Tom Fletcher: I Would Never Give One Direction Sh** Songs

One Direction (Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson) live

Tom Fletcher of McFly checked in with his Twitter followers (@tommcfly) moments ago, clarifying a story that was in Metro suggesting that he wrote substandard material for the boys from One Direction.

“It’s hard when you’re writing for someone else. You obviously always want to do your best work but sometimes you write and have a song idea and you’re like, ‘Oh, it’s so good I want to keep it for us’,” Fletcher told the publication, at which point his bandmate Danny Jones jokingly added, “‘You sent that slightly sh**ter one, didn’t ya?”

In response to the story, which apparently got him some heat from fans of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson on the social media web site, Tom said:

So, the stuff in the press today about us giving One Direction our “sh**” songs is obviously completely false.

What Danny said was obviously a joke. We would never, NEVER, give anyone “sh**” songs and as I clearly say in the interview…

“You obviously always want to do your best work”. In fact all 3 songs I’ve written for 1D are some of my favorites I’ve EVER written and…

I genuinely would have kept them for McFly but I have never, and will never give anyone second rate songs.

How would that ever be good for me as a song writer?

And the most important point of all is… I’ve never written a sh** song ;)

Harry Judd Of McFly May Compete On ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

McFly drummer Harry Judd

Harry Judd of McFly has reportedly signed on to be a contestant in this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Scottish singer Lulu, ‘Daybreak’ host Dan Lobb, ‘The One Show’ co-host Alex Jones, ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ host Chris Tarrant, astrologer Russell Grant and former MP Edwina Currie are other rumored additions to the stage that is currently confirmed to include stage star Jason Donovan, actress and singer Holly Valance, comedian Rory Bremner and Sven-Goran Eriksson’s ex Nancy Dell’Olio.

Harry is not a complete ‘Strictly’ newcomer, having previously appeared on ‘Strictly’ for a Children in Need special.

McFly’s Danny Jones And Tom Fletcher Talk Internet, Evolution & Island Exit

Danny Jones and Tom Fletcher of McFly

Danny Jones and Tom Fletcher of McFly chatted with Paul Morley of Guardian Music about the internet’s dominance with the music industry, indie bands, their departure from Island records, having a free album giveaway and the evolution of McFly.

“I think that’s what McFly is,” Jones said about having the credibility of a rock group while also being considered a boy band. “It has achieved the sort of musicianship with the young fans around, appealing to girls.” Fletcher added, “It’s kind of what we’ve evolved into naturally over the past six years I suppose.”

Watch it via YouTube below the cut. (more…)

Pop Artists React To London Riots

Sam Sparro

Several artists are weighing in on the rioting, looting, arson and general mayhem going on in London and other cities in England with varying degrees of rage, disgust and fear. Among the messages on Twitter:

Sam Sparro (@sam_sparro): Hope all my friends and family in London are ok. Such Foolishness :/

Gareth Gates (@Gareth_Gates): Can’t believe how bad the riots are. So sad. Get the Army in.
Ok enough is enough. Police need to open fire. These heartless thugs need stopping. So frustrating!

Lucie Silvas (@LucieSilvas): What good can all this possibly come to? Wishing for all the violence to end now

Julian Perretta (@julianperretta): What’s happening at home in London!!!
Scary I am worried for my family and friends :(

McFly vocalist and guitarist Danny Jones reacts to the riots in LondonDanny Jones of McFly (@Dannymcfly): I am absolutely disgusted in what I’m seeing right now!!

Sophie Ellis Bextor (@SophieEB): @ladymunter no, I am genuinely freaked. A Londoner born and bred. X
I mean I am away from home. The holiday bit is irrelevant.
I did not mean to come across as insensitive. I meant I am far away from loved ones and my favorite city and trying to understand. V sad.
Sick to my stomach. Love my home. Thank you for the updates. I won’t be sleeping. News on. Keep safe, people. X

Sophie King of The Dollyrockers (@sophiedollyrock): So terrible what’s going on in London, uneducated thugs!

