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One Direction (2010-present)
One Direction are a British boyband who appeared in the 2010 series of talent show 'The X Factor'. The band members are Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
Formation: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik auditioned as solo singers in the seventh series of 'The X Factor'. They failed to make it through to live shows individually, and so were put together as One Direction by the judges. While they finished third, they signed to Simon Cowell's Syco Records.
Career: One Direction topped the UK charts with their debut single 'What Makes You Beautiful' in 2011 and subsequently signed with America's Columbia Records. They supported Big Time Rush during their first tour of the US, and their 2012 album 'Up All Night' became the first British group to top US charts with a debut album. During that year, they went through a courtcase (which they subsequently won) after being sued for having the same name as another band in the US.
That year the band performed their debut single at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London.
One Direction recorded their second album 'Take Me Home' in Stockholm, and released it in 2012 alongside the number one singles 'Live While We're Young' and 'Little Things', the latter of which they performed at the Royal Variety Performance.
In 2013, they released a mash-up of 'One Way or Another' and 'Teenage Kicks' for Comic Relief, during which time they went to Ghana as volunteers at a hospital.
That year their documentary movie 'One Direction: This Is Us' was released, directed by Morgan Spurlock, and became the fourth highest grossing concert movie. They also unveiled their album 'Midnight Memories' featuring lead single 'Best Song Ever'. They are the first British band to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 with its first three albums.
In 2014, they released 'One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film' and an autobiography entitled 'Who We Are', followed by their album 'Four'.
In 2015, it was announced that Zayn Malik had left the band. They later released the first single from their fifth album, 'Drag Me Down', and announced that they were planning a hiatus to explore solo career paths.
The former One Direction member is putting his experiences in the boyband to good use with a new TV series.
Ex-One Direction member Zayn Malik is reportedly developing a television series in the US about life in a boyband. According to reports, Zayn will serve as executive producer on the series and will draw on his own experiences to advise scriptwriters.
Zayn Malik is moving into television
A source told The Sun: “This is a big deal for Zayn. He has been keen to get stuck into different projects outside of music and this is the perfect move. It’s a subject he knows lots about and he will call upon his experiences to advise the scriptwriters on the show.”
Continue reading: Zayn Malik Is Developing A TV Series About Boyband Life
Horan is rumoured to be about to sign a solo record deal with Sony, who also own Cowell's Syco imprint.
Niall Horan has been the quietest of the One Direction boys since the band announced its hiatus at the end of 2015, but a new interview with the band’s mentor Simon Cowell suggests that he might be preparing a solo career in the very near future.
People magazine spoke to the Syco music mogul on Wednesday (July 27th), and in it he praised the “loyalty” of the remaining 1D members by name – except Liam Payne, strangely – and intimated that it would soon be Horan’s turn to launch a solo career. Reports also indicate that it will be Sony (part of the same group as Syco) with whom the 22 year old singer will be inking a deal.
Niall Horan at the SoccerAid charity match in June 2016
Payne recently signed a solo deal with Capitol Records, whose owner Universal is a rival of Sony.
They’ve only been on hiatus for a few months, but it appears Simon Cowell is already having trouble remembering the names of all the One Direction boys. Speaking at an ‘America's Got Talent’ press conference, Cowell failed to mention member Liam Payne while he was praising the loyalty of the boyband.
Has Simon Cowell forgotten about Liam Payne already?
When asked about the band Cowell said: "We're in touch with them. The great thing about all these boys - well not all of them but most of them - they are incredibly loyal and you don't always expect that. Niall, Harry, Louis - amazing.”
Payne is now the third One Direction member to sign a solo contract.
One Direction’s Liam Payne has announced he’s signed a solo deal with Capitol Records, once again causing fans to worry about the boyband’s future. Liam follows former member Zayn Malik in going solo, as well as Harry Styles who also reportedly signed a deal earlier this year.
Liam Payne has inked a solo deal with Capitol Records.
He said in a statement: "I'm really happy to have signed to such a prestigious label as Capitol Records UK. Capitol Records has an amazing history stretching right back before even Frank Sinatra and I'm really looking forward to becoming part of their story.”
