One Direction is a leading English-Irish pop band founded in 2010. A top-most favorite across the global music industry, the young boy band has commanded meteoric success and popularity in just 5 years only.
The band used to comprise of 5 members – Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles & Liam Pyne- prior to the departure of Zayn Malik in 2014.
Foundation & Early Career
All the 5 members of the band were solo participants in the famous “The X Factor” 2010 and after they failed to progress as single participants in “Boys” category- they were united as a band during bootcamp level of the competition. The unification enabled all of them to compete at “Groups” category.
Though the band came 3rd in the competition yet it took them no time to garner a magnificent popularity all over the UK. One of their most famous numbers from the competition “Forever Young” got leaked onto internet followed by widespread recognition- and shortly the group was signed for a huge 2 million pounds worth Syco Records contract.
After the X Factor competition, One Direction soon joined X Factor Live Tour in 2011 April where they performed amidst loud cheer of a whopping crowd of 500,000 people from all across the UK. Post the tour, the band released their first ever album “What Makes You Beautiful” in 2011 September.
It was not only most pre-ordered single from Sony entertainment ever but also reached the #1 status on UK Singles Chart. After a few months, the album got released in the US & it debuted at #28 on Billboard Hot 100- it marked the highest debut rank for any British album since 1998.
One Direction had its first ever studio album in the year 2012 and it was entitled as “Up All Night”. Topping charts in as many as 16 countries, the album was atop Billboard 200 roster. In November 2012, the band released its 2nd studio album entitled as “Take Me Home”. The most popular single from the album is “Live While We’re Young” which recorded highest 1-week inaugural sales figure for a number sung by non-American artist in the States.
In 2013, One Direction came up with its 3D documentary film “One Direction: This Is US”. In 2014, the band released “Four” and their last album till date is “ Made In The A.M.”
One Direction is the first ever band in the history of American Billboard 200 to debut as #1 with all the four albums till Four. They were declared as “Top New artist” in 2012 by Billboard.
The band has received 5 BRIT awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, 11 MTV Europe Music Awards & 19 Teen Choice Awards. One Direction has been inducted into Guinness World Records for being the first ever British group to come up with #1 status in American chart history with debut album.
One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story)
Who We Are (autobiography)
The band has earned kudos for sparking resurgence in interest for boy bands & as leading another level of British invasion across the US.