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One Direction
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United Kingdom



Years active

2010 - present (on hiatus)


Syco, Columbia



Louis Tomlinson
Liam Payne
Niall Horan
Harry Styles
Zayn Malik (2010-2015)

One Direction is a British-Irish pop boyband consisting of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan. Former member Zayn Malik left the band in March 2015. They were contestants on the seventh season of The X Factor UK in 2010, and finished third. Despite losing, the group was immediately signed to Syco Music by Simon Cowell.

One Direction's debut single, "What Makes You Beautiful" was released on September 11, 2011 and debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number one on September 18, 2011. It became the third fastest selling single of 2011, selling 153,965 copies. It's one of the best selling singles of all time.

In the six years since becoming a band, One Direction sold over 50 million albums worldwide, and were the first band to ever have four albums debut at #1 on the US Billboard 200. Four of One Direction's albums have sold over a million copies in the USA. As of 2015, they were the 2nd highest earning celebrities of the year, earning $130 million. Their fourth world tour, On the Road Again, acquired over $188 million and saw the most concert tickets sold in 2015. In 2014, One Direction was named Artist Of The Year by Billboard.

On March 25, 2015, it was confirmed via a Facebook statement that Zayn had officially and permanently exited the band due to exhaustion and a desire to begin a solo career. He later revealed he never felt he fitted into the band and his preferred musical taste was different from the group's overall pop-rock sound. He released his debut single on January 29, 2016. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis continued the band, and their On The Road Again Tour, as a four piece.

On July 31, 2015, One Direction surprise released their first single without Zayn, "Drag Me Down". It reached #1 on iTunes in over 90 countries worldwide and was one of the best selling songs of 2015. On November 13, 2015, One Direction's fifth album "Made in the A.M." was released. It debuted at #1 in Europe and also spawned the top 10 singles "Perfect" and "History".

2016 Hiatus

One Direction have been on hiatus since 13 December 2016.

On 23 August 2015, tabloid The Sun reported One Direction were taking a break the following year, but used the headline "This Is The End" which caused worldwide media outlets to report the band was splitting up. Niall confirmed the band would take a break from touring on Twitter the next day, but said they had no plans to split up. Louis also tweeted saying they still had more they wanted to achieve as a band.

The hiatus is the band's first and only break from touring and collaborating together since 2010. As of September 2016, Harry has co-written songs for Michael Buble and Augustana, while Liam has written a song for Irish boyband Hometown and signed a solo record deal with Capitol Records. Several singers and songwriters confirmed they wrote songs with Niall throughout 2016. One Republic's Ryan Tedder confirmed he'd written songs with Harry before, but did not know of any plans for a solo album.

Despite media outlets claiming One Direction is "breaking up", all four members defined the hiatus as a "well-deserved" break[1] they would eventually return from as a group. Niall stated, "It seems like no matter how many times we say that we are not breaking up, the more people are convinced we are breaking up, so I have given up trying to explain it. It will be good to be able to get home a bit more, because that really is the only downside of the gig.[2]" All four members acknowledged their six year annniversary as a band on social media on July 23, 2016. An exact time frame for the hiatus was never confirmed, as the band want to be able to decide when they're ready[3]. On 21 July 2016, Liam's sister Roo Payne said she believed the hiatus would be two years.

In the September 2016 issue of AnOther Man Magazine, Harry stated "I would never say we'll never do anything again, but it's good for us to be exploring different things. Maybe at some point everyone will want to do something again but it's better if it happens naturally, like, "Hey we all really want to do this again". If that were to happen, it'd be amazing. I would never rule that out. It's the most important, greatest thing that ever happened to me, being in that band. It completely changed my life". On 29 September, Niall told Capital FM a reunion was inevitable, stating "For the foreseeable, we're doing our own thing. We still talk all the time. It could be one year, could be two, but it'll definitely happen there's no doubt about that." He also suggested Harry may have been misquoted by AnOther Man Magazine.[4]

