One Direction

One Direction
One Direction
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Pop
Years active 2010–present
Labels Syco Music
Associated acts The X Factor finalists 2010
Niall Horan
Zayn Malik
Liam Payne
Harry Styles
Louis Tomlinson

One Direction are a British-Irish boy band, consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They finished third on the seventh series of The X Factor. Following The X Factor, the group signed a record contract with Syco Music.

One Direction's debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" was released on 11 September 2011.[1] It peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. They will release their second single "Gotta Be You" on 13 November 2011,[2] followed by their debut album Up All Night on 21 November.[3] The album features songs written by Kelly Clarkson and Ed Sheeran.[4]



2010: The X Factor

In 2010, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson all applied as solo candidates for the seventh series of The X Factor, but failed to qualify for the "Boys" category. After suggestion by guest judge Nicole Scherzinger, the five were put into a band, thus qualifying for the "Groups" category.[5] After the elimination of F.Y.D., Diva Fever and Belle Amie within four weeks, they were Simon Cowell's last act in the competition. One Direction finished third behind runner-up Rebecca Ferguson and winner Matt Cardle. Immediately after the final, their song "Forever Young", which would have been released if they had won The X Factor, was leaked onto the internet.[citation needed]

Performances on The X Factor

Below is a list of One Direction's performances on The X Factor:

Week Song choice Theme Result
Payne's audition "Cry Me a River" Free choice (no theme) Through to bootcamp
Horan's audition "So Sick"
Styles' audition "Isn't She Lovely"
Tomlinson's audition "Hey There Delilah"
Malik's audition "Let Me Love You"
Bootcamp (Payne & Styles) "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" Free choice (no theme) Through to judges houses
as a group
Bootcamp (Horan) "Champagne Supernova"
Bootcamp (Tomlinson & Malik) "Make You Feel My Love"
Judges' House "Torn" Free choice (no theme) Through to live shows
Week 1 "Viva la Vida" Number-ones Safe
Week 2 "My Life Would Suck Without You" Musical heroes Safe
Week 3 "Nobody Knows" Guilty pleasures Safe
Week 4 "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Halloween Safe
Week 5 "Kids in America" American anthems Safe
Week 6 "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" Songs by Elton John Safe
Week 7 "All You Need Is Love" Songs by The Beatles Safe
Week 8 "Summer of '69" Rock Safe
"You Are So Beautiful"
Week 9 (semi-final) "Only Girl (In the World)" Club classics Safe
"Chasing Cars" "Get me to the final songs"
Week 10 (final) "Your Song" Free choice (no theme) Safe
"She's the One" (performed with Robbie Williams) Celebrity duet
"Torn" Free choice (no theme) Third Place

2011–present: Up All Night

Following The X Factor, the group signed a £2 million record contract with Syco Music.[6]

One Direction and nine other contestants from the reality show participated in the X Factor Live Tour from February–April 2011.[7] The tour consisted of multiple stops within the UK and Ireland.

One Direction made an appearance on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on 4 April 2011 and Malik confirmed their debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" would be released in June, though it was pushed back to August in order to coincide with the launch of the eighth series of The X Factor,[8] and then again to September. While on the show, One Direction also confirmed they are the new ambassadors for Pokémon.[9] On 29 July, they made an appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man.[10]

They developed their debut album with Savan Kotecha[11] and released their debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" on 11 September 2011.[12] It was written by Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha and Rami Yacoub.[13] The song received its first airplay on 10 August on BBC Radio 1, and broke pre-order sales record for Sony Music.[14] It entered the UK Singles Chart at #1 with first-week sales of 153,965, the highest of the year.