Continue reading: Liam Payne Officially Begins Solo Career As He Signs Record Deal
Horan is the cover star of the new edition of Today's Golfer, and revealed he used to play golf to escape the stresses of 1D on tour.
While his bandmates are variously looking after babies and launching solo careers during the group’s hiatus, One Direction’s Niall Horan has been enjoying life outside the band in a rather more low-key way. He’s just scored his first non-1D-related magazine cover – for Today’s Golfer, of all things!
The 22 year old performer is the cover star of the latest issue of the golfing magazine, and in a feature interview reveals that he used to play the sport regularly while on tour with One Direction in order to escape the stresses of being in the world’s most popular boyband.
The boyband beat out the likes of Adele, Ed Sheeran and Little Mix to win a public vote to win Best Live Act at the 2016 O2 Silver Clef Awards.
One Direction scored a surprise by beating the likes of Ed Sheeran and Adele to win the Best Live Act prize at the O2 Silver Clef Awards for the second time in their career – despite currently being on hiatus.
The British boyband won more than 60% of votes in the public poll – the only award of the evening to be decided by a public vote – to beat out the massively popular Adele, Ed Sheeran and Little Mix who have all held huge tours in 2016. Adele has been sweeping the board at pretty much every music awards ceremony since she released 25 last November, while Ed Sheeran’s huge stadium concerts last summer ranked as some of the most well-received in recent memory.
One Direction at the BBC Music Awards in December 2015
Continue reading: One Direction Shock Adele And Ed Sheeran To Win At Silver Clef Awards
Harry was previously rumoured to be working on solo material after One Direction announced their hiatus.
Harry Styles has reportedly signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, the same label behind One Direction, Billboard reports. The news that Styles is ready to become a solo artist has sent some One Direction fans into a panic, worried that it means the band’s hiatus may be permanent.
Harry Styles has reportedly signed a solo record deal.
According to Billboard the terns of Styles’ deal are not yet known and there is no timeline for a solo album. Back in March he left his management company, Modest Management and signed on with Jeffrey Azoff’s newly formed Full Stop Management.
Continue reading: Harry Styles Reportedly Signs Solo Record Deal
Zayn has been enjoying his freedom since leaving the boyband, which includes being able to grow facial hair.
There were many reasons why Zayn Malik decided to quit One Direction last year, but it seems we can now add his desire to grow a beard to the list. Speaking to Paper magazine, Zayn says he wasn't allowed to grow a beard during his One Direction days, meaning he sadly couldn't imitate Al Pacino in Carlito’s Way.
Zayn Malik is now free to grow a beard since going solo.
"Facial hair was a weird thing," he said about his time in One Direction. "I think it's 'cause I just looked old. And they didn't like that. [And] I always wanted a beard! I think every dude does when they're young. Seeing Al Pacino in Carlito's Way, I needed the goatee after that."
After leaving One Direction, Zayn released his debut album 'Mind of Mine' in March.
Zayn Malik has been speaking about going solo after leaving One Direction in his most candid interview yet. Sitting down with Dazed magazine, the 23-year-old explained what he wants to achieve now as a solo artist, after breaking free from the boyband.
Continue reading: Zayn Malik Talks Moving On From One Direction: "I'm Free At Last"
Niall isn't spilling too much on his bandmate’s romance, but says there is ‘a story’ behind Liam and Cheryl.
One Direction’s Niall Horan has spoken about his bandmate Liam Payne’s relationship with Cheryl, revealing, ‘there's a little bit of a story behind it’. The One Direction boys have known Cheryl since she was a judge on the ‘X Factor’ in 2010 where the group was formed. But last year her friendship with Liam took a romantic turn following her split from husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
There's a story behind Liam and Cheryl’s romance, according to Niall Horan.
Speaking in the new issue of Hello! magazine, Niall said: "There's a little bit of a story behind it but I won't be telling you that. She's a great girl, really fun. He's a top man and one of my best friends. She seems happy, he's happy, so I'm happy for them.”
Continue reading: Niall Horan Says There's 'A Story' Behind Cheryl And Liam Romance
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