The boys check out the ‘Despicable Me’ ride at Universal Orlando

Soon, visitors to Universal Orlando will become part of an evil army on the ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’ ride, and five very well-known stars are among the first to join the ranks!

The boys of One Direction headed to Orlando recently, where they met the evil genius Gru, along with his three daughters: Margo, Edith, and Agnes. They also got early access to ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,’ where they were transformed into tiny yellow minions that assisted Gru in becoming the greatest evil genius the world has ever seen. Don’t worry, though, he had them transformed back to their human form when they were done (whew!)

Fans of ‘Despicable Me’ will be able to check out ‘Minion Mayhem’ when it opens its doors to the masses on Tuesday, July 2. It’s one experience that you’ll want to check out for sure, and it’s only available at Universal Orlando!


One Direction announces new single title “Heartbreaker” and release date

The hot UK band One Direction have just announced their brand new single will be called Heartbreaker.

This song is off of their second album which is set to be released on November 27th. The boys are currently still in the studios busy recording for their yet to be titled album. But the group is quite anxious to spread the news of their music. Niall Horan went to Twitter to let fans know “Recording one of the songs we wrote today! Excited!”. While the new album is expected to be issued later this year or early in 2013, One Direction have revealed details of the project’s first single. One Direction is writing most of their own material they also have several artists lending a hand such as Ed Sheeran who is gaining some buzz surrounding his album ‘+’.


One Direction puts on a screamer at Gary Amp

The boys did a show in Tampa, Florida last night, and here’s a little article about their fantastic show! The boys wrap up their tour in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday.

When you go see One Direction, it’s not so much a concert as it is an event.

Scores of girls, ranging from the half-pint variety to those old enough to drive a car, make signs, paint their shirts and profess their love for the five boy-band members from England and Scotland.

They scream. They cry. Then they scream some more.

And that’s before the band topping the charts nowadays with hits such as “One Thing” and “What Makes You Beautiful” even takes the stage.

When Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson do finally appear in front of the packed house, it’s a 90-minute swoon session where nobody sits down and nearly everyone belts out every word of every song.

Such was the case Friday night at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, as One Direction brought its great looks and good songs to Tampa as part of its “Up All Night” tour. Some adults stuck with their kids or even grandkids as chaperones brought earplugs to combat the deafening sound of nearly 20,000 pairs of lungs screaming at full volume.

The band, which finished in third place on Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor,” bopped and hopped through the songs of its debut album, with offerings such as “Stand Up,” “I Wish,” “Gotta Be You” and “More Than This.”

They dabbled in songs from others, taking a stab at “Stereo Hearts” by the Gym Class Heroes, “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia and “Use Somebody” by the Kings of Leon.

Every song the band sang, the crowd adored. They could have done the “Hokey Pokey” and girls would have fainted.

As singers, they sound pretty good. As under-21 hotties, they look darn good – if you’re a young girl who likes that sort of thing, and many do.

They dress nicely; their clothes aren’t falling off their bodies in some type of wardrobe malfunction. You don’t have to worry about obscenities being belted out on stage. Only a couple have visible tattoos.

Band members seem like they like each other. And they certainly like the reaction they get from the screaming hordes.

They do a solo, girls scream. They answer Twitter questions during the concert, girls scream. Heck, they could even roll around on stage and girls would scream.

Oh wait, that did happen.

The band from across the pond stirs flashbacks to those who coiffed their hair and bounced around on stage decades before them: the Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, ‘N Sync.

With this sort of fan dedication, this boy band for 2012 has just one direction it can go – up.


Kansas City Interview with the boys

When the boys were in Manhattan, they had a quick interview with Kansas City Star. Check it out!

We met Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan, the members of One Direction, when they were in Manhattan recently.

Question: Did you ever think of forming a band before you became One Direction?

Louis: Actually, before (appearing on) “The X Factor,” I posted out on a forum saying that I wanted to start a band and go for “The X Factor,” but actually no one got back to me. So I entered as a solo artist and ended up with these four lads.

Q: As a group, do you have any messages to your fans?

Liam: I think the main message at the moment is just a massive, massive thank you because without them we wouldn’t even be in America doing what we’re doing and tweeting about it. We’re just massively grateful to be doing what we’re doing at the moment. Our album is number one on iTunes. A massive thank you to everyone who’s bought it so far.

Q: Do you write your own songs?

Zayn: We co-wrote three of the songs on our album “Up All Night.” We co-wrote “Same Mistakes,” we co-wrote “Everything About You,” and “Taken.”

Liam: I think for the next album we’re looking to write a lot more of the songs. There were so many good songs that came in for the first album; you have to take the good songs when they come in. We were really happy with the songs. Sometimes you don’t have to write it.

Q: We think it was amazing that you became ambassadors for Rays of Sunshine this past December. Can you tell us more about this incredible children’s charity?

