One Direction are an English-Irish pop boy band formed in London, England in 2010. The group are composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. Former member Zayn Malik departed from the group in March 2015. One Direction’s five albums, Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories, Four, and Made in the A. M. topped charts in most major markets.
About One Direction in brief
One Direction are an English-Irish pop boy band formed in London, England in 2010. The group are composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. Former member Zayn Malik departed from the group in March 2015. One Direction’s five albums, Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories, Four, and Made in the A. M. topped charts in most major markets. As of 2020, the band have sold a total of 70 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. They have won nearly 200 awards, including seven Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards and 28 Teen Choice Awards. In 2013, they earned an estimated USD 75 million, becoming the second highest earning celebrity under 30 according to Forbes. The band’s Where We Are Tour, in support of Midnight Memories, was the highest-grossing concert tour by a vocal group in history, grossing USD 290. 2 million. The band went on hiatus in January 2016, allowing all members to pursue other projects, including a book licensed by One Direction, Forever Young: One Direction: A Book of One Direction was published by HarperCollins in February 2011. The same month, the boy band performed for 500,000 people throughout the UK on the X Factor Live Tour. Their debut single, “What Makes You Beautiful”, was a commercial success and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart. In September 2011, One Direction released their debut album, “Up All Night”, which took place in Stockholm, London and Los Angeles, as One Direction worked with producers Carl Falk, Savan Savan, Steve Kami, Rami Youb, and Steve Mac, among others.
In 2014, Billboard named the band \”Artist of the Year\”. Forbes ranked them as the fourth highest-earning celebrities in the world in 2015, and second in 2016. They are the first band in the US Billboard 200 history to have their first four albums debut at number one. They were named the world’s best- selling artist of 2013, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry named them the Global Recording Artist of the year in 2014. In March 2015, the group signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor. The song “Forever Young”, which would have been released if they had won the competition, was leaked onto the internet after the final. In January 2011, they flew to Los Angeles to work with record producer Carl Falk. In February 2011, their first album, Forever Young, was released, which was subsequently published by The HarperCollins Sunday Times Best Seller list. In April 2011 the group continued working on their debut Album, “Take Me Home”, which was released in Stockholm. In July 2011, the album was released. In August 2011, One Direction performed on The Voice UK.