Based in London, One Direction was formed at the end of season seven of The X Factor in 2010. Previously composed of five members (Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik), they made their debut in 2011 with the release of the album, Up All Night, which eventually went multi-platinum in multiple countries. Since then, they’ve released four additional studio albums and over a dozen singles, all of which have reached music charts.
In 2010, the boys each auditioned as a solo candidate for the seventh season of The X Factor. After failing to advance in the “Judge’s Houses” stage of the competition, judges Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger suggested that they form a boy-band. Coming up with the name One Direction, they eventually performed their first song together, an acoustic rendition of Torn by Ednaswap. As they put on more performances as a group, their popularity quickly soared in the UK.
Later finishing in third place, it was confirmed that they had signed with Simon Cowell’s record label.
How Did One Direction Become Famous
On September 2011, One Direction released their debut single, What Makes Your Beautiful. An uptempo pop track written by Savan Kotecha and Rami Yacoub, it was met with critical acclaim upon its release. Entering the charts at number one in the British Isles, the record received the highest amount of pre-orders in history for a Sony Music Entertainment single. Within the first two days alone, over 82,000 copies have been sold in the UK; since then, this figure has grown to surpass the one million mark.
A global hit, What Makes Your Beautiful also topped the record charts in a few other countries including the US, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland. Responsible for the boys initial wave of fame, the single has since sold over 4.8 million copies across the United States.
One Direction’s Music Albums
Two months later, they dropped their debut album, Up All Night on November 18, 2011. Predominantly a pop album with elements of dance, it centered around the themes of empowerment, heartbreak, and relationships. Praised by critics who commended the album for its catchy titles, the project contained thirteen tracks including Everything About You, Save You Tonight, Stole My Heart, Tell Me a Lie, Taken, Gotta Be You, and Same Mistakes.
A major success, Up All Night ended up becoming the third best-selling album of 2012 in the world, with 4.5 million sales. On the record charts, it reached number one in sixteen countries including the United States, Taiwan, South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, Italy, and Ireland, among others.
Then on November 9, 2012, One Direction released their second album, Take Me Home. A follow-up to their previous global hit, its songs are characterized not only by vocal harmonies, but also rotation of lead vocals. Lauded for its production, thirteen tracks were introduced including They Don’t Know About Us, Back for You, C’mon C’mon, Live While We’re Young, and Change My Mind.
In the UK, it entered the Albums Chart at number one with 155,000 copies sold in the first week. Elsewhere, the album also enjoyed similar success in the United States, Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Denmark. Supported by three singles and a worldwide tour, Take Me Home has since gone platinum three times in the UK and four times in the US with over 5 million copies sold across the globe.
The next fall, their third album, Midnight Memories was released on November 25, 2013. Slightly more “rock” compared to their previous titles, it contained fourteen tracks including Don’t Forget Where You Belong, Better Than Words, Through the Dark, Something Great, You & I, and Little Black Dress. With over 187,000 copies sold in the first four days, it quickly became the fastest-selling album of 2013 in their native UK. Once again a chart topper, it has since received 3x platinum certification in Britain.
Over the next two years, One Direction came out with two additional albums, Four in 2014 and Made in the A.M. in 2015. Both number one hits, well over 6 million copies have been sold worldwide combined.
One Direction’s Philanthropic Efforts
Following their debut, One Direction performed on BBC’s Children in Need Charity Show, helping them to raise more than 26 million pounds. In 2013, they also released a single, One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks) for Comic Relief, another major charity telethon in the UK.
In 2014, the boy band also donated a portion of their ticket sales revenues (£600,000) from their Where We Are Tour to the Stand up to Cancer Campaign. That same year, they also helped to raise funds for the Ebolia Crisis in Africa.
Awards Received by One Direction
Throughout their career, the band has received numerous awards including seven Brit Awards (e.g. British Single of the Year, BRITs Global Success, British Artist Video of the Year), seven American Music Awards (e.g. Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Artist of the Year), and six Billboard Music Awards (e.g. Top Duo/Group, Top Pop Artist, New Artist of the Year). On top of that, they currently also hold the record for having won the most Teen Choice Awards (E.g. 28).
In total, One Direction has won over 200 awards from over 280 nominations.
One Direction’s Snapchat Name – onedirection
While most of the group’s members have their own Snapchats, the band itself also has its own account. If you’d like to add them to your friend’s list, click here.
One Direction’s Other Social Media Accounts
One Direction’s Facebook Account
Want to follow the boy band on Facebook? You can do so by liking their official page at @onedirectionmusic. They already have over 38 million fans on the site, talk about popular!
One Direction’s Twitter Account
For the latest announcements and updates, be sure to follow the group on Twitter- you can find their official account over at @onedirection.
One Direction’s Instagram Account
Interested in following them on the photo sharing app? You’ll be glad to know that you can find them on the platform at @onedirection.
One Direction’s Youtube Channel
You can view many of their videos at @onedirectionchannel. Alternatively, you can stream most of their official music videos at their Vevo page, @OneDirectionVEVO.