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.
**Strictly embargoed until 00.01 BST Tuesday 1st September** One Direction today (Tuesday 1st September) premiered the action/1D film, 'Dear World Leaders', a three minute, one-of-a-kind emotive and powerful film composed of hundreds of fan submissions describing the world they want to live in. The film, in support of the action/1D campaign, directly calls on world leaders to listen to the changes they want to see made, to make the world a better place for this generation and the next. Harry Styles said: "We've been overwhelmed by the fans' response to action/1D. They continue to amaze us with their passion and dedication, and this film goes to show how engaged they are in the issues that affect them. It's been inspiring to see and hear what matters to them and the world they want to live in." Niall Horan said: "We've had fans from all over the world tell us what matters to them, from equal rights for all to the eradication of poverty, I really hope world leaders take notice of what we and our fans are saying. Hillary Clinton tweeted us her support of action/1D last month - I'm hoping President Obama watches it next!" One Direction is now calling on the public to share the 'Dear World Leaders' film on social media, alongside the hashtag #action1D. The film will also be broadcast in front of thousands of fans at each of the remaining legs of the band's On The Road Again Tour. One Direction launched the action/1D campaign on 8th July. Since then, nearly 80,000 submissions of photos and videos calling out for change were received from 172 countries. The hashtag #action1D has seen a reach of 2.5 billion so far, and trended worldwide on Twitter for 11 hours following the launch of the project in July. The action/1D campaign is part of action/2015, a global citizens' movement which is united by the idea that 2015 can be the year when the world can set the agenda to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality and climate change - but on - London, United Kingdom - Monday 31st August 2015
Simon Cowell has addressed rumours about the longevity of One Direction’s planned ‘break’ in 2016.
Simon Cowell has addressed rumours that One Direction are permanently splitting up. The boy band, which is down to four members after the departure of Zayn Malik in March, devastated their fans earlier this week when they announced they plan to take a temporary break.
One Direction are taking a break next March.
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Cowell, their record label boss, reckons that the break will do them good, and will let them take their time about deciding to reunite.
Ahead of the twelfth series of ‘The X Factor’ launching this weekend, 1D’s Syco record label boss Simon Cowell spoke to MailOnline on Wednesday night (August 26th) and admitted that he’d known for some time that the foursome would be taking an extended break after their “gruelling schedule” over the last few years.
One Direction performing in North America in August 2015
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The band are reportedly taking a hiatus for a year from March 2016.
One Direction fans have been going into panic mode since Monday, when the news broke that the boyband were planning to go on a year long hiatus starting next March. But while the band had initially stayed quiet on the reports, three members have now taken to twitter to try and assure fans this is not the end.
One Direction will be taking a break sometime next year.
‘Ok so Lots of rumours going round. We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well earned break at some point next year,’ Niall Horan wrote on twitter. ‘Don't worry though, we still have lots we want to achieve! Can’t wait for you to hear all the new music we have for you and to perform,’ the 21 year old added.
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Zayn Malik’s been rubbing a few people the wrong way on social media since his departure from One Direction.
Since leaving One Direction earlier this year Zayn Malik has had his fair share of twitter spats, taking on everyone from his former bandmates to Calvin Harris. Now rapper Example and singer Conor Maynard have weighed in on Zayn’s recent twitter antics, which aren't exactly helping to endear the ex-One Directioner to his fellow musicians.
Conor Maynard has ‘unfollowed’ Zayn Malik on twitter.
Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, Example compared Malik to a young Robbie Williams, accusing the singer trying too hard to make a name for himself. "He's probably just a young frustrated guy who is hitting out," Example said.
Continue reading: Conor Maynard And Example Weigh In On Zayn Malik's Twitter Behaviour
‘Drag Me Down’ is the boyband’s first video since Zayn Malik’s exit.
One Direction have released their new video for single ‘Drag Me Down’ and let’s just say it’s out if this world! The video shows Harry, Niall, Liam and Louis inside the NASA Space Centre in Houston, Texas fooling around and being put through their paces before blasting off into outer space.
One Direction have released the video for single ‘Drag Me Down’
The video dropped on Friday (August) 21st and is the group’s first as a foursome following the departure of Zayn Malik earlier this year. The promo was an instant hit among the boyband’s ever loyal fans who had #DragMeDownVideo trending worldwide on twitter within hours of the clip hitting.
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A remark made by Payne at 1D's gig at Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday evening was seized upon as homophobic, which he strongly denies.
One Direction’s Liam Payne has defended himself against accusations of homophobia, after a comment he made during a gig on their North American tour ignited an online backlash from some of the group’s fans.
During their concert in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday evening (August 18th), 21 year old Payne introduced one of the band’s love songs by saying: “This is my favourite song off the last album, and it is about trying to find that number one woman of your life… which none of you can relate to, because most of you are girls. Except for the boys in here, you know what I’m talking about.”
Liam Payne of One Direction
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Zayn and Perrie may be over but the bond between Little Mix and One Direction has stayed strong.
Girl group Little Mix have been confirmed as the support act for One Direction’s show at this year’s Apple Music Festival in London. The group will open for the boys at their headlining show on September 22nd at The Roundhouse theatre in London.
Little Mix will support One Direction at the Apple Music festival.
The gig will be the first time the two pop groups have appeared together since One Direction member Zayn Malik left the band. Zayn was also engaged to Little Mix member Perrie Edwards but the two ended their relationship just a few weeks ago.
The annual festival takes place at London's Roundhouse from September 19-September 28, with more headliners to be announced soon.
Apple has unveiled the first clutch of artists to appear at its annual festival, rebranded as the Apple Music Festival, in London next month. Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure are among the acts to be confirmed on Tuesday (August 18th), with more artists to be announced over the coming days.
The Apple Music Festival will be taking place over 10 nights from September 19th to September 28th at London’s iconic Roundhouse venue in Camden. To tie in with the company’s recent launch of its all-in-one music content application Apple Music, all of the performances will be available for people to watch via the app, both live and on-demand.
Pharrell Williams is one of the first headliners to unveiled for the Apple Music Festival in London
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Zayn Malik and Calvin Harris spent some of Monday evening (17th August) embroiled in an argument on Twitter.
With rumoured ‘bad blood’ with Katy Perry, Twitter feuds with Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus criticising the violent content of one of her music videos, Taylor Swift isn’t that popular with many of her fellow artists. The latest artist to come to blows with Swift, or rather her boyfriend Calvin Harris, is former One Direction star, Zayn Malik. Malik and Harris spent yesterday evening squalling on Twitter after Malik retweeted a picture comparing Swift and Miley Cyrus.
Zayn Malik photographed in London in March 2015.
The pop star couple had been engaged since August 2013, but Zayn apparently severed ties with his fiancee two weeks ago.
The former 1D star, who is in the process of launching a solo career, has left 22 year old Little Mix star Perrie “devastated” after ending their relationship a fortnight ago. A source close to the ex-couple told MailOnline on Tuesday (August 4th): “Perrie is absolutely devastated. Zayn called off the engagement two weeks ago, she's so upset.”
Perrie Edwards promoting Little Mix's single last week, after splitting with Zayn Malik
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Harry Styles , One Direction - 'Good Morning America' Summer Concert Series presents One Direction at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park at Good Morning America, Central Park - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 4th August 2015
One Direction, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach, Lara Spencer , Ginger Zee - One Direction on 'Good Morning America' at Central Park, Good Morning America - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 4th August 2015
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson , One Direction - One Direction performing live at Rumsey Playfield Central Park as part of the GMA Summer Concert Series at Central Park - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 4th August 2015
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