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Meet One Direction
One Direction (also known as 1D) are a five-piece boy band, starring Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson.
The band formed back in 2010 when each of the memebers applied for The X Factor. As solo candiddates they failed to qualify, but Nicole Sherzinger (a guest judge at the time) suggested the five be put together – what a genius!
The boys went onto the live shows and ended third. After that they were quickly signed by Syco Music and within a year their debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ was number one in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album ‘Up All Night’ reached #2 in the Album Charts – not bad for a year’s work!
From then on it’s just been onwards and upwards! When One Direction announced their debut headline UK tour, set for December 2011 and January 2012 the tour was sold out in 12 minutes!
Social media meant that One Direction quickly found they had massive support across the entire world and in 2012 they set off on a US Tour with Big Time Rush. Not ones to hang around, by the end of 2012 they were announced 2012’s ‘Top New Artist’ by Billboard and had sold 15 million records worldwide!