Career Developments During 2016 Hiatus

Liam: In January 2016, Liam began re-working on several collaborations with rapper Juicy J, and previewed a self-written rap song on Instagram. A Juicy J demo titled 'You', featuring Liam on the chorus, leaked on April 20, and was subsequently denied as an upcoming single by Liam himself. Liam and Louis provided their voices for a One Direction cameo on animated TV series "Family Guy", which aired May 15. In May, Liam attended various red carpet events with current girlfriend Cheryl Cole. It was reported on May 31 by The Sun that Liam was not represented by any management, indicating, but not confirming a split from Modest Management. On July 21, Liam announced he had signed a solo record deal with Capitol Records. He also tweeted "One Direction will always be my home and family", while his sister Ruth clarified on Twitter that he is not leaving the band[5]. On September 15, Liam posted a photo of himself "hard at work" in a recording studio onto his official Instagram.

Harry: On January 26, 2016, Harry signed with DawBell PR. He split from Modest Management on February 1, his 22nd birthday. He is now managed by music mogul Irving Azoff's son, Jeff, who is a close family friend. In March, it was reported that Harry had landed a role in Christopher Nolan's July 2017 war film Dunkirk, and while news went unconfirmed, Harry was seen on set throughout May-July. Filming concluded in September 2016. In late May, tabloid The Sun reported Harry might be signing with Capitol Records. However, it appears this deal was in fact for Liam, who announced his partnering with Capitol on July 21. More unconfirmed reports of million dollar solo deals for Harry surfaced in June, but remain unsourced rumours at this point. A song co-written by Harry will feature on Michael Buble's forthcoming new album. On 27 September 2016, Harry revealed three separate covers for the 23rd issue of AnOther Man Magazine and on 29 September, his 34 photo fashion spread from the magazine, as well as two exclusive interviews conducted by Sir Paul McCartney and Chelsea Handler and an expose written by Harry's sister, Gemma Styles, were released.

Louis: In March 2016, Louis began scouting talent for his record label imprint. On May 15, Louis and Liam's voices were featured in a One Direction skit on Family Guy. On May 29, Louis appeared on behalf of Red Bull at the 2016 F1 Grand Prix. On May 31, it was announced Louis had also split from Modest Management, and is now represented by James Grant Group. On June 5, Louis competed against Niall in the Soccer Aid All Stars charity match, playing for England, who won the match. On July 20, Louis appeared alongside Simon Cowell on America's Got Talent as a guest judge.

Niall: Numerous pop singer/songwriters revealed throughout early 2016 that they had either been approached to or had already written songs with Niall, some for other artists. Niall attended a number of sporting events, particularly golfing tournaments, and staged his own charity golfing event alongside Justin Rose on May 29, where he raised over $1 million USD for cancer research. Niall was assistant coach for the Rest Of The World team for the Soccer Aid All Stars match on June 5, opposing Louis, who played for England. He also launched a golf management company alongside One Direction's former management team, Modest Management. He is the only member currently still officially represented by Modest Management. On September 4 2016, he was spotted leaving Capitol Records headquarters, sparking media rumors of a solo deal with Universal Music Group (the parent company of Capitol Records). Niall released his debut solo single This Town on 29 September 2016. The song went to #1 on iTunes in 49 countries, and all three of Niall's bandmates tweeted their congratulations to Niall.

Group: On 1 July 2016, One Direction won Best Live Act at the Silver Cleft Awards. The band's statement read "Thank you to all our fans for voting. Our live show is so important and it is amazing for this to be recognized...for the second time."[6] They were announced as Forbes second Top Earners of 2016 with $110 million to their name[7]. On September 4, it was announced One Direction held six 2016 Guinness World Records: 'First Group To Debut At #1 With Their First Four Albums In The U.S', 'First Group To Debut At #1 In The U.S With Debut Album (Up All Night)', 'Highest Debut By U.K Group On U.S Singles Charts (Live While We're Young at #3)', 'Most Popular Dance Game Track (What Makes You Beautiful on Just Dance 4)', Most Followers On Twitter For A Music Group (23,393,106 million) and 'Most Subscribers For A Band On YouTube (36,817,975)'[8]. On September 19, it was reported by the Irish Independent that One Direction and several of their songwriters were being sued after an Irish law firm issued the action over a song, likely regarding possible copyright violation allegations. Zayn was also listed, meaning the song in question is likely from one of the band's first four albums. It is unknown if One Direction, along with Zayn, will have to appear in court[9].


