I should have had my 15 year old cousin write this article, clearly she knows more about One Direction than I do. Backstreet Boys were my time boy band. One Direction supersedes the Backstreet Boys though, and any other boy band for that matter! The records they broke in album sales, One Direction went from finishing third place on the British version of the X-Factor, to becoming an international success! They have been suggested as the first ever billion dollar boy band!
The most well known guy in the group is Harry Styles. Mostly because he's been named the group's "heartthrob" and because of his past relationship with Taylor Swift. The other members of 1D are: Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik & Liam Payne. (Parents, feel free to use this as a guideline for the next time your teenage daughter comes home throwing these names around. You will actually know what they are talking about) :)
They are an English-Irish band based in London. After they finished third in the televised competition, they guys signed on to Simon Cowell's record label. They wasted no time getting One Direction into the spotlight. I remember walking through Mohegan Sun and seeing One Direction dolls in the stores. It was madness! I have to say though, they have impeccable work ethic! In 2012 they released not one..but TWO full length albums! Up All Night was their debut album which dropped in March of 2012, and 8 months later they released their second album, Take Me Home. The average timeline for an artist to release a new album is anywhere from 1-3 years. Yes, there are just "doing their job," but add studio time recording to countless photo ops, touring and everything else that goes with that lifestyle. I give those guys credit, good thing they are young and can handle it! Even though their faces are plastered all over bedroom walls of teenage girls across the world, One Direction have stayed grounded and that is key! Liam Payne said in an interview that he doesn't spend a lot of his money. He said you have to take care of it, especially if they (1D) will be making all their money now, they need to be smart with it.
Their latest album was released just before last Thanksgiving and is titled, Midnight Memories. The latest single from that album is "Story of my Life" and it has been dominating our Shooting Stars countdown! It reminds me of a Lumineers song.. very mellow with fantastic harmony! They performed it acoustically and it sounds great! You can listen below.