One Direction will release their second single "Gotta Be You" on 13 November 2011.[15] The song was written by Steve Mac and August Rigo. The single will be followed by their debut studio album, Up All Night on 21 November.[16] The album features songs written by Kelly Clarkson and Ed Sheeran.[17]

The group performed the single for the first time on Red or Black? on 10 September. On 26 September, One Direction announced their debut headline UK tour, set for December 2011 and January 2012.[18]

Non-music activities


One Direction's first book, One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story)

The first One Direction-licensed book, One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story), was released on 17 February 2011.[19] Published by HarperCollins, the book contains personal snaps, unseen photographs and backstage footage both from The X Factor and the X Factor Live Tour, as well as written accounts of every member of the band.[20] The book reached the number one spot on the Sunday Times Bestseller list.[21]

One Direction: The Official Annual 2012, was published on 1 September 2011. The book includes exclusive interviews, up to the minute news and information, and never before seen photos of the band.[22]

On 15 September 2011, One Direction released Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction.[23] Like the other books, it contains exclusive unseen photos of the band on and off stage, along with private captured moments. Dare to Dream was also able to secure the top spot on the Sunday Times Non Fiction Hardback Bestseller list. [24]

Commercial endorsements

One Direction became the brand ambassadors for Pokémon Black and White in April 2011. They starred in a series of television ads, as well as special events performing for and meeting fans.[25]

The band also launched limited edition Nokia C2-02 and Nokia C3-00 phones. They contain exclusive content such as One Direction wallpapers, ringtones, and behind the scenes videos of the band.[26]


Each of the five members applied as solo contestants, but failed to qualify for the Boys category. After a suggestion by guest judge Nicole Scherzinger, the five teens were put into a band, thus qualifying for the Groups category.[27]

Niall Horan

Niall Horan (born 13 September 1993 (1993-09-13) (age 18)) from Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland, a student at Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar.[28]

Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik (born 12 January 1993 (1993-01-12) (age 18)) from West Lane Baildon, Bradford, England[29] a student at Tong High School.[30] He is of Pakistani descent. His audition was initially not shown, but was shown after the series ended on companion show Xtra Factor. Malik was noted for becoming nervous in bootcamp, and when he was told he had to dance, he decided to remain backstage, effectively running the risk of elimination. Cowell noticed Malik missing from the dance routine and went backstage and convinced him to return.[31]

Liam Payne

Liam Payne (born 29 August 1993 (1993-08-29) (age 18))[citation needed] from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England, a music technology student at City of Wolverhampton College;.[32] Payne had auditioned in 2008 to The X Factor's fifth series when he was 14 and reached judges' houses, but Cowell thought he was not ready for the competition and asked him to come back in two years.[32] This time Payne auditioned singing "Cry Me a River" and received a standing ovation from the audience and Simon Cowell.[citation needed]

Harry Styles

Harry Styles (born 1 February 1994 (1994-02-01) (age 17)) from Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England, a student at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School;.[33] Styles was the lead singer for the band White Eskimo with band members lead guitarist Haydn Morris, bass guitarist Nick Clough and drummer Will Sweeny.[33] Styles auditioned with "Isn't She Lovely" and received positive comments from two of the three judges present at his audition, with Louis Walsh having doubts on whether he was ready to progress in the competition.[citation needed] At bootcamp, he sang "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" before being rejected and put into One Direction.[citation needed]

Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson (born 24 December 1991 (1991-12-24) (age 19)). from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, was a sixth form student at Hall Cross School and previously at The Hayfield School before that.[34]

Tours and concerts

  • The X Factor Live Tour 2011 (February–April 2011)
  • One Direction UK Tour (December 2011–January 2012)



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Up All Night To be released


Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"What Makes You Beautiful" 2011 1 15 1 76 3 1 Up All Night
"Gotta Be You" 13 November 2011

As featured artists

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
(as part of The X Factor Finalists 2010)
2010 1 1 1 Non-album single
"Wishing on a Star"
(The X Factor Finalists 2011
featuring JLS and One Direction)
2011 20 November

Other charted songs

Song Year Peak chart positions Album/single
"Na Na Na" 2011 27 "What Makes You Beautiful"



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