One Direction may be the best boy band ever formed in history, they have impacted
many people around the world. All their unique talents come together to form this amazing boy
One Direction is an English-Irish pop boy band. “Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne,
Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, ………became One Direction, and a pop sensation was born.”
(Mohan). In 2010 they all auditioned as solo candidates for the famous British televised singing
competition The X Factor. Although they all failed to continue in the “Boys” category in the
competition, “……they were united as a band during boot camp level of the competition.”(One
Direction Success Story). Simon Cowell thought that they were too good to be kicked out just
like that, so he took them all backstage to ask if they would like to continue as a boy band. They
were all excited to continue in the competition so they were all willing to take the risk and come
together as a group. After being in third place in the competition they began to record their own
They had gone from being the fanciest boy in school to the fanciest boys in the country.
School life for most of the members of the band. They all performed singing and programs or
some type of musical performance. All of them showed interest in music at a very young age.
Looking more into the member’s life, the youngest of the band, Harry Styles was born in
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, on February 1, 1994. He attended Holmes Chapel
Comprehensive school, where he and three of his friends formed a band. The band was popular
enough to win a school completion. After that, he went to The X Factor where he performed as a
The best known as a member of the boy band One Direction, Niall Horan was born in
Mullingar, Ireland, on September 13,1993. During his school years, he showed talent for singing
and performing. He performed at a couple of places before getting into The X Factor.
Liam Payne rose to fame being a member of One direction. He is known not only as a
singer but also a songwriter. He was born on August 29, 1993, in Wolverhampton, England. He
was interested in both music and athletics. After his graduation from St. Peter’s, he enrolled in
the city of Wolverhampton College to study music technology.
Louis Tomlinson began his career as an actor on ITV drama film If I Had You and the
BBC drama Waterloo Road. In 2010, he became a member of One Direction. Louis Tomlinson
was born on December 24,1991, in Don caster, England. Louis attended The Hayfield school in
Don caster. He did not graduate and complete his studies at Hall Cross Academy. He then
performed in several school productions, including the musical Grease.
Zayn Malik grew up listening to his father’s urban music records. He started writing raps
when he was at school and sang on stage for the first time when singer Jay Sean visited his
school. He was born on January 12, 1993, in Bradford, England, to a family of English-Pakistani
descent. He attended Lower Fields Primary School and Tong High School in Bradford. He had
an early love for singing and performing. As a teenager, he took performing arts courses and
appeared in several school productions.
One Direction made a total of five albums which include Up All Night, Take Me Home,
Midnight Memories, Four, and Made in the A.M. The boys were extremely busy during the first
few months of 2011. The band performed on the BBC’s Children in Need 2011 charity telethon,
helping to raise over 26 million pounds. When their album Up All Night released in September
2011, include their number one hit single, What Makes You Beautiful. This single reached
number one on the United Kingdom Singles Chart. Up All Night was released globally in early
2012 and this is how they began to be known throughout the whole United States of America,
when the album released in 2012. They were the first boy band to sell 500,000 digital copies in
the United States of America.
Their second studio album, Take Me Home released in November 2012. This album was
written in groups and has an average of just under five songwriters per track. They began
recording the album in May 2012, in Stockholm at Kinglet Studios. The album sold 540,000
copies in its first week in the United States. In addition, Up All Night and Take Me Home were
the number three and number four best-selling albums of 2012 globally.
One Direction performed Little Things at the 2012 Royal Variety Performance in the
presence of Queen Elizabeth II. They were also involved with the United Kingdom charity,
where they traveled to Ghana to volunteer at a children’s hospital, visit a school, and make
Midnight Memories and This Is Us became One Direction’s next big project in 2013. This
Is Us, is a 3D documentary and concert film about the group and it released on the 30th of August
in 2013. The film was such a success in the United Kingdom and United States and became
fourth highest earning concert movie. On November 23 2013, the band dedicated a day to fans
where they performed to support Midnight Memories. The day consisted of a 7 hour of social
interaction featuring live band performances and many celebrity guests.
Midnight Memories was released globally on November 25, 2013. The album debuted
number one in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Making One Direction the first
group debut at number one on the Billboard 200 with its first three albums. The album was
described by the band as edgier. In December of 2013 they broke another United Kingdom sales
record with 270,000 copies of the film sold in the United Kingdom within three days after being
In February, the same year One Direction also released One Way or Another (Teenage
Kicks) as the 2013 single for the United Kingdom’s other major charity telethon Comic Relief.
On July 23, 2014, One Direction announced One Direction: Where We Are – The
Concert Film. This film documented the concerts that occurred on June 28 and 29 of the same
year. The group also released an autobiography book titled Who We Are on September 25, 2014.
On September 8, 2014, they announced their fifth album titled Four but the album released on
November 17. The album topped the Billboard 200 once again and the United Kingdom Album
Chart. November 24, Paul Higgins, the group’s tour manager who was with them since their
formation decided to part ways with the band. They were hoping to continue to go somewhere
else on their fifth album. The We Are Tour was the highest earning concert tour in 2014, and the
highest earning tour ever by a boy band.
One Direction had been overworked for years. After releasing an album every single year
and doing four world tours in five years, they had been on one of the busiest schedules for a
On March 25, 2015, the band released a statement announcing Zayn’s departure. It was
unhealthy to the point that Zayn developed an eating disorder due to pressure of being in the
band. The group did admit that they were upset at first when Zayn decided to leave. One
Direction made their first appearance without their fifth member on The Late Late Show with
James Corden on May 14. Since Zayn left the band, he has gone on to have a solo success with
his number one debut single Pillow talk and album Mind of Mine.
The group released Drag Me Down without an announcement on July 31, 2015. The
single was the first single from their sixth album, Made in the A.M. this was the first thing they
released after Zayn’s departure. After the release rumors spread out that the group would go on
hiatus in 2016 to take a break. The album finally released on November 13, 2015 after being
announced in September.
At the 2015 American Music Awards One Direction won the award for Artist of the Year
for second year in succession. Louis Tomlinson later confirmed that the break would happen
around 18 months. One Direction performed on The X Factor final and this was to be their last
televised performance as a group on December 13.
On January 13 2016, many magazines and social media claimed that the group’s hiatus
would become a permanent split. By May of 2017 all members of the had released solo singles.
One Direction won the Video of the Year award for their song History from their last
album Made in the A.M. at the 2017 Brit Awards. Liam Payne went up to accept the award on
behave of the band. (One Direction Success Story).