One Direction are a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They finished third on the seventh series of The X Factor. Following The X Factor, the group signed a record contract with Sony Music subsidiary Syco Records. One Direction's debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" was released on September 11, 2011. The song received its first airplay on August 10th. on BBC Radio 1, and broke pre-order sales record for Sony Music. The single debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number one with 153,965 sales within the first week, becoming the third fastest selling single of 2011. As of December 2011 the single had sold 540,000 copies in the UK. One Direction released their second single "Gotta Be You" on November 13, 2011. The single was followed by their debut studio album, Up All Night on November 21st. The album features songs written by Kelly Clarkson and Ed Sheeran. The album peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart, selling 138,631 copies, and was the fastest-selling debut album on the UK Albums Chart of 2011. Up All Night was the sixteenth biggest selling album on the UK Albums Chart of 2011, with 468,000 copies sold. On 9 November 2011, One Direction begins touring the United States with Big Time Rush, February - March 2012.
January 2012, One Direction released their third single "One Thing" on 6 January 2012, in various European countries and was released in the United Kingdom, 13 February 2012. In the UK's singles week of release, "One Thing" became the highest climber of the week up seventeen places (26-9), peaking at number nine with 31,602 sales, becoming the third consecutive top ten single from Up All Night. One Direction have signed a record deal with Columbia Records in the United States. The album was originally set for release in North America 23 March 2012, but due to overwhelming fan demand, their debut album was released one week early on March 13, 2012." "What Makes You Beautiful" was released via digital download in the United States, February 14, 2012. In the Unites States, "What Makes You Beautiful" became the highest Hot 100 debut for a U.K. act since 1998. The single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number twenty-eight, while debuting at number twelve on the Hot Digital Songs Chart, selling 132,000 downloads in its first week.
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