One Direction are a British-Irish boy band
originally formed by 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 British television
music competition The X Factor. They later
signed in North America to Columbia Records. In
November 2011, One Direction released their
debut album Up All Night, which 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 U.S. chart history to debut at number
one with their first album. Up All Night spawned
the Official UK Singles Chart top ten singles â€”
"What Makes You Beautiful", "Gotta Be You"
and "One Thing". In 2012, "What Makes You
Beautiful" won the BRIT Award for Best British
Single. One Direction supported the album with
their Up All Night Tour. They have began
recording their second studio album, due for
release in late 2012. One Direction's world tour
is set for 2013, with tickets grossing $15.7
million for their Australian and New Zealand
dates. One Direction has been described as
sparking a resurgence in the boy band concept,
and of forming part of a new "British Invasion" in
the United States. One Direction have
supported various charities and foundations,
and have commercial endorsements with
Pokemon, Nokia, HarperCollins and Hasbro.
"Take Me Home" is released in November 2012.
Zayn Malik leaves the group in March of 2015.