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One DirectionOne Direction are a British-Irish boy band, consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.


They finished third on the seventh series of The X Factor. Following The X Factor, the group signed a record contract with Syco Music.

One Direction's debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" was released on 11 September 2011. The single debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number one on 18 September 2011, shifting 153,965 copies, becoming the third fastest selling single of 2011.. Their second single, "Gotta Be You", was released on 13 November 2011, which peaked at number three. Their debut album Up All Night was released on 21 November 2011. The album peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart, selling 138,631 copies.  Up All Night became the fastest-selling debut album on the UK Albums Chart of 2011. The became the third biggest selling debut album on the UK Albums Chart of 2011. The album became 16th biggest selling album of 2011, with 468,000 copies sold, between the albums first five weeks of release.

In 2010, all five members applied as solo candidates for the The X Factor, but failed to qualify for the "Boys" category. After suggestion by guest judge Nicole Scherzinger, the five were put into a band, thus qualifying for the "Groups" category. After the elimination of F.Y.D., Diva Fever and Belle Amie within four weeks, they were Simon Cowell's last act in the competition. One Direction finished third behind runner-up Rebecca Ferguson and winner Matt Cardle. Immediately after the final, their song "Forever Young", which would have been released if they had won The X Factor, was leaked onto the internet.

Following The X Factor, the group signed a £2 million record contract with Syco Music.

One Direction and nine other contestants from the series participated in the X Factor Live Tour from February–April 2011. The tour consisted of multiple stops within the UK and Ireland.

One Direction made an appearance on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on 4 April 2011 and Malik confirmed their debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" would be released in June, though it was pushed back to August in order to coincide with the launch of the eighth series of The X Factor, and then again to September. While on the show, One Direction also confirmed they are the new ambassadors for Pokémon. On 29 July, they made an appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

They developed their debut album with Savan Kotecha and released their debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" on 11 September 2011. The song received its first airplay on 10 August on BBC Radio 1, and broke pre-order sales record for Sony Music. It entered the UK Singles Chart at #1 with first-week sales of 153,965. As of December 2011 the single sold 540,000 copies in the UK. 1 January 2012, it was revealed that 'What Makes You Beautiful' was the 20th biggest-selling single of 2011 on the UK Singles Chart.

One Direction released their second single "Gotta Be You" on 13 November 2011. The single was followed by their debut studio album, Up All Night on 21 November. The album features songs written by Kelly Clarkson and Ed Sheeran. The album became the fastest-selling debut album on the UK Albums Chart of 2011, selling 138,631 copies in it's opening week. The album became the third biggest selling debut album on the UK Albums Chart of 2011. The album became 16th biggest selling album of 2011, with 468,000 copies sold, between the albums five weeks of release.

The group performed the single for the first time on Red or Black? on 10 September. On 26 September, One Direction announced their debut headline UK tour, set for December 2011 and January 2012. The tour was sold out in minutes of release.

On 9 November, One Direction also revealed that they will be touring the United States with Big Time Rush on February and March 2012.

The group have signed a US record deal with Columbia. Their debut album will be released 20 March 2012 in the United States and Canada.

The first One Direction-licensed book, One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story), was released on 17 February 2011. Published by HarperCollins, the book contains personal snaps, unseen photographs and backstage footage both from The X Factor and the X Factor Live Tour, as well as written accounts of every member of the band. The book reached the number one spot on the Sunday Times Bestseller list.

One Direction: The Official Annual 2012, was published on 1 September 2011. The book includes exclusive interviews, up to the minute news and information, and never before seen photos of the band.

On 15 September 2011, One Direction released Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction. Like the other books, it contains exclusive unseen photos of the band on and off stage, along with private captured moments. Dare to Dream was also able to secure the top spot on the Sunday Times Non Fiction Hardback Bestseller list.

The group have released there first calender One Direction 2012 Calendar. On 15 December 2011, Amazon.com revealed that One Direction have achieved the top selling calendar of all time surpassing Cheryl Cole's Official Cheryl Cole 2011 Calendar and JLS's Official JLS 2011 Calendar.

One Direction became the brand ambassadors for Pokémon Black and White in April 2011. They starred in a series of television ads, as well as special events performing for and meeting fans.

The band also launched limited edition Nokia C2-02 and Nokia C3-00 phones. They contain exclusive content such as One Direction wallpapers, ringtones, and behind the scenes videos of the band.

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