Harry: Rays of Sunshine is an absolutely great charity and it’s a really good cause and we’ve had a great time meeting some very inspiring people since working with them. Doing a couple of events where we’ve met children who aren’t as fortunate, and we’ve met some really nice people doing this. And they’re great.

Liam: Rays of Sunshine is kind of like a charity of kids who have wishes and people they want to meet and we kind of introduce them and get them to follow their wishes.

Q: What was it like to be on “The X Factor?”

Louis: “The X Factor” was a great experience. It was by far the biggest platform for singers to try and make it … And it did. It trained us how to talk on camera, perform to an audience, that kind of thing. It was really good.

Liam: It was quite good for us because we had to make an improvement every week on the show.

Q: How did you come up with the band name “One Direction?”

Harry: Basically, when we all got together, we were all at our houses, so we were just kind of texting each other to come up with a name. We were texting each other names all the time and I thought what would sound good, we’re soloists and we had a target even when we were in the group, we still had the same target, so we kind of went in one direction.

Q: Did you like working with Simon Cowell?

Louis: Yeah, he’s, like, one of the biggest, most powerful men in music. It was great to have him behind us with his support. He gave us a lot of freedom, and we have a good relationship with him. He just let us do what we wanted to do.

Q: What music did you listen to when you were kids?

Louis: Actually, when I was growing up, I was a big fan of Green Day.

Zayn: Growing up, I was listening to R&B music and reggae like at the age of 9 and 10.

Harry: I listened a lot to Elvis Presley when I was younger.

Liam: The first album I bought was a Linkin Park album. In the end it was a good album.

Niall: I was into more older American rock like Bon Jovi, the Eagles.

Q: What are your favorite hobbies?

Zayn: Normal things like play soccer, tennis, play guitar, video games. I like to draw.

Q: Are you nervous before concerts?

Louis: We kind of get nervous, like even if we have a big show to do we don’t get nervous until about five minutes before we all kind of give each other words of good luck and try and make each other kind of laugh.

Niall: More of a relaxed kind of nervous.

Q: If you could change anything in the world what would it be?

Louis: I’d hate to have that power.

Zayn: I think it would be cool if you could go into the future – flying cars. If I could change one thing, cars would fly.

Q: Have you met any other famous artists from Great Britain?

Harry: We went to the Brit awards. So there were loads of people there. We met like Adele, Ed Sheeran. We met a lot of great British artists and we’re very proud to be British.

Q: When you were in school did you ever get bullied?

Louis: I was lucky I didn’t actually ever suffer with bullying.

Zayn: I did when I was like in reception in year one. I’m talking about like 5-6 years old. But only for like a year

Harry: Yeah that was the same for me. I think the most important thing is to make sure you tell somebody. Make sure you talk to your parents or let somebody know.

Q: What are your favorite soccer teams?

All: Manchester United.


“What Makes You Beautiful” Certified Double Platinum

NEW YORK, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — One Direction’s US success continues this week as their debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” passes 2 million digital sales and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. Their BRIT Award winning debut single, “What Makes You Beautiful” sold more than 131,000 copies in the US in its first week, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. Their #28 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 marked the highest debut from a British Group since the Spice Girls in 1998.

In March 2012, the group made chart history when their debut album UP ALL NIGHT entered the US Billboard 200 chart at #1 with over 176,000 copies sold, making them the first British group ever to debut at #1 in the US with their debut album release. To date the album has been certified GOLD and sold over 700,000 copies in the US alone. UP ALL NIGHT is a worldwide success selling over 2.3M albums and has charted at #1 in 16 countries (US, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand).

The Up All Night: The Live Tour DVD is available everywhere today. The live DVD features a 73-minute concert of their hit songs, plus never-before-seen, behind the scenes footage and three music videos (“What Makes You Beautiful,” “Gotta Be You” and “One Thing”). For more information visit: .

One Direction kicked off their sold-out 2012 US summer tour last week in Uncasville, CT. The tour will hit Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and wraps July 1 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The band will return December 3 for a special show at Madison Square Garden which sold out in less than 10 minutes. One Direction are giving their fans a chance to see the group live once again in the summer of 2013 as part of their World Tour — the earliest they are able to return with a tour to the States. The Live Nation-promoted 25-city tour kicks off in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on June 13, 2013 and hits New York, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more (see below for full dates). Tickets are on sale now at and For more information visit .

One Direction are currently writing and recording their forthcoming second album.

One Direction are Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. All of the group hail from the U.K., save for Horan, who is from Ireland. All five of the boys (ages 18-20) auditioned for the UK X Factor in 2010 as solo artists. However, at the suggestion of Simon Cowell they joined forces as a group, quickly becoming one of the competition’s most popular acts of all time, finishing in the final three and garnering a gigantic fan-base along the way.

Source: Market Watch