Irish-English boy band, One Direction found fame from the famous show The X Factor, where they earned third spot. Today, they are referred to as the “British Invasion”.
How It All Began
The five members of One Direction actually auditioned for The X Factor’s seventh season as solo candidates. When they failed to progress further into the Boys category, they were suggested to perform together as a five piece band by the guest judge Nicole Scherzinger. The boys joined hands and One Direction the band was formed. They ended up being the third finalists on the show and even before formally starting their career, had a huge fan following.
Official X Factor Story
Soon after the show, the band signed to Syco Records and started working on their debut album in 2011. Before the release of the album, the band released a book “One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story)” which ended up being in The Sunday Times “Best Seller” list. This made the success of their debut album even more inevitable.
The band’s debut single, which topped the UK Singles Chart, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ was released in September of 2011. It also became Sony Music Entertainment’s most pre-ordered single. Their long awaited debut album “Up All Night” was finally globally released in early 2012. It became the fastest selling album of UK; it also made One Direction the first British band to debut at number one on the US charts. This also got them an induction in ‘Guinness Book of World Records’. Up All Night Tour started in the mid of 2012, which was of course, a major success. They also performed at the Summer Olympic 2012’s closing ceremony. Later that year, they were nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards, winning all three, including the category of “Best New Artist”.
Journey from Take Me Home to Midnight Memories
‘Take Me Home’; One Direction’s second studio album came out in November of 2012. The songwriters spent six months developing the songs for the album in Stockholm. The album got mixed reviews from the critics; however, it was received with full enthusiasm by the growing fans across the globe. The album as well as its first single, Little Things, managed to debut at number one in the UK. It made the band UK’s youngest act to achieve the feat. It sold 4.5 million records internationally. In August of 2013, the band released a 3D film based on their journey into the world of music by the name of “This Is Us”. The single from the film ‘Best Song Ever’ came out in July, and is going to be the lead single of the band’s upcoming album “Midnight Memories”. One Direction has mentioned that their upcoming album is going to be “slightly rockier” and “edgier”. Soon the band will embark on a tour to promote it and Directioners are rushing to avail One Direction cheap ticket deals.