One Direction are five talented, cheeky lads; Liam Payne, Zayn Malik,
Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. The band came together at
the bootcamp stage of The X Factor 2010 and made it all the way to the
final before finishing 3rd.
One Direction have notched up an incredible 30 million sales worldwide in
just over 2 years including 19 million singles, 10 million albums and a
Their global smash debut album, ‘Up All Night’, has sold over 5 million
copies and reached #1 in 17 countries. It has been certified triple
platinum in Ireland, double platinum in the UK, three times platinum in
Australia, and double platinum in New Zealand. Their BRIT Award winning
debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ entered the charts at #1 in both
the UK and Ireland, it has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. It is
five times platinum in Australia, three times platinum in Canada, two
times platinum in Ireland, two times platinum in New Zealand, platinum in
Sweden and two times platinum in the US. In the U.S., ‘What Makes You
Beautiful’ sold more than 131,000 copies in its first week, debuting at
#12 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. Their #28 debut on the
Billboard Hot 100 marked the highest debut from a British Group since the
Spice Girls in 1998. ‘Up All Night’ also debuted at #1 in both Canada
and on the US Billboard 200 chart with over 176,000 copies sold in week 1
alone. This made chart history as 1D became the first British group ever
to debut at #1 in the US with their debut album release. The bands
success is also reflected on their social networking sites with over 40
million cumulative Twitter followers and over 12 million Facebook fans.
At the start of 2012, One Direction embarked on their first ever sold out
theatre tour which saw them play in theatres all over the UK and Ireland.
Due to phenomenal demand internationally, tickets for the ‘Up All Night
Tour’ went on sale in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America
and sold out within minutes.
The One Direction ‘Up All Night’ live tour DVD has reached number one in
27 different countries worldwide including the U.S, U.K, Australia,
France and Italy. The DVD has sold over 1 million copies worldwide in the
first three weeks and has gone six times platinum in Australia, platinum
in Brazil, five times platinum in Canada, gold in Columbia, platinum in
France, gold in Ireland, platinum in Mexico, two times platinum in New
Zealand, gold in Sweden and three times platinum in the USA. The Up All
Night DVD was the biggest selling music DVD of 2012.
On the 6th of September 2012 the boys performed at the MTV Video Music
Awards where they also won 3 prestigious Moon-Men awards for ‘Most
Share-worthy video’, ‘Best Pop Video’ and ‘Best New Artist’.
‘Live While We’re Young’, the band’s first single from their highly
anticipated second album was released on 30th of September. ‘Take Me
Home’ is the title of One Direction’s second album which was released in
UK on 12th of November and in US on 13th of November. Take Me Home has to
date sold over 5 million copies worldwide and reached number 1 in 37
countries. ‘Little Things’ was the second single off ‘Take Me Home’ and
reached the top position in the UK charts. As well as releasing their
album on 12th of November the boys made a very special announcement in
front of over 15k fans (record so far) that gathered in Rockfeller Plaza
to see them perform tracks from their new album on the Today Show. Their
very first 3D movie (directed by Morgan Spurlock) will be released on the
30th of August 2013.
Ending 2012 with a bang, 1D performed at Madison Square Garden on the 3rd
of December. Tickets for the event sold out in less than 10 minutes.
2013 will be a busy year for the boys. They have already announced the
dates for their UK and Ireland Arena Tour which sold out immediately – an
estimated 300,000 tickets were sold in the first day – resulting in
further dates being added. They will then be bringing their tour around
the world announcing dates in Europe, North America, Australia, New
Zealand and Japan. For all details visit www.onedirectionmusic.com.
1D also recorded the official 2013 Red Nose Day charity single, ‘One Way
Or Another (Teenage Kicks)’, and as part of the campaign to raise money
for Comic Relief they visited the slums in Ghana. The boys performed the
charity single at the 2013 BRIT awards where they cemented their
placement in music’s hall of fame by winning the first ever Global
On the 16th May 2013 the boys announced that in 2014 they will be hitting
the road with a stadium tour. For all details visit