One Direction (English-Irish boy band formed in 2010)

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One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, comprising Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in 2010. Propelled to international success by social media, One Direction's four albums, Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013) and Four (2014) broke records, topped charts in most major markets, and generated hit singles including "What Makes You Beautiful", "Live While We're Young", "Story of My Life" and "Steal My Girl".

Their achievements include five Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, eleven MTV Europe Music Awards, and nineteen Teen Choice Awards out of nineteen nominations, among many others. According to Nick Gatfield, the chairman and chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment UK, One Direction represented a $50 million business empire by June 2012. They were proclaimed 2012's "Top New Artist" by Billboard. According to the Sunday Times Rich List, by April 2013, they had an estimated personal combined wealth of £25 million ($41.2m) making them the second-wealthiest musicians in the UK under 30 years of age. In 2014, Forbes listed them the second-highest earning celebrities under 30, with the group earning an estimated $75 million from June 2013 to June 2014.

After the release of Four, One Direction became the first band in the U.S. Billboard 200 history to have their first four albums debut at number one. Their third album, Midnight Memories, was the biggest-selling album worldwide of 2013 despite being released in later November. In 2014, Billboard named One Direction the top artist of the year.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Up All Night One Direction 5 7
2012 Take Me Home One Direction 5 7
2013 Midnight Memories One Direction 5 4
2014 FOUR One Direction 4


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Viva la vida One Direction 5 1
2010 My Life Would Suck Without You One Direction 5 1
2010 Nobody Knows One Direction 5 1
2010 Total Eclipse of the Heart One Direction 5 1
2010 Kids in America One Direction 5 1
2010 Something About the Way You Look Tonight One Direction 5 1
2010 All You Need Is Love One Direction 5 1
2010 Summer of '69 One Direction 5 1
2010 You Are So Beautiful One Direction 5 1
2010 Chasing Cars One Direction 5 1
2010 Only Girl (in the World) One Direction 5 1
2010 Your Song One Direction 5 1
2011 What Makes You Beautiful One Direction 5 2
2011 Gotta Be You One Direction 5 2
2011 Wishing on a Star The X Factor Finalists 2011 feat. JLS & One Direction 5 2
2012 One Thing One Direction 5 3
2012 More Than This One Direction 5 1
2012 Live While We're Young One Direction 5 5
2013 Kiss You One Direction 5 1
2013 One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks) One Direction 5 4
2013 Best Song Ever One Direction 5 2
2013 Story of My Life One Direction 5 3
2014 Steal My Girl One Direction 1
2014 Night Changes One Direction 1
Little Things One Direction 0

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 iTunes Festival: London 2012 One Direction 5 1

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