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“Story of My Life”
Story of My Life
Information
Album

Midnight Memories

Released

October 28, 2013

Format

Digital download

Length

4:05

Writers

Jamie Scott, John Ryan and Julian Bunetta

Story of My Life is the second single released by One Direction from their third studio album Midnight Memories.

Background

Louis tweeted a photo from his childhood through a tweet[1] on October 10, 2013, followed by Liam with another unseen childhood photo[2]. Niall then tweeted a seen photo from his childhood[3], then Harry [4] and after that Zayn [5]. The official One Direction twitter account then confirmed[6] the new single and also the date when fans could download the single along with the hashtag "#StoryOfMyLifeSingle2". Later in the day, the artwork was revealed in yet another tweet.[7]

Gallery

On October 21, 2013, the band asked the fans through twitter to make "The 1D Family", "Would like to hear" "#StoryOfMyLife16secClip" and "NOW PLEASE" the top 4 trends in order to get an exclusive 16 second clip of the single.[8] Even though the challenge was not completed, the clip was shared several minutes later.[9][10] The full song will be revealed on 25 October 2013.[11]

On October 24, 2013, it was revealed that there would be an exclusive clip of Little Things live in concert that would be included on the track and a soundcloud of the track was also posted[12].

On October 25, 2013, the boys did interviews on various radio stations worldwide. They were as follows:

  • Louis was on Swedish radio station "NJR" at 6:30am BST (7:30am CEST)[13] and Dutch radio station "3FM" at 6:45am BST (7:45am CEST).
  • Zayn was on Danish radio station "The Voice" at 3:30pm BST (4:30pm CEST)[14] and Spanish radio station "Los 40 Principales" at 6:00pm BST (7:00pm CEST)[15].
  • Liam was on a Dutch radio station, German radio station "swr3" and UK radio station "BBC Radio 1" at 3:45pm BST[16].
  • Niall was on French radio "NJR"[17] and UK radio show "Capital FM" at 4pm BST[18].
  • Harry was on Brazillian radio station "Radio Mix"[19] and UK radio station "The Hits Radio"[20].

They were in Australia doing the Oceania leg of the Take Me Home Tour when this song was released and not doing the interviews in person but they were either pre-recorded or done via telephone.

The song premiered at 4pm on stations worldwide such as BBC Radio 1 (UK), The Hits Radio (UK), In:Demand (UK), Captial FM (UK ), The End 107.9 FM (USA), NRJ Radio (in both France and Sweden), Planet Radio (Germany), Radio Mix (Brazil), SiriusXM Hits (America ) and many others. The audio for the song was also uploaded onto the official One Direction Vevo account as well as the official One Direction Youtube account[21].

The song was released on Monday 28th of October to those who had either bought the EP or had pre ordered the deluxe or the normal edition of Midnight Memories. The official One Direction YouTube account released a message from the boys telling everyone that the single was out[22]. They song went straight to number 1 in 47 countries such as the UK, US, Australia, Belgium, India, Mexico, Botswana and many other places.

Trailers

The countdown to the music video release began with 3 days before with the release of the first trailer on October 31, 2013 called "One Direction - Story of My Life (3 days to go)". It was posted onto the one direction youtube account and featured a few seconds from the video of each member, Liam, Niall, Zayn, Louis and Harry, respectively.

The next trailer was posted on the 1st of November called "One Direction - Story of My Life (2 days to go)".

The final trailer was posted on the 2nd of November called "One Direction - Story of My Life (1 day to go)".

Lyrics

[Harry]
Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain
I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days

[Liam]
She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones
It seems to me that when I die these words will be written on my stone

[Zayn]
And I'll be gone gone tonight
The ground beneath my feet is open wide
The way that I been holdin' on too tight
With nothing in between

[Harry]
The story of my life I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm and time
Is frozen (the story of, the story of).
All:
The story of my life I give her hope
I spend her love until she's broke inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

[Niall]
Written on these walls are the colors that I can't change
Leave my heart open but it stays right here in its cage

[Liam]
I know that in the morning
I'll see us in the light upon your ear
Although I am broken, my heart is untamed still

[Louis]
And I'll be gone gone tonight
The fire beneath my feet is burning bright
The way that I been holdin' on so tight
With nothing in between

[Harry]
The story of my life I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm and time
Is frozen (the story of, the story of).
All:
The story of my life I give her hope
I spend her love until she's broke inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

[Zayn]
And I been waiting for this time to come around
But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds

[Niall]
The story of my life I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm and time
Is frozen

[All]
The story of my life I give her hope (give her hope)
I spend her love until she's broke inside (until she's broke inside)
The story of my life (the story of, the story of).
The story of my life
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)
[Harry]
The story of my life

Music video

Music Video Information
One Direction - Story of My Life04:08

One Direction - Story of My Life

full

Released November 03, 2013
Length 4:08
Director Ben Winston
Production Co
Choreographer
Filmed 2013
Location
VEVO views 254 million+

The video was put up accidentally by Vevo on the 1st of November. It was quickly taken down but many people had seen it and recordings were soon put on on various video sharing websites.

The official release of the video was on 3 November, 2013 at 4pm (BWT). The video featured each of the boys reliving childhood photos, in both the past, and the present.

Fans attempted to break the record for "Most number of views in 24 hours" which was then held by Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" music video which had 19.3 million views in 24 hours. The music sharing site VEVO said that the system had crashed due to the high volume of traffic sometime in the 24 hour period and it took nearly 3 days before it was announced that Story Of My Life had received 12.5 million views in 24 hours[23] which meant the record was still held by Miley Cyrus[24]. They did comment that it received more views than Best Song Ever which had 12.3 million views in 24 hours, thus beating a personal record for One Direction.

Performances

Live

Date Event Watch Country
2013
November 21 X Factor USA Tv United States
November 23 X Factor UK United Kingdom
November 24 American Music Awards Tv United States
November 26 Good Morning America Tv United States
December 12 X Factor Italy Italy

References

  1. Louis' tweet
  2. Liam's tweet
  3. Niall's tweet
  4. Harry's tweet
  5. Zayn's tweet
  6. One Direction's tweet
  7. One Direction Artwork tweet.
  8. One Direction's tweet
  9. One Direction's tweet
  10. One Direction releases preview of 'Story Of My Life' single
  11. One Direction's tweet
  12. Onedirectionmusic.com One Direction Website- Exclusive Little Things LIVE Clip
  13. Youtube.com Louis interview NRJ 10/25
  14. Yotube.com Zayn interview with The Voice (Denmark)
  15. Youtube.com Zayn interview 40 Principales Spain 10/25
  16. Youtube.com Liam BBC Radio 1 interview 10/25
  17. Youtube.com Niall interview on NRJ 10/25
  18. Youtube.com Niall on Capital FM 10/25
  19. Youtube.com Harry Styles Interview - Radio Mix FM (Brasil)
  20. Youtube.com Harry on The Hits 10/25
  21. Youtube.com One Direction - Story of My Life (Audio)
  22. Youtube.com Story of My Life Out Now!
  23. Twitter.com 24 hour view count revealed
  24. Twitter.com Miley Cyrus still holds the record

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