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One Direction Biography

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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The Latest One Direction News

Tristan Evans Wants Kendall Jenner Date

22nd April 2014

The Vamps' Tristan Evans wants to date Kendall Jenner.The 'Wildcard' drummer thinks One Direction hunk Harry Styles - who has...

One Direction "you & I" Music Video Released

21st April 2014

"You & I", One Direction's new music video, has finally been released. The video sees the five boy band members...

One Direction Stars Set For Charity Soccer Match

17th April 2014

One Direction's Niall Horan is set to host a charity soccer match next month (May14) featuring his bandmates Louis Tomlinson...

One Direction Fans Warned Of Age Restrictions On Tour

16th April 2014

One Direction fans have been warned there will be no leniency over age restrictions at venues on the U.K. leg...

Rebecca Ferguson Is Pregnant

14th April 2014

Rebecca Ferguson is pregnant.The 'Nothing's Real But Love' hitmaker - who shot to fame after competing on 'The X Factor'...

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One Direction Reviews

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The Latest One Direction Press Releases

One Direction Stadium Tour 2014 Announcement

20th September 2013

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My daughter is in tears We had plans to go to the signing in MN this week from Northern Canada and the seller backed out! Now what? Can anyone help us, please. I am a single Mom her paper route moneyt and very early birthday gift were the promise. Can anyone help us? Thank-you

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