One Direction

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One Direction (Formed 2010)

One Direction are a British boy band, formed in 2010 on the UK TV talent show X Factor. The band's members (Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan) all auditioned for the show as solo members but didn't quite make the grade. However, the X Factor judges could still see potential in all of them, so asked them to return as a group, which they did. They may not have won that competition (that honour went to solo artist Matt Cardle) but they have gone on to become the most successful act from that year's show, by a long shot.

One Direction: X Factor

It was Harry Styles that came up with the name One Direction, once the band had been asked to get together to remain in the show. Along with the other groups, Diva Fever, Belle Amie and F.Y.D., One Direction had Simon Cowell as their mentor on the show. Within four weeks, they were the last of Cowell's acts still in the contest.

Eventually, they finished in third place behind the winner, Matt Cardle and runner up, Rebecca Ferguson. Not long after the show had ended, it was announced that the band had signed to Simon Cowell's label; Syco for a reported £2 million.

One Direction: Life After X Factor

In January 2011, One Direction began recording their debut album getting together the One Direction songs in Los Angeles, where they worked with RedOne on production duties. The following month, they embarked on the now-traditional X Factor Live tour, with the other finalists, where they performed to around 500,000 people around the UK.

The band's debut single, 'What Makes You Beautiful,' was released in September 2011 and went straight to the top of the UK singles chart. It also broke the record for pre-sales for Sony Music Entertainment. Their follow-up tracks, 'Gotta Be You' and 'One Thing' were both top ten hits and the band went on to sign a deal with Columbia Records in North America.

When 'What Makes You Beautiful' was released in the USA in February 2012, it debuted at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest charting debut for a British band since 1998. The track peaked at number four in the US and has since sold over 3 million units Stateside.

Up All Night was the name of the debut album from One Direction. Released globally in early 2012, it became the fastest selling debut album of 2011 in the UK and became a chart-topper in 16 countries around the world. This included the US, where One Direction became the first British band in US chart history to top the Billboard 200 chart with a debut album.

Having earned themselves a spot in the Guinness World Records, One Direction then went on to find awards success. At the 2012 BRIT Awards they won Best British Single for 'What Makes You Beautiful' and performed 'One Thing' at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, cementing their popularity on both sides of the Atlantic.

The band started recording their second studio album, Take Me Home, in Sweden, in May 2012, with a scheduled release date of November 2012. The debut single to be released from the album, 'Live While We're Young,' found worldwide success and shifted 314,000 units in its opening week in the US. To promote the album, they booked a concert in New York City's Madison Square Garden in December 2012.

Personal Lives

The various members of One Direction found that they very quickly became tabloid fodder and found their private lives were making headline news. In particular, Harry Styles, whose relationship with the Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack was rarely out of the headlines - in no small part due to their 12-year age difference. Their relationship was short-lived however and ended in 2012.

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1st August 2014 -

 News

Pop sensations One Direction were the highest selling British act globally in 2013. The band’s phenomenal sales were the foundations for a healthy year for the British music industry, with their third album Midnight Memories...

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28th July 2014 -

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One Direction’s Zayn Malik has attracted enormous criticism on Twitter after simply writing ‘#FreePalestine’ on his page.The tweet has received well over 150,000 retweets and favourites since he wrote it, but he has received a...

Why Going Solo Is The Best Thing For One Direction’s Harry Styles

21st July 2014 -

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Niall Horan Pleads With Rowdy 1D Fans After Getting Injured In Concert

26th June 2014 -

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One Direction’s Niall Horan reached out to fans on Twitter yesterday with a very important plea – stop throwing things onstage. The concept, which may be obvious to some, was clearly unfamiliar to attendees at...

Setting Scotland Alight! One Direction Break Records With Edinburgh Show

5th June 2014 -

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On Tuesday night (3 June 2014) One Direction took to the stage at Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium for thousands of Scottish 1D fans, as their 'Where We Are Stadium Tour 2014' arrived in the country's capital.Despite...

One Direction's Drug Scandal: Is Smoking Marijuana Considered Shocking Anymore?

4th June 2014 -

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Being caught with a joint is really nothing new in the world of pop, especially amongst those aggressively seeking a change of image that will subsequently add a semblance of ‘edge’ to their persona. For...

A Week In News: Weed, Boobs, Ghosts, Guns...And A Wedding

30th May 2014 -

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The Wedding: Kim and Kanye got married last weekend. Kthxbai. It has been pretty hard to avoid but if you want to know more about their wedding, click here, get the goss on their weirdly...

First Weed, Now Racial Slurs: Louis Tomlinson In Hot Water Over N-Word Use

29th May 2014 -

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Louis Tomlinson of One Direction has come under fire for not only sharing a marijuana joint with fellow band member Zayn Malik but also using a shortened version of the N-word in the same leaked...

One Direction Take Note: How Celebrities Survived And Thrived After Their Drugs Scandals

29th May 2014 -

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So the clean-cut guys of One Direction (two of them, anyway) have been caught on video smoking weed. It’s not entirely surprising, especially to anyone familiar with celebrity culture. In fact, the drugs bust is...

One Direction's Zayn Malik And Louis Tomlinson Caught Smoking Weed Before Show

28th May 2014 -

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Could One Direction be turning into pop's new bad boys?Up until this point the five British lads have kept a rather clean image since rocketing to global fame, but this may have all changed. Two...

