's not the first time reality TV felt unsavoury this year.


2014 Was a Desperate Year for UK Celebrities

Being "famous" now apparently means humiliating yourself over and over like you're a perpetual game show contestant.