What's the deal with… Rixton

Here's everything you need to know about the latest boy band sensation

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Whoa. ‘Children of the Corn’?
Nope – that’s Rixton, the latest band whom teenagers across the country are harassing on Twitter. They have a legion of fans called ‘Rixters’ and their latest release ‘Me and My Broken Heart’ was Number One yesterday. It might be this year’s summer anthem, if you’re 12.

So what do they sound like?
As you’d guess: pretty smooth manufactured pop. Imagine (sorry you have to imagine this) The Wanted and One Direction amalgamating to try and write the perfect pop song, except not quite pulling it off. Their songs are quite catchy though: you’ll probably find yourself unconsciously humming them on the tube while everyone looks on in disgust.

‘Me and My Broken Heart’? Sounds like they’ve got some pretty major feelings going on. Reckon they’re going to be okay?
Probably. By the looks of things they’ve gone on a pick-me-up shopping spree to Topman, so they should pull through. If an XXS t-shirt and a poorly made bead necklace aren’t the solution to a tough break-up then I don’t know what is.

Wait, the one with bad hair looks familiar…

Which one? I guess you mean Jake Roche, who’s the spawn of floral shirt fiend Shane Richie and ‘Loose Women’ blabbermouth Coleen Nolan. He was briefly in ‘Emmerdale’. He and his band of merry men have also opened for Justin Bieber at SXSW (thanks to a link-up with Bieb’s manager Scooter Braun) and played live on ‘The Voice’. But who hasn’t done that?

So have they got any other songs?
They released an EP back in March and a have a few songs on YouTube, most notably one called ‘Make Out’. It pretty much sounds like their current single, with some really inspired lyrics like ‘If I could live forever, then I don’t know what I’d do’.

Shit, that’s deep.
You said it. The video also gives them a chance to show everyone what ‘babe magnets’ they are by making out with a plethora of good-looking women – go them! They’ve also done some covers of your favourite songs, like Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ and and R Kelly’s ‘Ignition (Remix)’. Can I get a toot-toot?

Toot-toot. So, just hypothetically: if I wanted to see Rixton, where would I be able to do that?
YouTube, The Queen Vic, ‘Loose Women’, The Woolpack and (in six months’ time) the bedroom walls of 80 percent of the 14-year-old girls in the country.

The bottom line:
Social media heart throbs preparing to storm the airwaves. You have been warned.

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