One Direction is a boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records after being formed andplacing third in the seventh series of 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 thefastest-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 history to debut at number one with their firstalbum in the country. 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 BRITAward for Best British Single. One Direction's world tour is set for 2013, with tickets grossing US$15.7 million for their Australian and New Zealand dates. One Direction has endorsements withPokémon, Nokia, HarperCollins and Hasbro. In April 2012, One Direction's combined net worth was estimated at £10 million. They have been described as sparking a resurgence in the boy band concept, and offorming part of a new "British Invasion" in the United States.
In 2010, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan applied as solo candidates for the seventh series of The XFactor, but failed to qualify for the "Boys" category. After suggestion by guest judge Nicole Scherzinger, they were put together to form the five-piece boy band One Direction, thus qualifying for the"Groups" category. The newly formed boy band had five weeks to gel as a group before the next stage of the competition. The group got together for week-long practice sessions in Manchester in abungalow at the bottom of Styles's stepfather's garden to get to know each other, and to practice. Malik said: "we didn't know what a harmony was. We all just sang in unison for two weeks." Payne agreed:... [continua]

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