The pop group now known as One Direction met on the UK hit X Factor in 2010 where they planned on winning as solo acts.
At the urging of guest judge, Nicole Scherzinger, the five joined together as a single group .... and One Direction was born.
The teens, with Simon Cowell as their coach and mentor, didn't win top prize, but they did win the hearts of fans and walked away as the newest global music sensation. Today, One Direction represent a multi-miilion dollar business empire and have topped the charts with four albums Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013) and Four (2014) generating such hit singles as "What Makes You Beautiful", "Live While We're Young", "Story of My Life" and "Night Changes".
Who are the members of One Direction?
From left to right: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson
Niall James Horan - @NiallOfficial -
Niall's birthday is July 13, 1993. He is from Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland,
Liam James Payne - @Real_Liam_Payne
Born on August 29, 1993 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England, UK,
Harold Edward "Harry" Styles - @Harry_Styles
Born on February 1, 1994 Harry is from the village Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England.
Louis William Tomlinson - @Louis_Tomlinson
Louis was born on December 24, 1991. He comes from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England.
Zayn Javadd Malik, a former member of One Direction, left the group suddenly in 2015 citing the pressures of fame and touring as reasons for his departure, saying:
"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologise to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world."
One Direction released their first single, "What Makes You Beautiful", in September 2011. The song cemented their popularity when it peaked at number one in the UK and charted in the top ten in several other countries. Since then, the group has become a worldwide sensation with tween, teens (and their parents!) as they continue to top the charts with such hits as "Best Song Ever", "Live While We're Young", "One Thing", "Should Have Kissed You", "Moments", "Na Na Na" and "Gotta Be You."
One Direction made history in 2013 when YouTube's VEVO channel announced that the video
"Best Song Ever" had garnered 10.9 million views within 24 hours of its release on the site.
Around the world online
One Direction fans have used online platforms such as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook creating a global phenomenon and inspiring a generation of 1D-mania.
One Direction has made new media and all the social connections online their own. They have more than 204 million YouTube views, 12 million followers on Twitter and over 3.6 million followers on Facebook.
The numbers keep climbing, but the boys are just as careful about keeping in touch with their fans and friends as they have always been. Tweets and updates flow from all 5 of the 1D stars on a regular basis. If you want to keep up with them, just check online!
More about One Direction around the Web:
One Direction The Official Site - The official Directioners' site is the place to be to find out when new concert dates will be announced. Check the rumors against the facts and be in on the real info about your favorite group! The boys are popular around the globe, so just click on the country you want and find out when and where One Direction will be touring near you.