One Direction

One of the greatest stories ever to come straight out of reality television. This pop boy band was discovered in the UK version of the X-Factor a show started by and a part of the Simon Cowell empire. The group was ultimately also signed by Simon Cowell’s Syco Records after they finished third overall in the British singing competition. The group’s success early on was fuelled first by their look and second by social media. Their four albums have all topped most of the charts in major markets all across the world.

The group has incurred a tremendous amount of success since being discovered, they have one some of the most prestigious awards in all of the music industry. Including 5 Brit Awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, 19 Teen Choice Awards, and 11 MTV Europe Music Awards. Over the last 4 years the group is responsible for accumulating a business empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

One Direction’s music style has predominantly been pop, and has contained elements of teen pop, pop rock, dance-pop, and has had a ton of electropop and rock influences. Many critics and music executives from all around the world including Digital Spy’s Robert Copsey has described their music as “a collection of PG rock with killer choruses”.

The group has done a fair amount of charitable work and philanthropy, including performing on the BBC’s Children in Need 2001 broadcast, which helped raise over 26 million pounds. The have been involved with the organization ever since, they have expanded their reach also donated over 600,000 pounds for the Stand up to Cancer campaign.

The group originally had five members, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik. In 2015 Zayn Malik left the group citing exhaustion and person reasons. He also said that he just wanted to spend time with his family and friends including his longtime girlfriend, he stressed it had nothing to do with inner turmoil within the group. However months later he engaged in a heated twitter dispute with a few former bandmates.

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