One Direction (commonly initialized as 1D) is a British-Irish Boy Band formed in London, England. Originally auditioning for the seventh series of The X Factor as individuals, the members were assembled into a group by Simon Cowell, who became their mentor throughout the show. After placing third, Cowell signed One Direction to his own record label in 2010. Since then, the band has skyrocketed to worldwide fame, releasing many hit singles, winning numerous awards, and unseating Justin Bieber as the biggest teen heartthrobs in the world. In most music markets aside from their home countries, 1D have become the most successful U.K. boy band of all time.Members of One Direction include (from left to right in the picture):
Louis Tomlinson - born December 24, 1991 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
Liam Payne - born August 29, 1993 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
Harry Styles - born February 1, 1994 in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire.
Niall Horan - born September 13, 1993 in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland.
Zayn Malik - born January 12, 1993 in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Up All Night (2011) - 1D's first album. Upon its U.S. release in March 2012, they became the first U.K. group to debut at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with a debut album.
Take Me Home (2012) - One Direction are one of very few groups to have debuted at the top with both of their first two albums. Only Girl Group Danity Kane and Eminem's rap troupe D12 have done so prior to them.
Midnight Memories (2013) - One Direction became the first (and to date, only) group to debut atop the Billboard 200 with each of their first three albums. The last group to even reach the top with its first three albums were The Monkees in 1967.
"If you don't wanna take it slow/And you just wanna take me home/Baby say yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah/And let me kiss you."
Ascended Extra: Louis and Niall sang mostly backup save for a few token solo lines on their first album; lead vocals were shared between Liam and Harry and (to a lesser extent) Zayn. Fans lobbied for them to get bigger parts and got their wish from the second album on.
Ascended Fanboy: Niall idolized Justin Bieber before One Direction was formed and cited him as an influence during his X Factor audition. Since then, they've hung out out several times and tweeted pictures together. Additionally, One Direction's level of success has rivaled and arguably exceeded Bieber's.
Boy Band: Their most defining characteristic. While their record sales trail the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, One Direction is said to have a larger fan base than their predecessors. While One Direction are significantly behind Take That's success in their homeland, they have eclipsed them everywhere else. Their five-man band formula goes as follows:
The Heartthrob: Harry
The Bad Boy: Zayn
The Cute One: Niall
The Older Brother: Louis
The Shy One: Liam
British English: In interviews they use a lot of British slang, which can be confusing for foreign fans.
Call Back: "They donít know about the up all nights" from "They Don't Know About Us" references the title of their first album.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Their 2014 BRIT Music V Ideo award was a particularly jarring example. More than 1.7 million votes were cast in the span of less than two hours. Not only did their #BRITsOneDirection hashtag top the Worldwide twitter trends, but they were the only one of the five nominees to even make it onto the trending list. Twitter reveals that a whopping 93% of all votes in this contest were for One Direction.
What's even more painful for the losers is the Brits' decision to go global that year. Had the awards ceremony remained a domestic event, One Direction, while still likely to win the award, would probably have had far less than 93% of the vote.
Gender Neutral Writing: The majority of their songs are addressed to an ambiguous, inclusive "you" that is only assumed to be female.
Notably, in interviews that ask◊ about their preferences◊ in women Harry often says that he would want "someone" who... or he likes "people" that... instead of specifying if his preferences are for males or females.
Especially since the release of Midnight Memories, where they stopped even trying to be subtle.
Irony: The band's Signature Song is "What Makes You Beautiful", which has the lines "don't need makeup to cover up, being the way that you are is enough" and One Direction just released a line of makeup.
"I Want" Song: "I Want". Double Subverted in that most of the song isn't about what the guys want, but about admonishing a girl who is selfish and materialistic and wanting a girl who will just love them.
Landslide Voting: Their wins at the Teen Choice Awards, Kids Choice Awards, and other similar awards ceremonies are likely won through landslides. While voting data has never been revealed, the outcome is generally a very safe assumption.
Looped Lyrics: Quite a few... "I want, I want, I want...", "I shoulda, I shoulda, oh, I shoulda kissed you / I shoulda, I shoulda..."
Lyrical Shoehorn: The bridge of "What Makes You Beautiful" consists entirely of "na na nas."