One Direction

One Direction Biography

One Direction are five talented, cheeky lads; Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. In just over four years together they have impressively sold more than 45 million records worldwide and have achieved a total of 91 number ones.

The band came together at the boot camp stage of The X Factor 2010 and made it all the way to the final before finishing 3rd. Their global smash debut album, ‘Up All Night’, has sold over 5 million copies and reached #1 in 17 countries. Their BRIT Award winning debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ entered the charts at #1 in the UK. In the U.S., ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ sold more than 131,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. Their #28 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 marked the highest debut from a British Group since the Spice Girls in 1998. ’Up All Night’ also debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart with over 176,000 copies sold in week 1 alone. This made chart history, as 1D became the first British group ever to debut at #1 in the US with their debut album release.

The bands highly anticipated second album, ‘Take Me Home’ has also to date sold over 5 million copies worldwide and reached number 1 in 37 countries. In the summer of 2013 One Direction made their movie debut with their massive hit 3D concert movie and documentary One Direction: This Is Us. The film has been a phenomenal success, topping the UK and US box offices and grossing an incredible $67 Million worldwide.

Their third studio album titled ‘Midnight Memories’ was released globally on November 25th 2013 and features the smash singles ‘Best Song Ever’, ‘Story Of My Life’, title track ‘Midnight Memories’ and ‘You & I’. The fastest-selling album in the UK in 2013, it shot to number 1 in an incredible 31 countries including the USA, UK and Australia.

1D are no strangers to big venues, having ended 2012 selling out Madison Square Garden in less than 10 minutes. 2013 was just as exciting for the boys as they took their Take Me Home Tour to Europe, America, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, winning a BRIT Award, 2 American Music Awards, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 6 Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Video Music Award along the way.

2014 is proving to be just as exciting. They kicked off the year by winning 2 BRIT awards for ‘Best Video” and ‘Global Success’ and released the single ‘You and I’ on May 25th. As well as this, they have embarked on the North American leg of their worldwide ‘Where We Are’ stadium tour, having already completed legs in Europe, South America and UK & Ireland. For more details on the tour visit www.onebigannouncement.com.

On the 19th May 2014 the guys announced details of their ‘On The Road Again’ 2015 Tour. Starting off in Australia before heading to Japan, the tour will then see them play for the first time in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa and Dubai. For more details visit www.ontheroadagain1d.com.

They announced the upcoming release of their fourth album on 8th September, immediately shooting it to number one in the iTunes chart in 65 countries. Titled ‘FOUR’, the new record will be released through Syco Music and Columbia Records on 17th November 2014. The first single off the album, ‘Steal My Girl’ is out now.

One Direction Bio from Discogs

English-Irish teen-pop boy band formed during the British TV singing competition "The X Factor" in 2010. They finished third in the series and subsequently signed with Simon Cowell's label Syco Music.



In November 2011 they released their debut album "Up All Night". The album went straight to number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, which made One Direction the first UK group in US chart history to debut at number one with their first album.



In March 2015, Zain Malik left the group, which came as a big surprise and disappointment for both the remaining members and the group's worldwide fan base, known as Directioners.


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