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Taylor Swift Mixes It Up with Little Mix at Santa Clara Show (watch!)

Taylor Swift shared the stage at her Santa Clara, Calif., show with English girl group Little Mix, and turned over the stage, so could perform their new single “Black Magic.” Taylor sang and shimmied along. Swift has featured a number of groups, including Fifth Harmony, on the latest leg of her 1989 tour. The all-girl band, made up by Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson share something in common with boy band One Direction....

Ella Henderson Keeps the British Invasion Alive With Debut Album

Ella Henderson won a lot of sympathy if not the vote on the 9th season of UK show “X-Factor” in 2012. She was booted during week seven. But her career has been on an indomitable rise since then and she’s about to take America by storm. She’s already attracted such fan as Adele, Lily Allen, Nick Grimshaw and Cher, along with actress Chloë Grace Moretz....

Harry Styles, One Direction Back to Beginning on X-Factor (watch)

Harry Styles and fellow One Direction boybanders, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, returned to the UK music show X-Factor, where their careers began, to perform on the show’s season finale. Harry seemed to take the lead as the band performed “Midnight Memories” off their new album at famed Wembley Arena....

One Direction Gets Wild Reception on America’s Got Talent (Watch!)

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson better known as UK boy band One Direction, have become the new Beatles. They could barely be heard over the screaming audience on “America’s Got Talent” last night (Aug. 28) as they sang their hit “Best Song Ever.” The band has been promoting their new documentary, “One Direction: This is Us,” which hits theaters Aug 30. At every stop, they’ve drawn record crowds. More than an estimated 18,000 fans overwhelmed Rockefeller Center in New York City when they appeared on the “Today” show....

Melanie Amaro Rides X-Factor Fame to Second Single; Album Due (listen!)

Melanie Amaro is trying to capitalize on her win on the premiere season of X-Factor USA with the release of her second new single “Long Distance.” It’s just another peppy pop tune, but her distinctive voice does set it apart. Amaro, 20, released her debut single “Don’t Fail Me Now” in August, laying the groundwork for her upcoming album, Truly, which is expected to drop next year. The judges at the time were Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid....

The Wanted's Chase the Sun Video Riffs on 'Twilight' (Watch)

The Wanted, the UK boy band that hit U.S. shores last month, have followed up with a new music video for single “Chasing the Sun.” The boys go right for the pulse of pop culture, mixing their music with a play on “Twilight” vampires. They band made its U.S. debut in March on the Ellen DeGeneres show and Jay Leno’s Tonight show, and earned a shoutout from teen sensation Justin Bieber....

Will Hot Boy Band ‘The Wanted’ Eclipse Justin Bieber? (watch)

Justin Bieber, the unrivaled king of teen pop, has just met his new rivals. The Wanted, a boy band has just landed from the UK, drawing hordes of U.S. fans. Will Justin be brushed aside for the next new thing? The Canadian teen sensation now has four potential competitors Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes....

Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul Bare Claws Over X-Factor Job

Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson, long-time frenemies, are said to be engaged in a bitter snit, again, over Paula's ouster from Simon Cowell's "X-Factor." Janet, is seems, now wants the job. Like Pula, Jackson's music career is on the wane. The star is 45 and could use a photo opportunity or a TV show to revive her career. Or at least give her a steady paycheck....