Take them home to England (and Ireland)


One Direction starts a new album

One Direction is “number one in thirty-seven countries” to quote their movie, “This is Us.”  With two previously released successful albums under their belts, not many people will disagree.

One Direction’s newest album, “Midnight Memories,” includes the hit songs “Best Song Ever” and “Story of my Life.” Despite the immature words in “Best Song Ever” the boy band has definitely matured since their last albums.

The song “Diana” was written as a message to 1D fans who harm themselves to try to stop them from self harming again by asking the fans to let the band lift up their hearts and save their lives.

Before One Direction began to record even their first album, “Up All Night,” the boys competed on the British television show, “X Factor,” in 2010. Each of the boys auditioned separately and were grouped together by judges Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell. Although the group finished in third place, 1D still managed to get a contract with Cowell’s music label.

Soon after, the boys released their first single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” on Sept. 11, 2011. The song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number one, seven days later, solidifying their fame. Later in the same year, One DIrection released “Up All Night”.

About a year later, 1D’s second  “Take Me Home” was released. This sophomore album is made up of thirteen songs including the hits “Live While We’re Young,” “Little Things” and “Kiss You.”

“Midnight Memories” was released on Nov. 25 of this year. The album sold number one in over 90 countries. By the end of the release day, all 18 songs were on iTunes top 100 chart in the US. Within a week, One Direction held the record in the UK at over 237,000 copies sold in a week.

Even with chart-topping singles and albums and a successful movie One Direction still seem to keep their personalities and egos from before they became world-wide. These down-to-earth dudes have shown that they know how to balance stardom and “the real world.”