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Midnight Memories (album)
Midnight Memories cover
Information
Released

November 25, 2013

Recorded

2012-2013

Genre

Rock, Folk Rock, Folk Pop, Folk, Rock N Roll, Hard Rock

Label

Syco, Columbia

Singles from Midnight Memories (album)
  1. "Best Song Ever"
    (Released: July 22, 2013)
  2. "Story of My Life"
    (Released: October 28, 2013)
  3. "Midnight Memories"
    (Released: January 31, 2014)
  4. "You & I"
    (Released: May 26, 2013)
Midnight Memories is pop rock band One Direction's  third studio album. It was released on Monday, November 25, 2013 and was available for pre-order from September 9, 2013.[1][2] It has reached number one in over ninety countries including the United Kingdom and the USA.

Background

Midnight Memories - title

The title of the album from the video.

The members of One Direction began work on a third studio album while embarking on their second tour, the Take Me Home Tour.[3] The album was announced simultaneously with the news of the band's third world tour, the Where We Are Tour. Louis announced that the album would have a more "rockier" sound to it. The track listing for the album was leaked on July 2, 2013, but later it was revealed that it may not be the final decision. Ed Sheeran, who previously wrote "Little Things" and "Moments", will not be singing a collaboration with the group, as earlier reports suggested.

The official title of the album was revealed on September 6, 2013, after Zayn tweeted a short video with Harry writing out the word "Mid" out of a pile of alphabet letters on the floor.[4] Later at 4pm, the full video was posted on instagram with Harry spelling the whole name of the album, Midnight Memories.[5] On September 17, 2013, Niall tweeted that he will be playing guitar on some of the tracks on the album.[6]

Midnight-memories-tracklisting

Track listing of Midnight Memories.

The artwork was released early exclusively by the popular British newspaper "The Sun" via a tweet from their twitter account[7] and was confirmed the following morning by the one direction twitter account in another tweet[8]. The early access was only available to those people who had a membership with the online version of the newspaper.

On October 11, 2013, One Direction revealed the track listing for the album via a "#MidnightMemoriesTrackQuiz" on Twitter.[9] It revealed the names of the tracks with a mixture of hints and filling in the gap style questions. The deluxe edition tracklist was revealed through the release of the deluxe edition on iTunes.

It was then announced that One Direction will be teaming up with iHeart Radio to have an album release party on November 22, 2013 in Los Angeles. It would preview the songs on the album with the boys.

On October 17, 2013, though a tweet[10], it was revealed in a video[11] posted in a news article on the one direction website[12] that:

  • If you had pre-ordered any of the singles from Midnight Memories and you wanted to buy the album then you wouldn't be charged for the track you'd already bought.
  • If you had pre-ordered the album you would automatically get a copy of:

A video and an image of the lyrics was posted for the early release of each track. One for Story of My Life and one for Diana.

A TV advert[13] was released and seen on youtube as well as on TV. There were also posters in bus stops and on billboards. There were also countdown videos till the day of the album release on November 25. There was a video for 11 days to go[14] and 8 days to go[15] The album was leaked on November 18, 2013, seven days ahead of its official release.[16]. It was released on the 25th of November 2013 and there was also a little video[17] posted on their channel. It reached number 1 in over 90 countries and all 18 tracks were on the top iTunes top 100 chart in America by the end of the day. They announced their 4th single as You & I through a 7 second Youtube video[18] on April 11, 2014.

