In 2012, One Direction went from virtual unknowns in the United States to undoubtedly one of the biggest acts in music, and it doesn’t look like they will be slowing down in the new year.
Following the success of their smash album Take Me Home, the British/Irish boy band will spend the better part of next year working on their 3-D movie, which Simon Cowell said will not only be “about the fans,” but will also follow their massive 2013 world tour, which kicks off in February at London’s O2 arena.
They have their first-ever headlining tour for Up All Night under their belts, but this time around, the boys promise it will be bigger and better.
“With the last tour, we didn’t expect it to be as big as it was,” Harry Styles said. “We never expected to do that many dates. I think we did 92 shows, and this time we are kind of preparing it for bigger arenas so we can make the stage a bit bigger. The whole show is bigger, and we’re doing, like, 101 dates on the next one, so it’s going to be a long one.”
One Direction did admit that they’ve already picked out their opening act but wouldn’t disclose the lucky artist. However, they did reveal who is on their dream list of tourmates.
“Celine Dion!” Liam Payne said of who he would want to tour with before rattling off the names of Bruno Mars, Pink and Kanye West.
Zayn Malik admitted that going on tour with Katy Perry “would be amazing,” but hip-hop mogul Jay-Z tops his list.
“Imagine going on tour with Jay-Z,” Malik asked the group.
“Lads, I don’t think there’s much chance,” Louis Tomlinson admitted.
And while they might not get to go on tour with Jay, they are keeping their hopes up for a possible collaboration.
“I would love to do a hip-hop collaboration with Jay-Z,” Payne said. “I don’t know how to talk to him, though. I think he’s wicked. I love Jay-Z. It upsets me that we’re not cool enough, but I wish we could.”
Not so fast: It seems Liam already made the first move. Payne snapped a photo of himself with Jay at the Brooklyn, New York, stop of Justin Bieber’s Believe Tour, after tweeting, “Alssoooo my biggest news todayy i met one of my idols and couldnt even look him in the eye…”
Wonder if he asked him about that collaboration? Fingers crossed, Directioners.
British boyband One Direction have made U.S. music history after topping the 200 Billboard charts with their second album.
The group – made up of Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson – sold 540,000 copies of Take Me Home in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It marks the first time a British band have seen their first two albums debut at the top of the American chart – after their first offering, Up All Night, secured the No. 1 position with 176,000 copies in March this year.
It also comes as the year’s third-highest debut behind Taylor Swift’s Red, which sold 1.2 million units its first week earlier this month, and Mumford & Sons’ Babel, which sold more than 600,000 albums in September in its debut week.
‘We just want to say a massive thanks to all the fans who have supported us,’ band member Harry Styles, 18, said in an interview Tuesday from London.
Take me home sold 540,000 copies in its first week
‘We can send tweets and thank them, but 140 characters is never going be enough to say how much it means.’
The album also debuted at No. 1 in the UK this week and is No. 1 in more than 30 countries, Columbia Records said on Wednesday.
The fivesome’s debut, Up All Night, came in at No. 2 in the United Kingdom last year; it was just released in March in America, where it hit No. 1 and has achieved platinum status.
‘We were a little bit nervous about how people were going to take it,’ 19-year-old Niall Horan said of the new album during tour rehearsals. ‘Everyone gets that second album syndrome.’
They say though they’re excited, they won’t be celebrating too much: ‘We’re finishing rehearsing soon and we’re going home to bed.’
One Direction, who came third on the UK version of The X Factor in 2010, is signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco label imprint.
In just a year, the band has become worldwide sensations, thanks to its feverish fans.
They released a book and have a 3D movie planned. They also made the cut for Barbara Walters’ most fascinating people of 2012 list, which includes New Jersey Gov Chris Christie and U.S. gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas.
One Direction says those experiences have helped the group mature.
‘We’ve been working hard. We’re starting to grow up,’ Horan said. ‘We’re still young, but we’ve passed the initial teenage years. …We’ve grown up quite quick in the job we have to do and we became a lot more independent.’
The group – which includes Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson – will launch a worldwide tour in February. They hope to work with Katy Perry and are still trying to adjust to the celebrity and fame that has taken over their lives.
‘I can see how it gets to people. I guess it’s quite easy to get wrapped up in it all,’ Styles said. ‘We do the same things every other lad our age does. We go out, we have fun, we meet girls and stuff like that.
‘Sometimes it gets written about, which, yeah, we think about it and it’s absolutely crazy. It’s still a bit weird thinking that that’s the way it is.’
One Direction is in the issue of PARADE Magazine, and I’ve added some Christmas-themed photoshoot pictures, as well as an interview below. They talk about Christmas as well. Enjoy!
Editor’s note: To view an exclusive video message from the band, scan the code found on the cover of this weekend’s issue of PARADE, or come back Monday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. ET to watch the video at Parade.com/one. Click here for a full list of PARADE partner papers.
