Happy 3rd Anniversary One Direction!
“I hope when we look back in how many years when we’re granddads, and we look back in the band, I just hope that when we look back on it and think ‘We had the most amazing time and that we’ve actually stayed true to ourselves.” - Louis
What happened so far?
Auditioned as solo artists for the 7th series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor but failed to progress to the “Boys” category however they were put together as a group during the “bootcamp” thus qualifying for the “Groups” category then came third on the X Factor 2010, signed a 2 million record contract with Syco Records.
One Direction’s two albums Up All Night and Take Me Home, released in 2011 and 2012 respectively, broke several records, topped the charts of most major markets, and generated hit singles, including “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Live While We’re Young”.
One Direction performed “Little Things” at the 2012 Royal Variety Performance in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, and headlined a sold-out show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on 3 December 2012 and they performed “What Makes You Beautiful” at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London. In February 2013, One Direction released a cover version of “One Way or Another” and “Teenage Kicks”, “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)”, as the 2013 Comic Relief single
The group have sold 14 million records and were no.1 in 37 countries and have won over 60+ awards through the years, some of which were two BRIT Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards and were proclaimed 2012’s “Top New Artist” by Billboard.
One Direction: This Is Us, a 3D film about the group, released by TriStar Pictures on 30 August 2013. Their third album is scheduled for release later in 2013. Their first stadium tour, the Where We Are Tour, is set to commence in April 2014. The boyband also announced that they will donate £200,000 of the tour’s ticket sales to Stand Up to Cancer charity.