Singles

Tour

Main article: Where We Are Tour

Editions

Main article: Editions of Midnight Memories

Track listing

Standard Edition
# Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Best Song Ever" Wayne Hector, John Ryan, Haille Walker, Julian   Bunetta, Ed Drewett       Julian Bunetta 3:20
2. "Story of My Life" Jamie Scott, John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles       Julian Bunetta 4:05
3. "Diana" John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne                                               Julian Bunetta, and      John Ryan 3:05
4. "Midnight Memories" Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, John Ryan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne Julian Bunetta, and John Ryan 2:56
5. "You & I" Hector , Mich Hansen, Bunetta , Harry Johnson, Joseph Belmaati, Alistair Tennant  Julian Bunetta, and John Ryan 3:57
6. "Don't Forget Where You Belong" Niall Horan, Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter, and Tom Fletcher 4:01
7. "Strong" Louis Tomlinson, John Ryan, Jamie Scott, and Julian Bunetta Julian Bunetta, and John Ryan 3:04
8. "Happily" Harry Styles, Savan Kotecha, and Carl Falk           Carl Falk 2:55
9. "Right Now" Ryan Tedder, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson          Ryan Tedder 3:20
10. "Little Black Dress" Liam Payne , Louis Tomlinson , Julian Bunetta , John Ryan , and John Theodore Geiger Julian Bunetta , John Ryan , and John Theodore Geiger 2:37
11. "Through The Dark" Liam Payne , Louis Tomlinson , Jamie Scott , and Toby Smith Jamie Scott , and Toby Smith 3:41
12. "Something Great" Harry Styles , Jacknife Lee , and Gary Lightbody (of Snow Patrol)        Jacknife Lee 3:56
13. "Little White Lies" Liam Payne , Louis Tomlinson , Julian Bunetta , Ed Drewett , John Ryan , and Wayne Hector Julian Bunetta and John Ryan 3:17
14. "Better Than Words" Liam Payne , Louis Tomlinson , Julian Bunetta , John Ryan , and Jamie Scott Julian Bunetta and John Ryan 3:27

Commercial Success

United Kingdom

  • Within the first week of its release, Midnight Memories sold more than 237,000 copies, making it the fastest selling album in the UK of 2013, beating Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, with 165,000 copies. It spent two weeks at number one.
  • At the end of 2013, it was the highest selling album of 2013, shifting 685,000 copies, after only five weeks since it's release.
  • “This tops an amazing year for us!” Liam Payne told OfficialCharts.com.“We're so excited to have the biggest selling album in the UK this year, especially with a record we are all so proud of. We'd like to thank everyone who has bought the album, it really means a lot to us.”

Worldwide

  • In August 2014, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announced Midnight Memories to the biggest selling album of 2013, selling a total of 4 million copies in only 5 weeks, beating Eminem and Justin Timberlake to the top of the chart.

Promotion

Live performances

2013
Date Event Song(s) Watch Country
November 21, 2013 The X Factor (U.S.) "Story Of My Life" Tv United States
November 24, 2013 The X Factor (UK) "Story Of My Life" England
December 19, 2013 The X Factor (UK) "Midnight Memories" Tv England
2014

References

  1. Twitter Harry's Tweet
  2. Twitter One Direction's Tweet
  3. Capitalfm.com Third studio album
  4. Twitter Zayn's Tweet
  5. Instagram Video by onedirection
  6. Twitter Niall's tweet
  7. Twitter The Sun's tweet
  8. Twitter One Direction's cover art tweet
  9. Twitter One Direction tracklist quiz tweet
  10. Twitter One Direction - Pre-release tracks
  11. YouTube One Direction - Pre-release tracks
  12. Onedirectionmusic.com One Direction - "Have You Pre-Ordered Midnight Memories Yet?"
  13. Youtube.com TV Advert - Midnight Memories by One Direction
  14. Yooutube.com Midnight Memories Countdown Calendar - 11 Days To Go!
  15. Yuotube.com Midnight Memories Countdown Calendar - 8 Days To Go!
  16. Mirror.co.uk Midnight Memories leaked ahead of its release
  17. Youtube.com Midnight Memories Countdown Calendar 25th Nov - Midnight Memories OUT NOW!
  18. YouTube.comYou & I single announcment
  19. http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/one-direction-score-fastest-selling-album-of-their-career-with-midnight-memories-2642/

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