One Direction

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One Direction

One Direction performing, February 2013. From left to right: Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson.
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Pop rock, pop, dance-pop
Years active 2010–present
Labels Syco, Columbia
Associated acts The X Factor finalists 2010
Niall Horan
Liam Payne
Harry Styles
Louis Tomlinson
Past members
Zayn Malik

One Direction (1D) are a boy band from England and Ireland. It began with Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They finished third on the seventh series of The X Factor. Simon Cowell, their mentor, put them together on X Factor in 2010 because he thought they were too good to lose.

"What Makes You Beautiful" was One Direction's first single. After being signed to Syco Music, the group recorded their first album Up All Night. It was third in the charts. They have been very successful since. They tour to places around the world such as Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Americas.

The group released a second album in in November 2012, called Take Me Home. It includes the singles "Little Things", "Live While We're Young" and "Kiss You". The group released their third album, Midnight Memories, in late November 2013. It includes the singles "Story Of My Life", "Best Song Ever", "Midnight Memories", and "You & I" Their fourth album, Four, was released in November 2014. This album includes the singles "Steal My Girl" and "Night Changes".

On 29 August 2013, their movie This Is Us was released.

In April 2014, One Direction started their stadium world tour titled "Where We Are." 5 Seconds of Summer opened for them during the tour.[1]

One Direction have won two BRIT Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards.

Departure of Zayn Malik[change | change source]

Zayn Malik left the band on 25 March 2015. He said "My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologise to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world."[source?]

One Direction responded by saying  "We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we've gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue. We're looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour."[source?]

The group decided not to replace him, but continue as a four piece band.[2]

Simon Cowell said  "I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction. Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond - and immensely proud - of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave. As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band."[source?]

Members[change | change source]

Current[change | change source]

They each auditioned for The X-Factor separately.

Former[change | change source]

References[change | change source]