One Direction are a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records after being formed and placing third in the seventh series of The X Factor. They later signed in North America to Columbia Records.
One Direction released their debut album, Up All Night, in November 2011, the record became the fastest-selling debut album in the UK of 2011. In 2012, it debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making One Direction the first UK group in history to debut at number one with their first album.The record spawned the Official UK Singles Chart top ten singles— "What Makes You Beautiful", "Gotta Be You", and "One Thing". In 2012, "What Makes You Beautiful" won the award for Best British Single at the 2012 BRIT Awards.
One Direction's World Tour is set for 2013, with tickets already grossing $15.7 million for their Australian and New Zealand dates. One Direction has endorsements with Pokémon, Nokia, HarperCollins and Hasbro. One Direction have been noted for res-surge of the boy band and has been labelled as the new British Invasion.
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