One Direction is a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, consisting of members Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne. In 2010 the members of the band auditioned as solo candidates in the seventh series British television singing competition “The X Factor”, but after a suggestion of a guest judge, they were put together to form a five piece boy band. They finished third, but after they finished third they signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records. They are often described as sparking the resurgence in the boy band concept, and of forming part of a new “British invasion” in the United States.
One Direction’s first studio album, Up All Night, was released globally in early 2012 their lead and debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” bowed at number one on the UK Singles Chart, after becoming the most pre-ordered Sony Music Entertainment single in history. Their second studio album, Take me Home, was released in November 2012, the lead single, “Live While We’re Young”, released in September 2012, peaked inside the top ten in almost every country it charted and recorded the highest one-week opening sales figure for a song by a non-US artist in the US.
With the album and its second single “Little Things” both debuting simultaneously at number one in the UK, One Direction became the youngest act in British chart history to achieve the feat. In addition, Take Me Home sold 540,000 copies in its first week in the US, debuted atop the Billboard 200, and topped the charts in more than thirty-four other countries. Their debut album Up All Night became the third best-selling album and Take Me Home the fifth best-selling album of 2012 in the United States, making the group the first act to place two albums in the year-end top five in the Nielsen Sound Scan era.
Additionally, Up All Night and Take Me Home were the number three and number four best-selling albums of 2012 globally, selling 4. 5 million units and 4. 4 million, respectively. The group has sold over 8million albums. Their achievements include two BRIT AWARDS, (one for Best British Single) and three MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’S) and they also have a Guinness Record for being the first British group in United States chart to enter a number one with their debut album. Their music style is predominantly pop music, ontaining elements of teen pop, dance pop, pop rock, and power pop, with electro pop and rock influences. I can conclude that One Direction is really one of the most famous boy bands ever since and their style shows the way they really are as they don’t show up in stage dressed in a kind of a uniform but they show themselves as typical, goofy and uncensored teenage boys and they are always trying to do different kinds of music and they’re just trying to be themselves, not squeaky clean guys.