History of One Dimension

One Direction is a musical singing group in the Boy Band tradition begun by New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, and Backstreet Boys. Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Liam Payne were complete strangers when they first met on the set of Simon Cowell’s British version of The X Factor in 2010. None of the five were able to make it in the boy’s category and faced elimination from the show. But during the boot camp portion of the competition, they were put together to compete in the groups category, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Even working together and belting out tight harmonies, the band was unable to win the entire competition, finishing no better than third place. They had recorded “Forever Young” to be their first song if they had won the competition, and someone leaked the song to the media following that year’s series. At that point, Simon Cowell signed them to a recording contract worth a reported two million pounds, and a new boy band was created.

Early the following year, One Direction began its meteoric rise to the top when they began working on their debut album, had a book written and released about them, and began their contractually obligated tour with the rest of the X Factor finalists. Once the tour was over, they were able to release the debut album, on which the single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” was already at number one thanks to pre-orders.

Over the next three years, they maintained their hold over the boy band genre, releasing one hit single after another and selling out headlining tours around the world. Soon after their 4th album, “Four,” was released, their tour manager, Paul Higgins, quit the band and a few months later, in March 2015, he was followed by Zayn Malik.


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