One Direction is an English/Irish boy band that formed on the talent show The X Factor. One Direction's members are Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Liam Payne. They finished third on The X Factor, but went on to have massive success, reinvigorating the boy band genre and starting a British invasion in the U.S.
One Direction has released three albums: Up All Night, Take Me Home and Midnight Memories. The fourth album, appropriately titled Four, is set to be released Nov. 2014. The band's hit songs include "What Makes You Beautiful," "Kiss You," "Live While We’re Young," "Best Song Ever" and "Story of My Life."
One Direction has a huge online presence. The boy band's "What Makes You Beautiful" video has over 559 million views on YouTube and the group has over 35 million Facebook fans, plus over 20 million Twitter followers.
A few facts about the band: One Direction sold over 1.6 million tickets to 134 shows to the Take Me Home Tour in 2013. Footage from the tour was turned into a feature film titled This Is Us that topped the US and UK box offices and earning over $60 million worldwide, making it the current fourth highest grossing concert movie. The 2014 Where We Are Tour dates in Milan, Italy were recorded and are reportedly being turned into a special concert DVD available Dec. 2014.
1D fans call themselves Directioners and One Direction fanfiction has taken on a life of it's own. One author has even changed the fanfiction game by receiving a major book deal for her One Direction-inspired online story titled "After."