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One Direction
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One Direction in 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
Members Niall Horan
Zayn Malik
Liam Payne
Harry Styles
Louis Tomlinson

One Direction are a 5 piece boy band from England/Ireland. The members are 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 are now touring to places around the world such as Europe, Australia, North America, South America and Asia. They 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, which was released in late November 2013. It includes the singles "Story Of My Life", "Best Song Ever", "Midnight Memories", and "You & I"

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 is opening for them during the tour. [1]

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


They each auditioned for The X-Factor separately.