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One Direction Scores Free Cab Rides for a Year After "Midnight Memories" Shout-Out

Image courtesy of ABC/Lou Rocco (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC/Lou Rocco (via ABC News Radio)

We're sure Lorde didn't get free year's supply of Cristal or Grey Goose after mentioning those brands in the lyrics of "Royals."  But One Direction has managed to wangle a year's worth of free cab rides out of a British company after name-checking them in the lyrics of one of their tunes.

In the song " Midnight Memories ," the boys sing about there being "way too many people in the Addison Lee," and point to a car with that name written on the back.  Addison Lee provides private vehicle rentals as well as minicab services: in the U.K., a minicab is a taxi that's pre-booked, rather than one you flag down on the street.

1D's Louis Tomlinson tweeted to the company, "Surely we get some kind of @AddisonLeeCabs gold card for the name drop haha !!??" The company responded , "Best name drop ever! We'll be in touch with a thankyou."  Then, they came back with a joke,  writing , "did you say gold car? We’ve got one here for you ready and waiting - give us a call when you need it."  Below the tweet was posted a photo of gold-plated taxi.  Then, the company added , "Joking aside @Louis_Tomlinson how about a free car for a year?"

A spokesperson for the company subsequently told the British paper The Daily Mail , " One Direction have been Addison Lee customers since they were on the X Factor, so we were delighted to be mentioned in 'Midnight Memories.' It came completely out of the blue. As a thank you we have offered the band free cabs for a year."

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