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

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4. Their fans call themselves "directioners," and refer to their unit as the "1DFamily."
In the social-media era, where fans of groups can congregate via @-replies and Facebook groups, fanbases giving themselves names has become more of a thing—Lady Gaga has her Little Monsters, and even Jessie J has her Heartbeats. So, too, do the teenagers who love One Direction.

5. They have not one, not two, but three CD signings this weekend, at various venues within driving distance.
Sunday's, located at Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, is inviting people to start lining up at 7 a.m., or six and a half hours before the event begins. (It's at Wal-Mart. Oh, Record World, where are you now?)

6. If they do break America—and quite a few signs, including the aging of Justin Bieber and the extremely strategic way in which they're going to get in this country's collective face over the next week, are pointing to the notion that they might—expect them to be mocked mercilessly by fans of "real music."
Teenage girls are the least-respected musical fanbase, even though they often have pretty good taste as far as picking out catchy melodies and . (Speaking as a former teenage girl here, I might be biased, but I also know that right now I'd much rather listen to "I Think I Love You" than, say, something off Dark Side Of The Moon.) Yet they get relentlessly mocked by the cognoscenti for having bad taste, which really means "liking artists who aren't as macho and real as the big guns approved by the canon." Of course, there have been more thana few instances where aging out of their young phases has resulted in teen idols garnering respect—from Justin Timberlake to the Beatles—while other teen idols' biggest hits have over tiem turned into vertebra on the adult-contemporary backbone. But it would be nice if more of the people who dismiss One Direction and their ilk as "fluff" when they're first coming up would at least inspect the politics behind their disavowals, instead of just making snap judgments based on haircuts and the people who happen to be in the front rows of concerts.

One Direction plays at Radio City Music Hall with Big Time Rush tonight.

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