One Direction making "Midnight Memories" (updated 12/12/2013)
The guys of One Direction sure seem to know what every girl wants … to hear, that is. The band gave a debut performance of their track "Through the Dark" on Saturday Night Live December 7, and the females in the audience shrieked appropriately at the line, "I know you wanna be loved," the lyrics about wanting a girl to know there is hope after a broken heart.
These guys have been doing anything but breaking hearts lately. Truth is, they've simply been too busy. Their third studio album, "Midnight Memories," dropped on November 25, 2013. The lead single, "Best Ever Song," was released in time for their first stadium tour earlier in the year, and it was followed by "Story of My Life" which the band members celebrated by each posting a photo from their childhood on their website.
Promotion for "Midnight Memories" was madness, indeed, with the guys performing on both the American and British X Factor. They also took part in what they called "1D," a seven-hour-long "Thank you" to their fans that was streamed worldwide and featured everything from performances with Michael Buble to the band crashing Google hangouts around the globe. They also competed in fashion face-offs and failed at setting a number of Guinness World Records in the process. Not only did "Midnight Memories" debuted at number one in both the UK and the US, it made them the first group in history to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 with their first three albums.
Tickets for their 2014 North American stadium tour have already gone on sale, with dates set from August 1 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada and wrapping October 5 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Boy Band Vows to 'Live While We're Young' (Updated April 17, 2013)
One Direction's sophomore album, "Take Me Home," made a lot of noise in its first week on the charts. Released in November 2012, the lead single, "Live While We're Young," climbed inside the top ten in nearly every country it charted. And when the follow-up, "Little Things," was released, it debuted at number one in the UK simultaneously with the album, making One Direction the youngest act in British chart history to achieve that feat.
The band wasn't done yet.
"Take Me Home" sold 540,000 copies in its first week, making One Direction the first act to place two albums in the year-end top five in the Nielsen SoundScan era. The projects were also the number three and four best-selling albums of 2012 globally, selling 4.5 and 4.4 million units, respectively. Talk about a commercial success!
Not only did One Direction perform for Queen Elizabeth II at the end of 2012, but came back stateside to play a sold-out show at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden. It was a run through, it seemed, for their "Take Me Home Tour," which kicked off in February 2013 and will consist of over 100 shows in Europe, North America and Australasia. Tickets were gone in many places as soon they went on sale, with some 300,000 snatched up within a day of release in both the UK and Ireland.
Fans of One Direction can also look forward to the screening of the band's first 3D movie, "One Direction: This is Us," in August.
Meet One Direction
Young girls shriek. Some cry. Most shout to be heard above the ear-piercing screams of other fans, professing their love for the boys of One Direction. The British pop quintet, consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson have performed to frenzied crowds around the world.
Originally inked to Simon Cowell's Syco Records after placing third in the seventh series of the British music competition The X Factor, the group known to fans as 1D appeared in New York City on March 12 -- a day before the release of 'Up All Night,' their chart-topping debut album. An estimated 15,000 fans turned out to greet them, spilling into the streets and forcing the appearance of the New York Police Department.
Not since the days of 98 Degrees, the Backstreet Boys and ?N Sync have the crowds swelled and wallets opened for a boy band like they do for 1D. Their breakout single, 'What Makes You Beautiful,' became the highest-charting debut for a U.K. artist on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1998. In-store signings shut down malls, and the launch of 'Up All Night' helped the group unseat Bruce Springsteen to become the top-selling artists on Nielsen SoundScan with 176,000 copies sold.
One Direction has supported their album with their 'Up All Night Tour.' They've also started work on their second studio project, due for release in late 2012, with the first single expected in September. The group will headline Madison Square Garden on December 3 and has a world tour set for 2013, with ticket sales in Australia and New Zealand already topping $15 million and a six-date sell out at London's The O2 Arena. Off stage the members of One Direction have dabbled in television, released three books published by HarperCollins, and dedicated time to various philanthropic causes. As on June 2012, they were said to collectively represent a $50 million empire
One Direction Announces 2015 Tour Dates
The boys of One Direction never stop, do they? The world’s reigning boy band has just wrapped up their 2014 touring schedule, so of course, they’ve planned out their tour dates (a stadium tour, to be exact) for 2015. They’ll start off with a leg in Europe, hitting the States and Canada in the summer.…Read more
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