There is, as Dorothy so eloquently put it, no place like home. Especially at Christmas, and especially for the five hardworking members of Britain’s most popular boy band. After a year in which they toured the U.K. and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and 21 cities in North America; landed a spot at the Olympics closing ceremony; and recorded a new album, the lads of One Direction are looking forward to some downtime with family and friends. “I’ll probably go home to Ireland and do the same thing as every year: drink, eat, and sleep a lot,” says Niall Horan, 19. “Just chill out, become fat. We always go to the pub on Christmas Eve.”
“It’s the Christmas dinner,” says Harry Styles, 18, who tackles it with a Jagger-esque swagger. “You go in hard. Then about 7 o’clock, watching a film, you make a turkey sandwich.”
Since forming in 2010 for season seven of Britain’s The X Factor(they finished third), One Direction have become a phenomenon worth an estimated $42 million, a figure that may double next year. Their first album, Up All Night, debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., a feat no other Brits—not even the Beatles or theRolling Stones—ever managed. At September’s MTV Video Music Awards, they won three Moonmen, including Best Pop Video for “What Makes You Beautiful.” “That and doing the Olympics was when I thought, ‘This is bigger than I ever expected it to be,’” says Liam Payne, 19. The band’s second album, Take Me Home, has just been released.
Despite their success, the band members retain a refreshing mix of innocence, charm, and cocksureness, ribbing each other as they don winter wear for their PARADE shoot. All have sensibly plowed their newfound wealth into property—for themselves and, in the case of 19-year-old Zayn Malik, for Mum and Dad. “Now that we have a bit of money, it is nice to get gifts for people,” says Zayn, who bought his parents a house in Bradford, England, where he grew up. “Before I was getting and not really giving.”
Intense media and fan scrutiny ensures that every new hairstyle or offbeat occurrence (“I lost a shoe in Paris,” says Liam, “and that made world news”) gets maximum exposure, making a trip to the shops difficult. Still, the boys like to splash their cash in person. “It’s nice to go and pick out stuff rather than doing it online,” says Harry. Adds Louis Tomlinson, 20, “I do a bit of both. I prefer to go out, but it’s finding the time and the motivation, because [when] we’ve got time off it’s nice to do nothing.”
If it comes to it, there’s always One Direction merchandise to hand out. “My little cousin might get a few dolls,” Zayn says with a laugh. “But I don’t think my mum would be too happy with a doll of me for Christmas.”
And what will they get their bandmates? “I don’t think we’ve ever bought each other a Christmas present,” muses Liam. “If it’s somebody’s birthday, I have to arrange the present—always late because I’m a bit lazy. I’m not about to become the Christmas Man as well. That’s too many jobs.”
One Direction is nominated for 4 different awards for the 2013 People’s Choice Awards! The awards are Favorite Music Fan Following, Favorite Song (What Makes You Beautiful), Favorite Album, and Favorite Breakout Artist! You can vote as many times as you like, there is absolutely no limit, and you do not need to register to vote!! Hopefully One Direction will win at least one of their nominations. To vote, click the above image or the link below:
One Direction appeared and performed on NBC’s TODAY Show yesterday and I’ve added a bunch of photos of Louis to the gallery. You can also watch the video from the appearance below. Louis did an amazing job performing.
Also, our gallery has a new theme made by Tamara (:
One Direction’s new album, ‘Take Me Home‘ is now out!! It actually came out yesterday, but I did not have time to post about it. Anyway, make sure you order or go out and buy the new album to support the boys. Check out a video below of 1D revealing their favorite tracks on the album:
The day that Directioners have been waiting for is finally here! One Direction’s sophomore album Take Me Home is in stores, and fans can finally listen to the album that the fivesome have spent months working on.
Take Me Home is an assortment of pop candy that shows off the group’s growth since coming in third place during the 2010 season of the “X Factor” in the U.K. Each member seems to have an equal amount of solo opportunities, but their voices blend over melodic harmonies and big beats, with each song taking on a unique sound.
MTV News recently caught up with the boy band, who will appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, and each member broke down their favorite track off Take Me Home.
If for some reason you could not watch the video, find out Louis’ favorite song of the album below:
Louis Tomlinson: “Back for You”
“I’m gonna go ‘Back for You’ because we did a lot of writing on that,” Tomlinson said. “And that was fun.”
This up-tempo track mixes in rock with pop as the boys daydream about their girlfriends at home while they are on the road. The lyrics are fun and will definitely be a huge hit with the Directioners as they sing along during the 2013 world tour.
A huge congrats to One Direction for winning Best New Act, Best Fans, and Best UK and Ireland Act at the 2012 EMAs in Frankfurt. Unfortunately they couldn’t make it to the actual awards show, so instead they recorded a video for fans: