2010 - present
One Direction's first single, "What Makes You Beautiful" was released on September 11, 2011 and debuted in the UK Singles Chart at number one on September 18, 2011. It became the third fastest selling single of 2011 selling 153,965 copies. Their second single, "Gotta Be You," was released on November 11, 2011, and peaked at number three.
In the five years since becoming a band, One Direction has sold over 11 million albums worldwide, and are the first band to ever have four albums debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. All four of One Direction's albums have sold over a million copies in the USA.
On March 25, 2015 it was confirmed through a statement on Facebook that Zayn had quit the band due to prolonged stress, but Horan, Styles, Payne and Tomlinson would continue as a four piece.
One Direction is currently completing a world tour and recording their fifth album.
On July 31st, 2015 One Direction surprise released the first single from their fifth album, Drag Me Down. It reached number one on iTunes in over 60 countries worldwide. The band announced via their official Twitter that they originally planned to release the single on August 7th, but couldn't wait and decided to release it earlier.
On August 23, 2015 It was announced that One Direction would be going on a well deserved break at the end of March 2016. This hiatus is a chance for the boys to pursue other solo projects, and take a break from the non stop touring of the past five years. This was a mutual decision made amongst the four boys. Zayn quitting the band had no impact in their decision. It was a decision that has been in the works for the last couple months. Regardless if he was apart of the band or not. Despite media outlets claiming the boys are "breaking up"; Liam, Niall, and Louis have taken to twitter to assure fans this is just a well deserved break. It's unknown how long the break will be, but the boys have reassured fans that this is not the end, and they will be back.
The X Factor (2010-11)Originally, each member auditioned as a solo artist for the seventh season of The X Factor UK (This was actually Liam's second time auditioning). They each made it through to bootcamp, but were eliminated prior to judges' houses. However, the judges decided that some of the contestants were too talented, and they couldn't just let them walk away. They called back ten contestants. The boys called back were Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis. The five boys and five girls were told that they were being given a second chance. If they agreed, they would now be a part of a group act (one boy band and one girl group). Both groups agreed, and were put through to judges' house.
Following bootcamp, all five members of the boy band spent two weeks living at Harry's home in Chesire in order to get to know each other and bond together. While brainstorming group names, Harry came up with One Direction.
They made it to the finale, but finished in third place behind Rebecca Ferguson in second place, and Matt Cardle in first.
Up All Night (2011-12)
Since being signed to Syco Music, the band has released their debut album, Up All Night, which includes the singles: "What Makes You Beautiful", "One Thing", "Gotta Be You", and "More Than This". Up All Night sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide and What Makes You Beautiful became one of the best selling songs of all time.
Take Me Home (2012-13)
In late 2012, One Direction released their second album Take Me Home, which includes the singles "Live While We're Young", "Little Things" and "Kiss You". The album reached number one in 35 countries.
Midnight Memories (2013)
In November 2013, One Direction released their third studio album Midnight Memories, which includes the singles "Best Song Ever", "Story of My Life", "Midnight Memories" and "You & I". Midnight Memories was the best selling album of 2013, selling four million copies.
Four (2014)One Direction's fourth studio album was released on November 17, 2014. The album release was announced on September 8 along with a free download of the promotional single from the album, Fireproof for 24 hours only. The song acquired over a million downloads. On September 29, 2014, the lead single Steal My Girl was released, followed by their second single, Night Changes on November 14, 2014. During May 2015, fans organised a "fan release" campaign called Project No Control for Four album track No Control. Through Twitter, Youtube and various social media platforms, over 60 radio stations globally agreed to play the song, with some adding it to their regular rotation, and garnering significant media attention for the song, as well as acknowledgement from the band itself.
On March 25, 2015, One Direction announced in a statement on their Facebook that Zayn has departed from One Direction, citing stress, and his desire to live "as a normal 22-year-old". The band will continue as a four-piece and the band's fifth album is to be released later this year.
"This Is Us" was the first theatrical film of One Direction, detailing what life is like for the band when they tour the world. It was shot in 3D. Filming started in January 2013. It was released in most countries at the end of August, 2013. This Is Us is currently the fourth highest grossing concert movie, grossing over six times the film's budget. The band's music video for Best Song Ever featured preview clips from the film, and the plot of the video centered around One Direction being asked by a Hollywood production company to film a movie.
"One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film" was the second theatrical film of One Direction, showcasing one concert at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, during the band's 2014 Where We Are world tour. The film was exclusively released to cinema for two days from October 11, 2014. While mostly centered around the concert, the DVD featured behind the scenes footage of the band rehearsing songs, while discussing their success so far and recording their fourth album. The footage also showed the band visiting Christ The Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro on a day off. The film broke the record for the highest grossing event cinema production with a net total of $15 million.
|2010||The X Factor (UK)||Contestant||Seventh series, group formed, placed third|
|2011||One Direction: A Year in the Making||Self||ITV2 special, documentry The X Factor to the present|
|I'm in a Boy Band!||Self||Part 1 of a BBC series, 1D were interviewed/appeared|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Self||Attended, performed "What Makes You Beautiful "|
|iCarly||Guest star||"iGo One Direction"; guest role and performed|
|Saturday Night Live||Self||"Sofia Vergara/One Direction ", musical guest|
|Big Time Invasion||Self||Cameo|
|Ant & Dec Saturday Night Takeaway||Self||Got pranked|
|2012||Up All Night: The Live Tour||Self||DVD, concert filmed during the Up All Night Tour|
|2013||This Is Us||Self||Theatrical 3D concert film|
|2014||Where We Are||Self||Concert filmed in Milan during the Where We Are Tour|