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.
Malik's friend, producer Naughty Boy, also got involved in the social media spat on Wednesday.
On Wednesday afternoon, a notable feud broke out on Twitter between Malik and remaining 1D member Louis Tomlinson, later continued on Zayn’s behalf by his producer friend Naughty Boy. For the first time, it indicates that might be bad blood surrounding Malik’s departure after all.
Zayn Malik at the Asian Awards ceremony last month
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Zayn Malik has changed his Twitter handle and bio, removing all reference to his former band One Direction. Although this was inevitable (Malik left the band in March), his fans appear unable to accept this and have taken to social media to mourn.
Zayn Malik has deleted all references to One Direction on his Twitter account. His Twitter handle, which was @ZaynMalik1D until yesterday (Thursday 30th April), has been changed to just @ZaynMalik. The 22-year-old has also deleted the link to the One Direction website from his bio. To say One Direction fans are taking this recent update badly is something of an understatement.
Zayn Malik with his mother at the 5th Annual Asian Awards in London in April.
The song debuted on the comedian’s Comedy Central series and has stuck a chord on social media.
On Tuesday night’s edition of ‘Inside Amy Schumer’, a fictional boyband, that may or may not have been based on One Direction, performed ‘Girl, You Don't Need Makeup’. A song which may or may not have been based on, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. As well as being pretty funny, the song also inspired women to tweet Schumer selfies of their makeup-free faces, using the hashtag, #girlyoudontneedmakeup.
Schumer encouraged fans to tweet their no make-up selfies.
The song highlighted the mixed messages often heard in the media when it comes to make- up and natural beauty. The boys began by singing to Amy, ‘You don't need no lipstick / You don't need no blush / 'Cause you've got that inner natural glow / Magazines say that you're whack / Girl, don't believe them / Just leave that tabloid trash on the rack.’
One Direction have been writing songs for an upcoming fifth album, and Payne was describing them to Capital FM.
Barely a month after the departure of Zayn Malik, One Direction are clearly wasting no time in getting on with their career. Group member Liam Payne has suggested that the songs for their new album sound “great” and a bit like Oasis.
Payne was speaking to Capital FM on Tuesday morning and said “the album's coming together really well actually. The boys we've been writing with have come up with some great, great songs that are kind of like a bit Oasis-y almost, which is ace. I love that.”
Liam Payne was talking about the new 1D album to Capital FM on Tuesday
Continue reading: Liam Payne Claims New One Direction Songs Sound Like Oasis
Having broken the hearts of millions when Robbie Williams quit in 1995, Take That have had first hand experience of carrying on life as a four-piece group.
Mark Owen was speaking to British radio station Magic FM when he was asked about the similarity of the two situations, and replied “Do you know what, one thing that we never did when Rob left us the first time is we never... You get caught up in your world and you forget sometimes... hopefully somebody's phoned Zayn and made sure he's alright, because it's, you know, it's difficult.”
Take That early in 2015
If you got the chance to ask Stephen Hawking about anything, surely Zayn Malik would top the list?
We all know Stephen Hawking is a genius who can give us answers on some of the universe’s most mind-boggling questions. So what better person is there to ask about the most troubling and puzzling question of recent times, what is the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction?
Stephen Hawking may have just given million of One Directioners hope.
Professor Hawking was speaking at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday night via a 3D hologram projection from his actual location at Cambridge University in the U.K. During the talk Hawking answered questions from his daughter, journalist Lucy Hawking and physicist Paul Davies, as well as audience members at the Opera house.
He speaks! The former 1D member gets back on social media for the first time since his split from the group last month.
After nearly a month of social media silence, former One Direction member Zayn Malik has tweeted for the first time since his departure from the group in the middle of the South East Asian leg of their world tour.
“Wanna say thanks to everyone that's been there for me over the last few weeks,” he wrote. “Love you all.. you know who you are x.” Nothing too profound or revelatory, but it’s a sign that the 22 year old is ready to re-engage with the world and, perhaps, some word of solo material.
Zayn Malik at the Asian Awards with his mother
Is Harry Styles going to leave One Direction?
Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker who directed One Direction's This Is Us movie, has claimed that Harry Styles will be next to leave the band. Speaking to TMZ.com, the Supersize Me star admitted he didn't think the group would stay together for much longer.
Morgan Spurlock says Harry Styles [center] is likely to leave One Direction
"I think they'll stay together for a little while, for a little bit longer and then at some point Harry will leave, he'll be next," he said.
Continue reading: Morgan Spurlock Claims Harry Styles Will Leave One Direction
The former One Directioner attended the event at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday.
Zayn Malik has made his first public appearance since leaving One Direction, at the fifth Annual Asian Awards. The 22 year old debut a new shaved hairstyle at the event, where he was accompanied by his mother Trisha Malik.
Zayn was accompanied to the event by his mother, Trisha.
The 22-year-old was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the ceremony, which was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Accepting the award Zayn referenced his time in the million selling pop group and thanked his former bandmates.
Zayn left the band last month and is said to be now pursuing a solo career.
We knew it would happen one day, but One Direction have officially picked up the pieces and moved on since saying goodbye to Zayn Malik last month. In news which might be upsetting to some, the group have just released their first official photo as a four piece, showing life will go on for the boyband after Zayn's departure.
The new One Direction, minus Zayn Malik
In the pic Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson stand against a plain background and appear to look a little apprehensive about their future. While some have described the image as a little on the depressing side, the band do seem to be getting on with things as normal and have even begun recording their fifth album.
The boys have given their first interview since the departure of Zayn Malik.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for One Direction and the group’s legion of fans, but it seems the boys are beginning to come to terms with Zayn Malik's exit. Speaking for the first time since Zayn's departure, the band assured fans they would continue, despite going from a five piece to a four some in the past month.
Don't cry fans: One Direction will carry on without Zayn Malik.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper Liam Payne said, “We’re gutted that Zayn chose to leave but now after a few performances as a four piece, we’re feeling confident and are determined to carry on stronger than ever.”
Life goes on for the group, who recently began life as a four-piece after the departure of Zayn Malik last week.
Though the departure of Zayn Malik has broken the hearts of millions of their fans around the world and dominated the headlines, One Direction are seemingly already preparing for life as a four-piece with the suggestion that they’re already planning work on their next album.
Group member Niall Horan tweeted to his 21.9 million followers on Sunday (March 29th) that 1D are heading into sessions in the near future. He wrote: “Had a sit down last night with the label, started organising our writing sessions for the next album! F**kkk yeaaaahhhh! Can't wait!”
One Direction are getting ready to make their first album without Zayn Malik (2nd L)
'I Won't Mind', shared on SoundCloud by producer Naughty Boy, was actually made last year during the sessions for the band's recent album 'Four'.
Fans might have been understandably misled when, earlier on Tuesday, a song featuring Zayn was posted on SoundCloud by British producer Naughty Boy, which many took to be the ex-Directioner’s first solo material. However, a source close to the 22 year old star told MailOnline that this was merely an old song that never saw the light of day.
Zayn Malik's "new solo track" 'I Won't Mind' was actually an old 1D song
Continue reading: 'New Zayn Malik' Song Is In Fact Old One Direction Song
Don't worry, Directioners, the show must go on.
First they were afraid, they were petrified, kept thinking they could never live without him by their side... but One Direction seem to have moved on from Zayn Malik’s departure fairly quickly. So says Niall Horan, in a series of tweets which revealed that the band is already planning a return to the studio.
One Direction are now going in separate directions.
He wrote: "Had a sit down last night with the label, started organising our writing sessions for the next album! F**k yeaaaahhhh! Can't wait!"
Continue reading: One Direction Moving On After Zayn Malik's Departure
After breaking hearts by announcing his departure from One Direction, is Zayn Malik about to embark on a lucrative solo career?
Zayn Malik’s plans of leading the life of a normal 22 year old might have hit bit of a roadblock, as it appears the former One Directioner is about to embark on a solo career. Zayn sent One Direction fans into a meltdown on Wednesday when he announced his departure from the boyband, after previously being signed off the group’s current tour due to stress.
In announcing his departure from the band Malik said in a statement, "My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologise to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart.”