Lauren Bennett (@BENNETTofficial): These F**KING asshole kids!!!!!!!! What are they doing!!! Where are the parents why can’t we control these kids? #londonriots

Michelle Branch talks about taking over yfrogMichelle Branch (@michellebranch): Sending good vibes to London. One of my favorite cities. Xo

Nerina Pallot (@ladychatterley): How will Cameron justify his slacking off to all the overstretched police on the frontline who will have had holiday leave cancelled?

Lily Allen (@MrsLRCooper): Are we on the brink of civil war or something?

Keisha Buchanan (@keisha_buchanan): Just watching the news…. So sad, Come on Londoners, this madness needs to stop.
I’m hearing its outside London too :-( Please be safe guys. Let’s work together….

Melody Thornton (@MelodyThornton): I can’t believe what is going on in London! It’s horrifying! Be safe all my English friends!! I love you!

Calvin Harris is angry with the London riotsCalvin Harris (@CalvinHarris): Can’t believe what pussyholes the UK goverment are…give your quotes to newspapers saying ‘this is simply inexcusable’ FU**ING DO SOMETHING
Get the army out, get the rubber bullets out, shoot the dickheads and they’ll soon go’s not worth it for a pair of Nikes and a Xbox?
And in the meantime innocent people and their jobs, homes, being destroyed… your own country!!! How can you be so stupid?!?!
SHAME on these fu**ers… I know everything I’m saying is obvious but I’m so angry at these folks I might as well put something you know?

Cody Simpson (@TheCodySimpson): #prayforlondon. I’ll be over there in 2012 to show some love. stay safe..

McFly’s Fletcher Apologizes To Those Shut Out Of Sao Paulo Meet And Greet

McFly vocalist and guitarist Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher checked in with his Twitter followers (@tommcfly) after the British pop rock group’s concert at HSBC Brazil in Sao Paulo on Monday night (May 23). The singer apologized for those who were supposed to meet the guys during a meet and greet and promises better results for their second show at the venue on Tuesday. Fletcher writes:

Well, today has been a very long and stressful one. Not really sure where the best place to write about it is, here? Facebook? Tumblr?

All I can say is that we are very sorry to any Pioneers who were supposed to have their meet and greet today but didn’t get it. There are…

all sorts of reasons why it went wrong. I COULD blame the people organizing m&gs, I COULD blame the security at the venues, I COULD blame…

our management team, I COULD blame people out of our control for their lack of consideration for our ambition to do these m&gs…

I COULD blame a lot of people BUT I won’t. It is us, McFLY who are the ones that promised these things and so it is us that take the…

responsibility when they go wrong. But I know that you are all aware of our good intentions and everything we do is for our incredible fans.

So, we’ve given those who needed it a bollocking and I’m assured that tomorrows m&gs will be glorious successes. Now I’m off to bed.x

On a much more positive note, Sao Paulo was amazing tonight. loved every second of the gig and can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.

McFly’s Harry Judd Stacks Coins

Rich v McFly challenge 4 features Harry Judd competing against the Capital FM DJ in a fastest coin stacking event. Watch it via YouTube below.

Tom Fletcher Competes In Tea Bag Toss

Rich v McFly challenge 3 features Tom Fletcher competing against the Capital FM DJ in a fastest tea making event, throwing tea bags into tea cups. Watch it via YouTube below.

McFly Put Their Bedmaking Skills To The Test

Rich Clarke of London’s 95.8 Capital FM took on the McFly boys in a series of challenges for Cadburys Spots v Stripes. Check out challenge 1, the fastest bedmaking competition, via YouTube below.

Dougie Poynter: Rehab Has Been Very Positive

Dougie Poynter of McFly

Dougie Poynter from McFly sat down with News of the World’s Dan Wootton for his first post-rehab interview. “It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in my whole life,” Dougie said when asked how rehab had improved him. “I’m still me but it’s definitely been very positive.”

The entire interview at has since been removed.