British boyband One Direction are the most powerful stars on Twitter.com, according to a new poll. Liam Payne tops the PeerIndex countdown of the U.K.'s most influential tweeters with more than 13 million followers. The rest of the group - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik - respectively take up the rest of the top five.
Other Brits to make the top 10 include Ed Sheeran, Prime Minister David Cameron, newsman Piers Morgan, comic Stephen Fry, writer Caitlin Moran, and funnyman Ricky Gervais.
PeerIndex founder Azeem Azhar says, "As Twitter has become more mainstream, the top 140 starts to resemble the contours of popular culture and power, the footballers, politicians and boy bands."
The results are based on the amount of followers, use of the site and how many re-tweets their posts receive.
"Very sad news about niall donohue! Thoughts with donohue family!" One Direction's Niall Horan sends his regards to the family of Irish hurling star Niall Donohue, who died suddenly at the age of 22 on Wednesday (23Oct13).
One Direction have overthrown Daniel Radcliffe by taking his crown as the richest British celebrities under the age of 30. The Best Song Ever hitmakers - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson - knocked the Harry Potter star off top spot after collectively raking in an impressive $88.9 million (£59.3 million), according to Heat magazine's 2013 celebrity rich list.
Radcliffe, who kept custody of the crown for four years, came in second with $84.1 million (£56.1 million), closely followed by British heartthrob Robert Pattinson, who is worth an estimated $66.1 million (£44.1 million).
The top five was rounded out by Atonement star Keira Knightley, with $55.8 million (£37.2 million), and Emma Watson, who earned $41.8 million (£27.93 million).
Lucie Cave, editor-in-chief of Heat, says, "One Direction are young, talented, staggeringly good looking and adored by millions. To that we can now add 'rolling in cash.' No one said life was fair."
A panel of experts analysed the celebrities' financial earnings over the past year by examining their TV and film deals, record sales and product endorsements.
British singer Adele was stunned when a motoring instructor who helped her pass her driving test insisted he did not recognise any of her songs. The Rolling In The Deep hitmaker celebrated passing her road exam earlier this month (Oct13) with the help of driving instructor Noel Gaughan, but he has now revealed he had not heard any of her tracks.
The singer later credited Gaughan for steering her through the tough test, saying, "(I) could not have done it without him."
The instructor, who has also given lessons to movie stars Gemma Arterton and James McAvoy and One Direction singer Niall Horan, insisted he didn't know any of the singer's tracks - even when she performed them in the car.
He says, "'She would sing some beautiful songs and say 'You must know this one' but I don't really know many celebrities."
One Direction star Niall Horan is worried he will be forced to quit performing while still a young man because of his troublesome knees. The Best Song Ever hitmaker was asked whether he could emulate 70-year-old Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger by performing in front of huge crowds in his twilight years, but Horan insists he will not be healthy enough.
He says, "Jagger does it but I don't think at the moment I'd be able to. I've got dodgy knees."
Pop stars One Direction are set to stage an interactive seven-hour online special to thank fans for their overwhelming support. The Best Song Ever hitmakers will host 1D Day on 23 November (13), when they will reach out to devotees around the world in a mammoth webchat and present a series of exclusive features, celebrity guest appearances and fan-generated videos.
Announcing the news in a video posted online on Wednesday (02Oct13), the boys say: "A few months ago we decided we wanted to give back something to all the fans that have supported us.
"We've had such an amazing three years and we couldn't have done it without you guys, so we've put all our heads together and came up with the idea of 1D Day."
Fans have been invited to get involved and share their ideas for the live event via their new website, 1dday.com.
Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne shot to fame after forming on Simon Cowell's U.K. reality TV show The X Factor in 2010.
One Direction's time Down Under has been blighted by more trouble after they were accused of running red lights on the road and heading out on a midnight gambling spree. The boyband's motorcade reportedly skipped through three stop signs as it spirited the singers from Perth Airport to a hotel in the city late on Wednesday night (25Sep13).
Within minutes of arriving, Harry Styles headed out to sample the local delights in the early hours of Thursday morning (26Sep13) - he was photographed playing roulette in the VIP area of the Pearl Room casino, despite the stars' bosses giving them a serious dressing down for reckless gambling on their 2012 tour.
Now their behaviour in the city has attracted an official reprimand, with Australia's Police Minister Liza Harvey telling The Daily Telegraph, "I would encourage One Direction to pull their head in in Western Australia and set an example for their predominantly young fans... We have really strong legislation in this state and that applies to everyone who visits here."
The boyband's time in Australia had already been marred with problems - Louise Tomlinson was left red-faced after falling onstage and the singers had to be rushed from Adelaide airport when fans tried to mob them.
One Direction have been crowned 2013's most powerful pop stars under 21. The Best Song Ever hitmakers - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik - have topped Billboard magazine's annual 21 Under 21 list, which ranks the young artists based on factors such as music sales, touring and social media influence.
Justin Bieber trails in second place, while Miley Cyrus is at three, followed by Ariana Grande and rapper Earl Sweatshirt in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Scotty McCreery, Austin Mahone, Cody Simpson, British singer Cher Lloyd and hip-hop star Chief Keef are also featured on the new countdown.
One Direction stars Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson were ushered out of an Australian airport with a police guard on Saturday (21Sep13) after huge crowds of fans prompted serious security fears. The singers jetted in to Adelaide to prepare for the start of their Australian tour on Monday (23Sep13), and they will be joined by their bandmates Harry Styles and Niall Horan, who are expected to fly into the city on Sunday (22Sep13).
More than 200 young fans packed out the international arrivals area at Adelaide airport in a bid to catch a glimpse of the boyband stars, with many waiting for more than 13 hours, but the crowds sparked fears for the singers' safety so the stars were ushered out a back exit by police.
Payne subsequently explained the no show to fans in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, "Sorry we couldn't stop in the airport they said it wasn't safe... Great to be in Oz tho (though)."
The news comes after bosses of the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, where the band's tour will begin, asked for additional on-site paramedics for the three gigs there - to deal with hysterical fans.