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.
'Drag Me Down' appeared early on Friday morning, and with no radio airplay or promotion ahead of its release, it still reached the top of the iTunes and Spotify charts in double-quick time.
Just a day after Zayn Malik said that he had left them to make “#realmusic”, One Direction are showing that life continues without him as they dropped their first single as a quartet on Friday morning, entitled ‘Drag Me Down’.
The single made a surprise appearance on the iTunes store and Spotify at around 6:30am on Friday (July 31st), followed by its radio debut on BBC Radio 1 a couple of hours later. 1D’s Liam Payne also tweeted a link to the iTunes store, saying “Bit of a surprise! Check out our new single! It’s called ‘Drag Me Down’ & I hope you love it as much as we do.”
One Direction in Sweden
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The 22 year old quit One Direction back in March, and is now making the first steps towards a solo career.
Zayn Malik is getting the next step in his career under way with the news that he’s signed a solo recording deal with the major label RCA, announcing in the process that he intends to make “#realmusic’.
On Wednesday (July 29th), Billboard revealed that the 22 year old ex-One Directioner has also signed up with management company Turn First, who also look after Iggy Azalea, and will be working with R&B producer Malay, somebody who has worked with the likes of John Legend and Frank Ocean.
Zayn Malik is going it alone with RCA
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The ‘X-Factor’ judge has said the band have made enough ‘hits’ to allow for some time off.
‘X-Factor’ judge Simon Cowell has hinted that it might soon be time for One Direction to go on a hiatus, following the news that band member Louis Tomlinson is about to become a father for the first time. Speaking to The Sun newspaper the boyband’s mentor said the group now had enough hits under their belt to allow for some time off.
Simon Cowell has said One Direction could be taking a break soon.
The boyband pop star is expecting his first child with friend Briana Jungwirth.
More news to rock the worlds of One Direction fans emerged today as reports suggest that Louis Tomlinson is to become a father. The boyband member is said to be expecting a baby with Los Angeles-based stylist Briana Jungwirth.
The rumours have not been officially confirmed at the time of writing, but People magazine reported on Tuesday evening (July 14th) that a source close to both parties told them: “Louis is happy and very excited about becoming a dad and he thinks Briana will be an amazing mother. It was a surprise at first, but he and Briana are very, very close friends and this has brought them even closer.”
Louis Tomlinson of 1D is expecting his first child, according to reports
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Ex-One Directioner Zayn Malik’s latest twitter spat is with his former BBF, producer Naughty Boy.
It seems that the friendship and musical collaboration between Zayn Malik and producer Naughty Boy is official over, after the ex-One Direction member aimed some not subtle tweets at his former friend. The pair were thought to be working together on Zayn’s solo material ever since the 22 year old announced his departure from the boyband in March.
Zayn Malik and producer Naughty Boy appear to have had a falling out.
On Monday Malik tweeted, "NaughtyBoyMusic you fat joke stop pretending we're friends no one knows you.” Later following up with, "Someone learned how to upload a video... maybe now he should learn how to use logic ha you ain't s*** but a faker.”
1D's leader is looking forward to the band's North American tour, which starts on July 9th.
Ahead of their North American tour, Harry Styles has claimed that the new One Direction shows have been “some of the best we’ve had” and that the group has not been knocked off its stride despite Zayn Malik’s highly publicised departure earlier this year.
Styles was speaking to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the latest leg of their ‘On The Road… Again’ tour kicking off in San Diego on July 9th. The massive stadium tour has suffered from a dip in ticket sales, but that hasn't affected the band's mindset at all.
One Direction performing in Sweden in 2015
Perry made more than any other musician this year including rival Taylor Swift and boyband One Direction.
Katy Perry graces the cover of Forbes' annual ‘Highest Earning Celebrities’ issue this month, as the singer is ranked as the world’s highest paid female entertainer as well as the biggest money making musician. Perry comes in a number three overall on the list and is beaten only by boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao after their record breaking fight last month.
Katy Perry is 2015’s highest earning musician.
Mayweather tops the list after making an incredible $300 million in earnings, mostly thanks to the ‘fight of the century’ which took place May 1st in Las Vegas. His opponent Manny Pacquiao didn't do too badly for himself either, coming in second place with earnings of $160 million.
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The hashtag #ZaynIsComingBack had been trending, but a rumoured return for Malik would now seem to be put to rest.
Over the last week or so, rumours had been escalating that that 22 year old Malik, who quit the group citing exhaustion during their tour of the Far East back in March, was set to make a sensational U-turn and rejoin the boyband.
1D will be remaining as a foursome, despite some rumours that Zayn Malik would be returning
There's no ring on that finger. Yet.
No, Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards are not married. Yet. Probably. After rumours started circulating in certain online circles this week (looking at you, Tumblr), it seems that the rumours were in fact, greatly exaggerated.
Zayn Malik - still not married.
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UK albums and singles generated approximately $2.75 billion in world sales last year.
One Direction and Ed Sheeran led a record breaking year for British artists in 2014, who had five of the top 10 best-selling albums worldwide. More than one in seven albums sold worldwide last year were by British artists, giving them a record 13.7% share of the global market.
One Direction’s Four was the highest selling British album of 2014.
One Direction led the way with Four, which was the biggest-selling album by a UK artist in 2014, with 3.2 million in global sales. The boyband came in second over all and were only beaten by Taylor Swift’s 1989 which sold six million copies worldwide.
One Direction, Harry Styles and Liam Payne - The opening night of the European leg of One Direction's 'On The Road Again' tour at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff at Millenium Stadium - Cardiff, United Kingdom - Friday 5th June 2015
Ellie Goulding may have been on a ‘few dates’ with One Direction’s Niall Horan but she was never romantically involved with Ed Sheeran.
Ellie Goulding has confirmed and denied a few relationship rumours we’ve been curious to know are true or false for some time. The 28-year-old singer is currently in a relationship with McFly band member Dougie Poynter and she couldn’t be happier. However, she wanted to set the record straight when it came to her ‘relationship’ with a certain pop star.
Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter have been dating since early this year.
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31st July, 2015