One Direction.
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
” "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.