Six Things To Know About One Direction, The Quintet Taking Over The Metropolitan Area For The Next Few Days

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Beginning tonight and spooling out over the weekend, a pack of five British youths will blitz the tri-state area with performances and signings and, eventually, a Rockefeller Center-stuffing appearance on NBC's Today. The five young men make up the vocal group One Direction—a five-member boyband of floppy-haired dudes from the UK and Ireland, hatched in part by the ever-smirking real talker Simon Cowell—and they've so far had quite a bit of success on the other side of the Atlantic. If this whole thing works out and even more foreigners usurp this country's teen-idol gigs, you'll probably be seeing a lot more of them. (Even in those corners of the Internet that claim to dislike them, because what would those outlets be without talismans of Bad Music to rail against? Right.) In advance of their debut appearance in New York, which happens tonight at Radio City, here are six things to know about the group.


1. They're a product of reality TV.
In 2010 Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson individually auditioned for season 7 of Simon Cowell's UK Idol clone The X Factor, and they didn't individually make the cut, but Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger (a guest judge that season) had the idea to glom them all together into a single unit. They eventually finished third.

2. The Ireland-born Horan is the "cute one," but Styles is the one with the tabloid-ready story.
The yongest member of the band, the floppy-haired Styles was romantically attached to British TV presenter Caroline Flack at the end of 2011. They'd broken up by the end of January, although in Styles's defense three months is a much longer time in the mind of a 17-year-old.

3. Kelly Clarkson co-wrote one of the songs on their debut, Up All Night, which comes out here next week.
Like many of the albums released by Cowell's progeny, Up is full of material from people who have contributed to recent pop successes—RedOne, Toby Gad, etc. (The lead single, the peppy cheer-up-you're-great nugget "What Makes You Beautiful," debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 28 a few weeks back; it also, thanks to online voting, won the British Single of the Year award at the BRIT Awards.) A demo for the uptempo "Tell Me A Lie" with the inaugural American Idol winner on vocal duties leaked online last year, and it—like much of the material on Clarkson's new album Stronger—puts the singer in the role of the aggreived party, dealing with a lover who wants to be with someone else. Here's the version that's on One Direction album:


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21 comments
Daria
Daria

WOW.. nice :) love you gays too 

Kathy lezama
Kathy lezama

Omg u should like come too my house for we could meet

Onedirection
Onedirection

i want one direction to be  FOREVER YOUNG! they STOLE MY HEART! i cant love them MORE THAN THIS! I WISH (well) I WANT to meet them!if they all become TAKEN ill be saddddd! EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM is WHATS MAKES THEM BEAUTIFUL! they have this ONE THING! when i see them im in ANOTHER WORLD! when i hear their songs im like NA NA NA! I need to STAND UP and get their tickets! I'll stay UP ALL NIGHT if i need to just to get their tickets! they have so many funny MOMENTS together! It's GOTTA BE THEM the best band to be! I wont make the SAME MISTAKES like fangirls do! yes my MATH SKILLS ARE TERRIBLE!lol see what i did there? if not then your READING skills are terrible;)anyway I'm trying to get tickets to one direction in 2013 i found front row seats for like MEGA cheap so wish me luck!!!! directioner for life<3 i hope the band is having a good day!

Sagv72
Sagv72

i love you guys so much. zayn you are sooooooooo hot please come and surprise me at my house. i am your biggest fan. i hope i can get tickets for your concert on june 2. i always cry because i know i am never going to get the chance to meet you guys. my sister cried because we got your book. harry you love mexican food me too. zayn if you would have a superpower it would be the power to fly me too.

&lt;3uharry
&lt;3uharry

Harry is so hot! I love all of them!! I wish I could meet them...

Llgrn99
Llgrn99

What is the type of jacket/sweater niall and harry are wearin in the first picture !! Please tell me someone !

keyarin
keyarin

I LOOOOVVEEE YOU GUYS AND YOUR MUSIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Abigail
Abigail

One Direction is a great band, and I don't think their music is "fluff" at all. They can all REALLY sing, and it shows. Simon Cowell absolutely adores them, and when Simon likes a musician they must have at least some great potential. This is coming from a girl who listens to bands like Black Veil Brides, My Chemical Romance, Asking Alexandria, and Metallica usually. Totally different genre's, but they are all good. I'm for sure a directioner :)

Gdzbjf
Gdzbjf

I LOVE ONE DIRECTION!!!!!!!If they ever saw this I would start crying!!They are all SO hot!!Love them SO much!!

Julia
Julia

Great article! I have recently jumped on the 1D bandwagon and I'm loving it! I'm glad I stumbled upon your piece.

Cathirn
Cathirn

Ahhhh!!!!!! LOVE U GUYS!!!!!!!! :)

Ruemidget
Ruemidget

Hop you meant guys and not gays

smiley:-)
smiley:-)

Well i agree wid u and the cutest one is malik and were did u find the mega cheap tickets for one direction omg I luv them sooooo much i just want to marry them

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