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As part of The X Factor’s biggest success story, Niall Horan was surely once the apple of Simon Cowell’s eye.

But ever since signing with Universal, it seems the Mullingar man’s relationship with his former mentor has gone downhill.

X Factor sources have told The Sun that despite having a new song out, Niall will not be asked to perform as part of this year’s series because Simon believes he lacks loyalty.


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The insider said: “Niall hasn’t been invited to sing on any of the remaining live shows, despite having a big release.  That’s not an oversight from the bookings team, it’s intentional.”

“Simon really thought the 1D boys would show loyalty after he mentored them on the show and made them the huge global success they are.  Instead they went behind his back,” they continued.

“He’s not going to do them any favours.  He knows artists love performing on the show as there are eight million viewers to promote their songs to.”

A source close to the 23-year-old singer says he is well aware of the situation with Simon but suggested that he has chosen to take the high road.

“They knew when he didn’t sign with Syco he wouldn’t be appearing on The X Factor. Everyone is totally fine.”

“He’s extremely proud and grateful for everything The X Factor did for him,” they said.


Simon and @jamesarthurinsta23 after his performance on @thexfactor

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Earlier this month, the 57-year-old music mogul suggested Niall’s first solo single would have made number one if he had signed with Syco.

He then bragged that James Arthur has taken the chart’s top spot after returning to his label.


That was one of the best performances ever seen on @TheXFactor. Congratulations @LittleMix

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With Zayn penning an autobiography, Harry turning to acting and Niall releasing his first individual single, it was only a matter of time before Liam stepped forward with his post One D plans.

Having just signed a lucrative record deal with American label Republic Records, the 23-year-old singer took to Twitter to announce his excitement.

But as Liam celebrated the launch of his solo career, his fans started celebrating something else altogether.


I miss you!…the things you make me do home soon!

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Last night, the X Factor star became a trending topic on Twitter after writing: “Amazing to have signed to @RepublicRecords I am celebrating as I tweet thank you so much for accepting me to your roster of amazing artists.”


Initially fans started the hashtag “CongratsLiam” in response to the news, but as the tag gained momentum those who were a little late to the conversation thought followers were celebrating the confirmation of rumours that Liam is about to become a dad – something which has never been clarified by the star or his partner, Cheryl.

The situation quickly generated Twitter gold as users eventually figured out that “Chiam” had not shared any baby news *sadface*.





Remember Fr. Ray Kelly, that priest who won the hearts of a nation after he sang a beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ during a couple’s wedding ceremony?

Well, he’s after getting himself a record deal!

Universal Music Ireland have teamed up with the singing priest and he’s been busy writing and recording songs for his debut album, which is due to be released at Christmas.

He’s made sure his new musical lifestyle won’t get in the way of his religious duties though, as the record company have built him a studio in his parochial house on Co. Meath!

Maybe we could send him to the Eurovision next year, singing a rendition of ‘My Lovely Horse’. Sure it’d be a bit of a laugh at the very least!




The Coronas must be absolutely thrilled, as they have signed a major record deal in London with Island Records. However, the lads aren’t getting ahead of themselves just yet:

“It’s a good moment for us. It doesn’t guarantee anything major will happen. But it is the reason we came over here.

“We wanted to try and take things to the next level. And fingers crossed, with the next album coming out before the end of the year we can do that.

“They have Mumford and Sons, Hozier, Florence and the Machine, U2, as well. They are a really great label. We’ve met them a few times and they really seem to be into the stuff.

“And they’re signing us off the back of the new album, which is good as well. They’re not looking to release the back catalogue, they’re treating us like a new band which is what we wanted. So fingers crossed.”

Well done guys!



Our favourite singing priest could be set for global stardom as he meets with a number of major record companies this week.

Meath priest Fr Ray Kelly became an internet sensation after the release of a video that sees him surprising a couple during their wedding ceremony by breaking into a heart-melting version of Hallelujah.

And now, after millions of hits on YouTube, it seems the singing priest’s sudden rise to stardom has caught the attention of some of the world’s biggest record labels.

Fr Kelly said, “There have been a couple of approaches made from big record companies. I’ll sit down and talk to them and see what they have to offer. They have ties in Ireland, the UK and worldwide.”

The talented priest is even gearing up for a meeting with Sony this week!

“I knew I could sing – and that I had a voice – but I never thought I’d be in this league,” he admitted. “As a young lad I always dreamed about hitting the big time. But not many people get there. It’s kind of like somebody winning the Lotto – and then all of a sudden their life changes forever.”

“Somebody even compared me to a male Susan Boyle. I’d like to launch an international career – but I still want to be a priest,” he added.

Sit back and enjoy Fr Kelly’s amazing performance once more!



Great news for Hilary Duff fans out there, as the singer has revealed that she is getting back into the music business.

Hilary posted on Twitter a picture of her signing paperwork with the caption: “I! Have! A! Record! Deal!”

Duff  who has recently separated from her husband Mike Comrie hasn’t released an album since 2007.

We can’t wait see what the singer has in store for her next musical chapter.