The X Factor (2010-11)


First photo of One Direction as a group.

Originally, each member of One Direction auditioned as a solo artist for the seventh season of The X Factor UK. It was Liam's second audition process, he first auditioned in 2008 but was eliminated during the judge's houses portion due to inexperience. In 2010, each singer made it through to bootcamp as solo artists, but were all eliminated prior to judges' houses portion. Simon Cowell decided the groups were not evenly split and called back ten eliminated solo contestants. They were placed into two groups and were allowed to continue competing. Following bootcamp, all five members of the band spent two weeks living at Harry's dad's bungalow in Cheshire, to get to know each other better.[10]

One Direction were the favorite to win throughout the 2010 season, generating massive and unprecedented fan/media hype. Ultimately, they finished in third place behind runner up Rebecca Ferguson, and winner Matt Cardle. Simon Cowell signed One Direction to his record label, Syco Music, on December 13, 2010.


Up All Night (2011-12)

Up All Night

One Direction released their debut album, Up All Night on November 18, 2011. The singles released were "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)

Take Me Home

In November 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)

Midnight Memories

In November 2013, One Direction released their third 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, Four, was released on November 17, 2014. The album was announced on September 8 along with a free download of promotional single, "Fireproof". The song acquired over a million downloads in 24 hours. The album only featured two singles, "Steal My Girl" and "Night Changes". The album sold over a million copies in the United States, and became their fourth to reach #1 on the US Billboard 200. Fans organised a significantly successful online project to promote album track "No Control" as if it were a single, which saw the song added to radio station playlists, featured in interactive video game Just Dance and eventually won a Teen Choice Award. Four was Zayn Malik's final album as a member of One Direction.

Made In The A.M. (2015)


One Direction's fifth studio album, Made in the A.M., was released on November 13, 2015. It was their first album without Zayn Malik. "Drag Me Down" was the first single from the album, released on July 31, 2015. It sold more than 300,000 digital copies on the first day of release and was #1 in 90 countries on iTunes. Two more singles, "Perfect" and "History" were released, and reached the top 10 worldwide. In January 2016, the album went platinum in the United Kingdom. As was the case with "No Control" on the band's previous album, fans organized a successful online campaign to promote "Home", a song which did not appear on Made In The A.M., but was released on the Perfect EP, a short collection of remixes and acoustics. The campaign saw "Home" added to radio playlists and winning a Teen Choice Award. In April 2016, Made In The A.M. went platinum in the United States.



This Is Us was the first theatrical concert film about One Direction, detailing life on the road during their 2012 Take Me Home Tour. Filming began in January 2013. All footage was shot in 3D. This Is Us premiered worldwide on August 20, 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 a Hollywood production company pitching ideas to the band for a music video, when they stop by the office while filming their movie. The band has made suggestive comments in subsequent interviews about the documentary being heavily scripted.

"One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film" was the second theatrical concert 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.


Year Title Role Notes
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 film that took place in San Siro, Milan during the Where We Are Tour

Band Members

Current members

Former member

Backing band


Concert tours


Opening act

Awards and Nominations

Main article: One Direction/Awards and nominations

Since 2011, One Direction has won a total of 242 awards and has been nominated for 366. Some of the m ore significant awards include two consecutive American Music Awards for Artist Of The Year, won in 2014 and 2015. The band also won four BRIT Awards and four World Music Awards.



See also:

One Direction at the Boybands Wiki

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