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One Direction Biography
One Direction ;is a British-Irish pop boyband consisting of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan. Former member Zayn Malik left the band in March 2015. They were contestants on the seventh season of The X Factor UK in 2010, and finished third. Despite losing, the group was immediately signed toSyco Music by Simon Cowell.
One Direction's debut single, "What Makes You Beautiful" was released on September 11, 2011 and debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number one on September 18, 2011. It became the third fastest selling single of 2011, selling 153,965 copies. It is one of the best selling singles of all time.
In five years since becoming a band, One Direction sold over 50 million albums worldwide, and were the first band to ever have four albums debut at #1 on the US Billboard 200. Four of One Direction's albums have sold over a million copies in the USA. As of 2015, they were the 2nd highest earning celebrities of the year, earning $130 million. Their fourth world tour, On the Road Again, acquired over $188 million and saw the most concert tickets sold that year.
On March 25, 2015, it was confirmed via a Facebook statement that Zayn had quit the band due to exhaustion and a desire to begin a solo career. He later revealed he never felt he fitted into the band and his preferred musical taste was different from the group's overall pop-rock sound. He released his debut single on January 29, 2016. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis continued the band, and their On The Road Again Tour, as a four piece.
On July 31, 2015, One Direction surprise released their first single without Zayn, Drag Me Down. It reached #1 on iTunes in over 90 countries worldwide and was one of the best selling songs of 2015. On November 13, 2015, One Direction's fifth album Made in the A.M. was released. It debuted at #1 in Europe and also spawned the top 10 singles Perfect and History.
On August 23, 2015, tabloid The Sun reported One Direction were taking a break in 2016, but used the headline "This Is The End" which caused other media outlets to report the band was splitting up. Niall confirmed the band would be taking a break from touring on Twitter the next day, but said they had no plans to split up. Louis also tweeted his reassurance and both said they still had lots more they wanted to achieve as a band. This hiatus is the band's first and only break since 2010. Sony confirmed they will not be pursuing solo careers. The band has confirmed in numerous interviews they may write or produce songs for other acts, which Liam and Harry have already done in the past. Despite media outlets claiming the band is "breaking up", all four have continually explained this is simply a well deserved break, something all artists take. They've even expressed frustration with the continued assumption of a split; Niall stated, "It seems like no matter how many times we say that we are not breaking up, the more people are convinced we are breaking up, so I have given up trying to explain it. It will be good to be able to get home a bit more, because that really is the only downside of the gig." The exact time frame of the break is not confirmed as the band want to be able to decide when they're ready. They have suggested 18 months, one year and two years. The hiatus officially began on December 13, 2015.
Further Career Developments
In early 2016, Liam began reworking on several collaborations with rapper Juicy J and previewed a song on Instagram. He has hinted that he would like to work with Zayn again. A Juicy J demo titled 'You' featuring Liam on the chorus leaked on April 20, and was subsequently denied as an upcoming single by Liam himself. Liam will appear as a feature vocalist on Juicy J's album. Harry split from Simon Jones's PR and signed with DawBell PR on January 26, then split from Modest Management on February 1. He is now managed by music mogulIrving Azoff's son, Jeff. In March, it was reported by a number of reliable sources that Harry had landed a role in Christopher Nolan's upcoming war film Dunkirk, however this is still unconfirmed. In March, Louis began scouting talent for his record label imprint, which he began in early 2015. Louis will play in an All Stars soccer match for charity in June. Pop singer Shawn Mendes revealed on February 3 during a radio interview that Niall had approached him with an offer to write songs together. McFly's Danny Jones also told media on April 26, that Niall had approached him about writing songs for a female artist he planned on launching soon. Niall appeared at the 2016 Masters in Augusta and will hold a golfing event for charity in May.
As of April 2016, no member of One Direction has officially released any solo work.
The X Factor (2010-11)
First photo of One Direction as a group.
Originally, each member auditioned as a solo artist for the seventh season of The X Factor UK (It was Liam's second time auditioning, he first auditioned in 2008). They each made it through to bootcamp, but were eliminated prior to judges' houses. The judges decided that the groups were not evenly split. So, they called back ten contestants they previously favoured but felt weren't strong enough to be soloists. Among those contestants called back were Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis. They were placed into a group and were allowed to continue competing.
Following bootcamp, all five members of the band spent two weeks living at Harry's dad's bungalow in Cheshire in order to get to know each other.
One Direction were the clear favorite to win throughout the season, generating massive and unprecedented fan and media hype. Ultimately, they finished in third place behind runner up Rebecca Ferguson and winner Matt Cardle. Simon Cowell signed One Direction to his record label, Syco on December 13, 2010.
Up All Night (2011-12)
One Direciton released their debut album, Up All Night on November 18, 2011. The singles released were "What Makes You Beautiful", "One Thing", "Gotta Be You", and "More Than This". Up All Night sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide and What Makes You Beautiful became one of the best selling songs of all time.
Take Me Home (2012-13)
In November 2012, One Direction released their second album Take Me Home, which includes the singles "Live While We're Young", "Little Things" and "Kiss You". The album reached number one in 35 countries.
Midnight Memories (2013)
In November 2013, One Direction released their third album Midnight Memories, which includes the singles "Best Song Ever", "Story of My Life", "Midnight Memories" and "You & I". Midnight Memories was the best selling album of 2013, selling four million copies.
One Direction's fourth studio album was released on November 17, 2014. The album was announced on September 8 along with a free download of promotional single, Fireproof. The song acquired over a million downloads in 24 hours. The album only featured two singles, Steal My Girl and Night Changes. The album sold over a million copies in the USA and became their fourth to reach #1 on the US Billboard 200. Fans organised a significantly successful online project to promote album track No Control as if it were a single, which saw the song added to radio station playlists, featured in interactive video game Just Dance and eventually won a Teen Choice Award. Four was Zayn Malik's final album as a member of One Direction.
Made In The A.M. (2015)
One Direction in 2015
One Direction's fifth studio album was released on November 13, 2015. It was their first album without Zayn Malik. Drag Me Down was the first single from the album, released on July 31, 2015. It sold more than 300,000 digital copies on the first day of release and was #1 in 90 countries on iTunes. Two more singles, Perfect and History were released, and reached the top 10 worldwide.