The London based, multi-member band consists of heart throbs, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson. Together the singers have brought forth hit singles that have dominated the pop industry. Singles such as "Live While We’re Young", "What Make You Beautiful", "Little Things" and the cover of "One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)" have topped charts and broken records throughout the world. As of 2013, One Direction’s worth has been estimated at a whopping twenty five million dollars.
Formation and the Early Years
It was back in 2010 when singers, Malik, Horan, Payne, Tomlinson and Styles auditioned for The X Factor’s seventh season. Unable to make their way to the judge’s house, the singers thought their time at the reality singing competition had ended. However, these five contestants were put together to form a boy band, that would proceed in the competition. The name for the group was chosen by Harry Styles and with this, they initiated their journey to become a worldwide phenomenon. Finishing third, Simon Cowell decided to offer the singers a two million pound recording contract with his record label company, Syco Records. In February 2011, One Direction embarked on the X Factor Live Tour, where they were able to sing in front of 500,000 people. After two months of touring, One Direction finally settled down to work on their debut album.
Albums and Releases
The band’s debut single came out in September, 2011. Named "What Makes You Beautiful" not only topped the UK Singles Chart, it also became the most pre-ordered single in Sony Music Entertainment’s history. Further single releases "One Thing" and "Gotta Be You", were also able to peak the UK Singles Chart. As the band was on its way to conquering the pop industry, they were approached by Columbia Records and signed with the company for representation in Northern America. Columbia Records released "What Makes You Beautiful" in the US in February, 2012. Debuting at number twenty eight on the Billboard Hot 100, the single sold over four million copies. This was followed by their debut album release titled "Up All Night" which became UK’s fastest selling album. It also debuted on top of the Billboard 200 Chart, making One Direction the first UK band to do so.
To date "Up All Night" has sold three million records. In September, 2012 One Direction released a single from their upcoming sophomore album. "Live While We’re Young", topped charts in every country where it was released and became the highest grossing single. Another single "Little Things" also debuted at the top of the UK Singles Chart, making One Direction the youngest band to achieve this feat. Their sophomore album "Take Me Home" topped charts in thirty four countries including the US and UK and was able to sell over 4.5 million copies.
If you are amongst their millions of fans, you can catch One Direction performing in Melbourne, Sydney, Hindmarsh, Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Perth, London, Edinburgh, Santiago, Sunderland, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. Get now, before they run out.