Harry Styles

Music listening soared during lockdown

More than 155m albums were bought or streamed in 2020, an increase of 8.2%, according to record label body the BPI.

British artists Lewis Capaldi, Harry Styles and Dua Lipa were the three biggest-sellers of the year.

BPI boss Geoff Taylor said the "remarkable" figures were a reminder of "how important music is to our country, even when our lives are disrupted".

Lewis Capaldi's Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent was the UK's biggest-selling album for the second year in a row.

However, despite the boom in consumption, sales of individual albums were down.

Mexican news programme accidentally names Harry Styles as father of royal baby

The blunder came as the show covered the first glimpse of Archie along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last week.

Above the subtitle, "They showed their first-born for the first time," were the words "Harry Styles y Meghan Markle," meaning Harry Styles and Meghan Markle.

A screenshot of the show's mistake was immediately shared on social, and proceeded to be posted by others.

Most of the reaction focussed around Harry Styles' fans laughing at the faux pas.

Styles himself has not commented on the post.

Harry Styles T-shirt cost more

Fans noticed that while XS, small and medium sizes cost $40 (£29), large, XL and XXL shirts cost $45 (£33).

The company selling merchandise at his LA gig says it was an error.

"There was a mistake in size pricing at [Wednesday] night's show," according to a representative for Live Nation. "Harry and his team were unaware and this has now been rectified."

Harry Styles opened his North America tour in San Francisco on Tuesday before playing at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Meet the Harry Styles fans with tickets to his secret gig

After releasing his debut solo album on Friday the former One Direction star announced the intimate show, at a north London club, via Twitter.

The Garage in Highbury has a capacity of just 600 people so it was first come, first served.

Tickets were £10 and Newsbeat caught up with a few of the lucky fans who managed to bag one.

Chiara, 21, didn't even manage to get dressed: "I'm wearing my pyjamas with the Little Mermaid and everyone inside was saying, "are you wearing this tonight at the gig" and I actually might as it's fancy."

Fears over fake Bieber and Styles accounts

The growing world of social media apps with big teenage audiences has made the situation even more difficult to police, they say.

"Identity assumption by child sex offenders is increasing quite steadily," Detective Inspector Jon Rouse, who runs task force Argos, a specialist branch responsible for tackling online child exploitation in Queensland, Australia, told us.

How Ed Sheeran helped Harry Styles with Debut

"I played him a few songs after the album was finished," Harry told the Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

"He didn't say that he didn't like any but he did like one song that isn't on the album."

Ignoring the advice of one of the most successful singer-songwriters might not be a good idea, but Harry says he still decided to leave it off the album.

"He [Ed] is really good - he's one of the most talented dudes I know," he said.

Harry Styles debuts new song (and Twitter goes crazy)

At least that's what it feels like as the former One Direction member debuted his new song, "Sign of the Times" Friday and the Internet commenced to freak out.

This is standard practice, by the way, for anything having to do with the former members of One Direction.

The long, slow-paced jam. which clocks in just under six minutes, quickly lit up Twitter as fans shared their love of it.

"Everyone needs to bow down to Harry Styles today because he's the king and his new song is legendary," one person tweeted.

One Direction to split up in March

Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have decided to focus on solo ventures and will not tour their fifth album, according to The Sun.

One Direction's publicists declined to comment on the reports, which first emerged on Sunday night (August 23).

The group decided to disband for at least a year following a meeting in London last weekend.

Harry Styles pens note to fans on One Direction's Anniversary

The hunky singer took to Twitter today to celebrate one very special milestone—#5YearsofOneDirection. Yep, believe it or not, it's been five years since Simon Cowell grouped Harry, Louis TomlinsonNiall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Maliktogether to create the ultimate boy band of our time.