One Direction Billboard Magazine Cover, Plus 'Glee' Covering 1D Song

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It's the return of boy bands! One Direction graces the cover of Billboard magazine, in a kooky little send up of teen lovin' magazines, like Tiger Beat.

Check out the graphics on this Billboard magazine cover - bright colors, hearts and stars, and of course, the boys of One Direction.

It doesn't even look like Billboard magazine anymore, to be honest.

Note that The Wanted graces an alternate cover of the March 31 magazine. It's definite boy band mania!

Inside the issue of Billboard magazine, fans can read up on how these boy bands are enjoying meteoric fame, with One Direction's 'Up All Night' topping the album chart and The Wanted's 'Glad You Came' enjoying the number 3 spot on the Hot 100.

One Direction "creator" Simon Cowell notes that, "I've done this long enough that everything in music and entertainment in cyclical. [Even if] you go back to the Motown days, every time, it always comes back to 12 o'clock. It felt like that time again."

He's speaking, of course, about boy bands seeing a resurgence in popularity yet again, following in the footsteps of groups like New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and 'N Sync.

There's a great story about how senior entertainment producer Melissa Lonner at the 'Today Show' booked One Direction for an in-studio performance, but they received so many fan emails they moved the boys outside to Rockefeller Plaza and beefed up security.

To say that 1D has a massive following is an understatement, as their March 12 'Today Show' appearance drew an estimated 15,000 fans. Their album hadn't even been released in the U.S. at the time of the performance!

Crowds that size have only turned out for 'Today Show' appearances by Lady Gaga, Chris Brown and Justin Bieber.

So, it's safe to say that One Direction is doing all right.

To add fuel to their red hot fire, it's rumored that One Direction's 'What Makes You Beautiful' will get even more exposure - on an upcoming episode of 'Glee'!

'Glee' star Matthew Morrison tells The Sun, "I've heard of them, they're really taking over the States. We are covering one of their songs on 'Glee'; What Makes You Beautiful. I need to YouTube it to practice."

Morrison joked, "They've made it now though, they're on 'Glee'! This will probably help their record sales too."

Um... we think they're doing just fine, even without the 'Glee' exposure!

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