Photo Flash: ONE DIRECTION's Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles & Louis Tomlinson Rock NYC
Pop sensation One Direction is on the road for their first-ever headlining North American tour in support of their debut album UP ALL NIGHT. The tour kicked off on May 24th in Fairfax, Va., and the group just played a concert May 26 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. See photos of One Direction's Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson on stage below!
One Direction gained notoriety in 2010 after appearing on the X-Factor UK. Their global smash debut album, Up All Night, entered the charts at #1 in 12 countries and has been certified triple platinum in Ireland, double platinum in the UK & Australia, and platinum in New Zealand. Their BRIT Award winning debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" entered the charts at #1 in both the UK and Ireland. In the U.S., "What Makes You Beautiful" sold more than 131,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. Their #28 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 marked the highest debut from a British Group's debut single since the Spice Girls in 1998.
Later in March 2012, One Direction performed their hit single "What Makes You Beautiful" on the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, and appeared in an episode of iCarly "iGo One Direction" on April 7th on Nickelodeon. The band were also the musical guests on Saturday Night Live on April 7th with guest host Sofia Vergara. The group also just released the U.S. edition of its official book, DARE TO DREAM: LIFE AS ONE DIRECTION, through HarperCollins this month and plans the release of a second in September 2013.
One Direction are Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. All of the group hail from the U.K., save for Horan, who is from Ireland. All five of the boys (ages 18-20) auditioned for the UK X Factor in 2010 as solo artists. However, at the suggestion of Simon Cowell they joined forces as a group, quickly becoming one of the competitions most popular acts of all time, finishing in the final three and garnering a gigantic fan-base along the way.
Harry Styles and Liam Payne