5 Little Things We Learned From One Direction’s iHeartRadio Album Release Party
photo: Paul Rosales
One Direction celebrated the release of their wildly anticipated Midnight Memories with an intimate iHeartRadio Album Release Party, shot Friday at the 450-capacity iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles and streamed exclusively on Yahoo Screen on Monday night. Along with singing six songs, they participated in an audience Q&A — barely heard above the din of hundreds of squealing, squeeing girls — and while the boys were endearingly, surprisingly shy, during the course of the hour we did learn a few things about them.
1. This boy band is now a man band.
Midnight Memories is 1D's third (yes, THIRD) album in just two years, and the lads are growing up fast: Some of them are sporting facial hair and Joy Division T-shirts, one of them's engaged, and let's face it, they're all pushing 21, so they can't really sing Radio Disney ditties about holding hands anymore. So Midnight Memories is their make-or-break, potentially difficult "transitional album."
Thankfully, Midnight Memories' sound indicates that 1D may totally bypass any awkward phase. It's a very "mature" album — and by "mature," we mean "totally '80s" (there are shades of the Police, Rick Springfield, and Def Leppard, and plenty of cowbell and gang choruses). And then there's the new single "Story Of My Life," which is pleasingly Mumfordian with its sunny, strummy guitars and folksy refrain. It's basically the song that's acceptable for non-Directioners to openly enjoy, or the song that could turn the staunchest of skeptics into card-carrying Directioners.
So Midnight Memories is one album that parents and their children can agree upon. Perhaps that's why most of the adults at the iHeartRadio Theater passed on the option to sit in an upstairs "parents' area" and just stood on the floor with their excitable kids instead. If One Direction deliberately crafted a parent-friendly album here, then they're marketing geniuses…but maybe they're just growing up and hoping to take their rapidly maturing teenage fans along with them.
2. Zayn Malik's wedding will be awesome.
Speaking of growing up, Zayn broke millions of Directioners' hearts earlier this year when he announced his plan make an honest woman out of fellow "X Factor U.K." star Perrie Edwards (of the girl group Little Mix). But if home video of Zayn and Perrie's fantasy wedding ever gets released on DVD, that should cheer fans right up. Because it will be the Best. Wedding. Ever.
When asked by iHeartRadio host Ryan Seacrest if he'd picked a best man yet, Zayn answered, "Nah, I've decided it is going to be unconventional. I'm going to have five or six best men." So that presumably means all four of Zayn's bandmates will be dressed up in tuxes. Yay.
Even better: When asked what musical act he'd like to have perform at their wedding, Zayn said, "I know my missus wants the lead singer from Journey [Steve Perry]. We'll see what we can do about that." He also joked that their mentor, Simon Cowell, might even sing a song. Double yay!
Now please excuse us while we figure out how to crash the Malik/Edwards reception…
photo: Paul Rosales
3. Harry Styles does NOT have a type.