There are few things funnier that journalists mistaking one band for another. Especially when those bands are rivals. And one US reporter on the red carpet at last week’s VMAs thought she was talking to One Direction when it was actually The Wanted she had in front her. Oops.
Introducing the boys with the words, “Everyone is excited to see you guys. One Direction! One Direction!” set the hapless hack up for a fall, but Max George seized the opportunity to claim that he too was looking forward to seeing Harry Styles and the lads, joking: “They’re our number one.”
When asked what they thought made the VMAs different from other award ceremonies, Nathan deadpanned: “The fact that The Wanted are there. Their song Glad You Came is just amazing.”
“I’ve actually met them and they are really, really cool,” added Max, as Nathan claimed that The Wanted’s new single was “better than ours”.
And she never once realised her mistake, even after they’d gone. Someone’s probably told her now though. Cringe.
Some cynics believe that record companies decide which songs their artists should release based on a computer programme. Maybe some do, but Coldplay have a far simpler method – Chris Martin’s kids tell him which tracks will be hits.
According to The Sun, Chris and Gwyneth’s sprogs Apple and Moses (aged eight and six) let their dad know which of his tunes make the grade. Martin told them:
“Kids are very honest – if they start singing a song it’s because they like it. It’s a great gauge.”
And it seems they also come in handy for keeping his ego in check, as the Speed Of Sound singer admitted, “When we played Wembley Stadium I was like, ‘Wow, now we are big rock stars’, but next morning the kids were saying, ‘get me some pancakes’.”
Pancakes, you say? And when are these Coldplay pancakes being released to the public?