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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 1975 frontman Matt Healy asked One Direction to change a song amid fears it sounded too similar to a track by his band.
The British rocker met the pop stars for a writing session while they were working on their 2014 album, Four, and they asked for his opinion on a track titled Change Your Ticket which was reportedly inspired by 1975's song Girls.
Healy asked the band to tweak the song to make it sound less similar, and he was annoyed when they put it on an album without making any changes.
"They got me in, and they said, 'We really like your band. Would you write a song for us?'" he tells Spin.com. "They didn't seem to be actually that interested; they just wanted to play me this song (Change Your Ticket) that they said was really, really inspired by us... (I said) 'Listen guys, fill your boots, the song doesn't sound that much like Girls. But the guitar and the whole vibe of it is a complete lift. So take the guitars off, and we're good."
Continue reading: Matt Healy Opens Up About One Direction Song Dispute
Singer Ronan Keating is jealous of One Direction because he wasted his own time as a boyband heartthrob.
Ronan was thrust into the spotlight as a teenager in the early 1990s as his band Boyzone enjoyed a succession of hits in their native Ireland and the U.K.
However, the Picture Of You singer insists the pressure of pop stardom meant that unlike his modern day counterparts, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan, he didn't take advantage of his fame to enjoy himself.
"I was 16 and I should have been climbing trees and riding my bike, but I was flying first-class to Hong Kong - and I was expected to know what I was doing there," he tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.
Continue reading: Ronan Keating Envies One Direction Lifestyle
Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has rocketed to the top of the U.K. singles chart with his debut solo release, Pillowtalk.
The singer, who quit the boyband last year (15), knocks Shawn Mendes' Stitches off the number one spot after racking up combined sales of 112,000.
Stitches slips to three, behind Jonas Blue's Fast Car collaboration with Dakota3, while Rihanna's new track Work climbs from 13 to four, and Justin Bieber rounds out the new top five with Love Yourself.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. albums countdown, the late David Bowie replaces himself at the top as his 2002 hits collection, Best of Bowie, boots Blackstar from pole position, making him the first artist to achieve the feat since Michael Jackson following his death in 2009.
Continue reading: Zayn Malik Scores First Solo U.k. Number One
The 22 year old is using his break from 1D to set up an agency dedicated to discovering young golfing talent.
The Sun claimed on Wednesday (February 3rd) that the 22 year old, who is an enthusiastic follower of all kinds of sports, has set up a new firm called Modest Golf Management with the help of 1D’s existing management company (also called Modest).
The company will seek to uncover the best in young British and Irish golfing talent. Horan has set up the firm alongside Mark McDonnel, a former account manager at golf equipment brand TaylorMade, to help him with the project.
Continue reading: Niall Horan Sets Up New Golf Agency With One Direction's Management Team
British Pop Star Zayn Malik Is Adamant The Lyrics Of His New Single Pillowtalk Have Been Misconstrued Because The Saucy Single Is Not As Sexy As It Sounds.
The former One Direction singer launched his solo career late last month (Jan16), unveiling his new song along with artwork showing him in a state of undress and a steamy video in which he is seen cavorting with his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid.
Fans have assumed the raunchy track is about sex, but Zayn has now spoken out to declare the lyrics actually refer to a turbulent relationship.
"It's not the whole intention of the song," he tells U.S. radio's the Elvis Duran Morning Show. "The actual intent of the song is even though you have great times in a relationship, you have really bad times as well. But that's what kind of makes it worthwhile, because you learn things and go through experiences that bring you closer together. That's the actual intent of the song. Obviously you have sex, and sometimes you fight during your relationship, so I did mention that in the song. But it's not solely about sex."
Continue reading: Zayn Malik: 'New Song Is Not As Dirty As It Sounds'
One Direction Star Niall Horan Is Indulging His Love Of Golf By Reportedly Setting Up A Sports Management Agency.
The Irish pop star is taking a lengthy break from the band, and a U.K. report suggests he is planning to keep busy during the hiatus by creating his own golf agency to nurture new talent.
Niall, who is a keen golfer, has already taken the first steps to set up the company, Modest Golf Management, which will be a joint venture with One Direction's management agency Modest, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
"It's well known Niall loves golf and has been learning from the best..." a source tells the publication. "Now he wants to discover exciting new players and give them his backing."
Continue reading: Niall Horan Setting Up Golf Agency - Report
Harry Styles Celebrated His 22nd Birthday On Monday (01feb16) By Announcing He Has Split From His Longtime Managers.
The One Direction star is currently on a hiatus from the boy band, but he is keeping busy by signing a new deal with Creative Artists Agency's Jeffrey Azoff, the son of music industry mogul and longtime Eagles handler Irving Azoff.
Executives at Modest Management confirmed the big news in a statement to Billboard, which reads, "We wish Harry the very best. It has been a real pleasure working with him.
"Harry is a total gentleman, and we know our good friend Jeffrey Azoff will look after him. We look forward to sharing some great wine with them next time we are in L.A."
Continue reading: Harry Styles Celebrates Birthday With New Management
Malik was supposed to have chatted to Greg James about his new single and his departure from One Direction.
For the second time in the space of a week, Zayn Malik has cancelled a scheduled media appearance, this time his interview on BBC Radio 1 with Greg James that was intended to be conducted on Monday afternoon (February 1st).
Hundreds of fans waiting outside Radio 1’s London offices for a glimpse of their hero were left disappointed, as Zayn reportedly called off the interview just 45 minutes before going live on air. Instead, DJ Greg James broadcast a tribute segment to Sir Terry Wogan, who passed away at the weekend.
Zayn Malik cancelled a BBC Radio 1 appearance on Monday
Continue reading: Zayn Malik Cancels Radio 1 Interview With Greg James At The Last Minute
Singer Zayn Malik Has Disappointed His British Fans For The Second Time In Less Than A Week By Cancelling Another Media Appearance Just 45 Minutes Before He Was Due On Air.
The former One Direction star is currently promoting his debut solo single, Pillowtalk, but on Monday (01Feb16) he pulled out of a scheduled appearance on BBC Radio One's Greg James Show at the very last minute.
With fans lining the street outside the station's London studios, they received the devastating news the 23-year-old would not be attending after all.
The news comes just days after the singer cancelled an appearance on British chat show the Graham Norton Show last Thursday, (28Jan16) with his representative citing "scheduling issues".
Continue reading: Zayn Malik Cancels UK Radio Appearance At The Last Minute
Liam Payne Has Lent His Full Support To His Ex-girlfriend Danielle Peazer’S New Cosmetics Line.
The One Direction singer dated dancer Danielle for more than two years, but they called things quits in 2013. However they remain friends, with Danielle revealing Liam has her back when it comes to business.
"Having a bit of perseverance and being supported by Liam has been great,” Danielle smiled to Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper. “We still support each other and I think that's been really vital for me and for him.”
A romantic reunion isn’t on the cards though, despite the fact that Liam recently broke up with Sophia Smith.
Continue reading: Liam Payne Supporting Ex's New Business Venture
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