by nicole fry and jazzie pietrzykowski
In 2010, Liam, Louis, Harry, Niall, and Zayn all decided to audition for the seventh season of The X-Factor UK. Harry Styles, who sang Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder, left his former band called White Eskimo to audition, not knowing what this would bring him. Niall Horan preformed So Sick by Ne-Yo. Katy Perry, who was a judge for his audition, was the only person to say no and that he just wasn't ready, and Niall responded by saying that he wouldn't let her down throughout the rest of the show. Zayn Malik, auditioned by singing Let Me Love You by Mario. They spelled Zayn's name wrong the first time he came on the show, (his name is actually spelled Zain) so he just went on with spelling his name that way and even now, he still spells it like that. Zayn had said after, that his mum actually had to force him to get out of bed at 5am to audition. "Imagine if I would've never got out of bed that day." Liam Payne sang Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake. A lot of people think that if it wasn't for all the high notes Liam had sang, he wouldn't have made it through to the next round. Lastly, Louis Tomlinson preformed Hey There Delilah by The Plain White T's. Every one of them got kicked out, until they called them all back together on stage to form what is now "One Direction."
The Video Below:
Harry's Audtion 0:00Niall's Audition 2:45
Zayn's Audition 3:52
Louis' Audition 4:32
Liam's Audition 5:05
their lives before the x factor
If you didn't know already, "shipping" something means that they aren't actually a couple but you want them to be. A lot of One Direction fans "ship" the boys being couples. Although nothing has ever been confirmed by the boys themselves, and most of them currently have girlfriends, proving not to be homosexual. But, some fans still think that Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles are a couple. Their ship name being Larry Stylinson, combining their names. This "theory" was created completely by fans, never been proven real. Louis and Harry just have a close bromance is all. People think that because they wrote the song They Don't Know About Us together means they are hiding their relationship from the public. When you are forced to be with the same 5 people almost everyday, you would probably have a close relationship with them. That's all there is to it.
One Directions first album, Up All Night, had many accomplishments. It was released in November 2011, only being written 4 months after their departure of The X Factor in December 2010. It charted at #1 in 17 different countries and has 5 million worldwide sales.
Take Me Home, their sophomore album, was even more successful. It was released November 13, 2012. This album was #1 in 17 different countries as of the first week of release and won multiple awards including an AMA in 2013.
Midnight Memories, the third studio album, was released on November 25, 2013. It was #1 in 19 countries as of the first week of release. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, which made history for the band. One Direction are the only group in the 58 year Billboard History that have had their first 3 albums arrive at the top of the charts.
FOUR is the latest album. They named it FOUR because its their fourth album, and they’ve been a band for four years. Only two singles (Steal My Girl and Night Changes) have been released as singles so far off the album, but they plan to release Ready To Run later this year as a single. It came at #1 in 18 different countries as of the first week of release. FOUR is the second largest sales of 2014 with 387,000 sales in the first week. They came behind Taylor Swifts 1989 which sold 1.287 million copies. They also became one of only 6 musicians to have all 4 albums hit #1, accompanied by Beyonce, DMX, the Kingston Trio, the Monkees, and Britney Spears.
Their next tour, The Take Me Home Tour, started February 23 and ended November 3 of 2013. There were a total of 123 shows on this tour, including 4 legs of the tour. They sold out six shows at the O2 Area in London. Parts of this tour were documented on the One Direction movie, This Is Us. Overall, this tour earned about $114 million, while their Up All Night Tour only grossed about $5 million. The setlist included about 14 songs off Take Me Home, but 22 songs in all.
In 2014, they announced their Where We Are Tour to promote their new album, Midnight Memories. There were 69 shows in all throughout the whole tour. With 3.4 million people attending, it grossed about $290 million dollars. Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer were the opening act for the UK, the US, and Europe. Their movie Where We Are: Live From San Siro Stadium, was a concert movie documenting the whole concert at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy.
Their most recent tour, On The Road Again, started on February 7, 2015 and is scheduled to end October 31, 2015. They are said to be playing 80 shows in 6 different legs of the show. On March 19, Zayn Malik announced that he would be taking a break from the tour to fly back to Europe and make things right with his longtime fianceé, Perrie Edwards, after being accused of cheating on her. Six days later, Zayn left the band. His last performance was in Hong Kong, on March 18.
Below is a promotional picture that they used to advertise One Direction coming to Miller Park on August 25, 2015.
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