Harry Styles Pulls Down Piers Morgan's Pants At Soccer Game

27th May 2014 -

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One Direction star Harry Styles embarrassed British newsman Piers Morgan by pulling down his shorts during a charity soccer game.The What Makes You Beautiful hitmaker was joined by his bandmates Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and...

One Direction 'The On The Road Again 2015 Tour' Australian, Asian, South African And Uae Tour Dates Announced

19th May 2014 -

 Press

The world's biggest band, One Direction, today announce they will return to Australia and Asia in 2015 for the first time in two years for an incredible stadium tour. The boys will be visiting many...

Richest Musicians: Adele, Calvin Harris Made More Money Than Several Countries

15th May 2014 -

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It’s time for the annual Sunday Times list of richest people under 30, so grab a tub of ice cream and start wondering what went wrong in your own life in comparison to these folks....

Zayn Malik Donates Guitar To Children's Charity

2nd May 2014 -

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One Direction singer Zayn Malik has given a Scottish children's charity the first guitar he used in the boyband.The What Makes You Beautiful hitmaker donated the acoustic instrument to Kean's Children's Fund in Dundee, Scotland,...

Harry Styles to have family on tour

29th April 2014 -

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Harry Styles has a rota of friends and family to join him on tour.The One Direction hunk - whose group kicked off their 'Where We Are' concerts in Colombia last week - will be on...

One Direction Accused Of Plagiarism By Oh Yeah Wow

25th April 2014 -

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It would be an understatement to say that Melbourne film production company Oh Yeah Wow are a bit annoyed about One Direction’s latest music video for their single “You & I”. The production company have...

One Direction - You & I

22nd April 2014 -

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One Direction transform into each other in the video for their latest single 'You & I' taken from their number one third studio album 'Midnight Memories'. The band are set to embark on their Where...

Tristan Evans wants Kendall Jenner date

22nd April 2014 -

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The Vamps' Tristan Evans wants to date Kendall Jenner.The 'Wildcard' drummer thinks One Direction hunk Harry Styles - who has previously dated stars including Caroline Flack, Taylor Swift and Daisy Lowe - has good taste...

One Direction "You & I" Music Video Released

21st April 2014 -

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"You & I", One Direction's new music video, has finally been released. The video sees the five boy band members walking individually along the picturesque Clevendon Pier in Somerset. Each wearing a grey fisherman jumper,...

One Direction Stars Set For Charity Soccer Match

17th April 2014 -

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One Direction's Niall Horan is set to host a charity soccer match next month (May14) featuring his bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne.Horan, who is unable to play after having surgery on his knee in...

'Now That's What I Call Music 87' Released 7th April 2014

4th April 2014 -

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NOW That's What I Call Music is back with the first instalment of the 2014 numbered NOW series with NOW 87. Expect the biggest and best pop hits from the start of the year on...

How Charitable Is Kim Kardashian Compared To These Philanthropic Celebrities?

2nd April 2014 -

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It must seem to poor Kim Kardashian like she can’t get anything right! Kardashian has come under fire for donating only 10% of the profits which she rakes in from clothing auctions on auction website...

One Direction Secure New Multi-Million-Pound Deal For New Perfume

31st March 2014 -

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One Direction are expanding their global brand even further as they are set to release a second fragrance.The young Brits are usually viewed as squeaky-clean stars but the new commercial for the perfume will give...

Everyone Was A Winner At The Kids' Choice Awards (Except The Stars, Who Got Slimes)

30th March 2014 -

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Surprise, surprise, Jennifer Lawrence was among the winners at last night’s Kids Choice awards. Lawrence won for Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Female Buttkicker, which might just be the best award title ever invented. In...

One Direction & Jennifer Lawrence Receive Top Awards At Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards

30th March 2014 -

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Pharrell and Kaley Cuoco did not manage to avoid the slime at this year's Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. The awards, hosted by Mark Wahlberg, were held yesterday night (29th March) at the USC...

Watch Out 1D! Are '5 Seconds Of Summer' The New One Direction?

28th March 2014 -

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Boy band fans, brace yourselves! Australian pop rockers 5 Seconds of Summer may be about to overtake One Direction in the battle of the cute boy bands. The four cheeky chappies first teamed up in...

Will Harry Styles Soon Be Going In His Own Direction?

11th March 2014 -

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Harry Styles is everywhere as of late but usually it's without his One Direction bandmates. Solo Styles has been stepping out without the other boys so much lately it's leading some people to wonder if...

So, Are One Direction Splitting Up?

24th February 2014 -

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One Direction may have walked away with their fourth BRIT award on Wednesday (this time the award acknowledged their Global Success) but that hasn’t stopped talk of One Direction splitting up. 1D was formed in...

The Brits' Split Personality: Bowie, Arctic Monkeys And 1D Rule The Show

20th February 2014 -

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David Bowie still knows how to steal the show. He proved as much during Wednesday’s Brits, without even attending the ceremony. Bowie won best British Male during the 2014 ceremony, making something of a comeback...

BRIT Awards: One Direction And Arctic Monkeys Are Big Winners At UK's Premier Music Awards

20th February 2014 -

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The annual Brit Awards took place on Wednesday night (Feb 19th) at the grand venue of London's O2 arena, and with a line-up that included performances by Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Bastille, Lorde and Katy Perry,...

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