One Direction are celebrating after going down in history as the first UK act ever to enter the US Billboard 200 chart at number one with their debut album.
Despite loving life in America, the icing on the cake for Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan would be to come home to Britain and perform at one of the biggest and most prestigious events of the year – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert.
Gary Barlow is organizing the music spectacular and he has made no secret of the fact he is a huge fans of the 1D boys, recently Tweeting: “Another big congrats to @onedirection on their US success.America loving our boy bands.Maybe I’ll get me cycling shorts back on!! #ornot”
Gary has pulled together an incredible line-up for the celebratory concert, which takes place on June 4, including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, JLS, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Cliff Richard – could One Direction be next on the bill?
A concert insider told The Mirror: “Obviously Gary has close connections with Simon Cowell and The X Factor, and is keen to get One Direction signed up.
“A few things need to be moved around but hopefully the boys will be signed up by the end of the month.”
Harry confirmed the group would love to perform at the concert, especially if they could take to the stage with Paul McCartney.
He said: “I’d love to meet Her Royal Highness. And I grew up listening to the Beatles ’cos my dad used to play them over and over again. I still listen to them now. They’re quite an inspiration. It’d be amazing if Paul McCartney was up for doing something… I love him. That would be incredible. We’ve got a lot of big plans but I’m sure anything would be struck out of the diary if an invitation came along.”
Gary is working tirelessly to ensure the special free event will be a fitting showcase of the best of British talent to mark 60 years of the Queen being on the throne.
The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and other royals will attend the event, which will be staged at the Queen Victoria memorial at the end of The Mall, in front of Buckingham Palace, which Gary describes as “the best backdrop in the world.”Source: Entertainment.Stv.Tv
One Direction is getting tons of invitations for personal appearances now that the band has become a massive hit around the world. But will the group make time for invitation to visit an “X Factor” U.S. audition?
A cheeky but somewhat serious Twitter message from “The X Factor” U.S. indicates that the invitation has gone out to at least one member of One Direction: Harry Styles.
On March 21, 2012, “The X Factor” U.S. tweeted this message after news broke about One Direction being the first U.K. group to have its first album debut at No. 1 in the U.S
“@Harry_Styles we’re still waiting to hear which audition city you want to come visit us at 😉 After this news we owe you a jump high five!”
“X Factor” auditions for 2012 are currently under way in the U.K. and the U.S.
It would seem natural for One Direction to visit the U.K. auditions first, but the group will not be able to attend the U.K. auditions in 2012 due to work commitments in North America.
As for the U.S. auditions in 2012, here are the possible dates that One Direction could attend:
May 1, 2012: Greensboro, North Carolina – Greensboro Coliseum
May 9, 2012: Providence, Rhode Island – Dunkin’ Donuts Center
June 18, 2012: San Francisco, California – Cow Palace (auditions in front of judges)*
July 8, 2012: Greensboro, North Carolina – Greensboro Coliseum (auditions in front of judges)*
July 9, 2012: Greensboro, North Carolina – Greensboro Coliseum (auditions in front of judges)*
*(Only if a One Direction concert tour date is not added here.)
The judges do not attend open-call auditions, so it would make more sense for One Direction to go to any of the auditions where Cowell will be at, namely in San Francisco on June 18 or in Greensboro on July 8 and July 9. If anyone can make a One Direction “X Factor” audition visit happen, Cowell can.Source: Examiner.Com
One Direction mania will keep its grip on America’s teens and tweens well into the summer. The U.K. pop vocal sensations announced on Wednesday they’ll headline their first-ever North American Tour, starting May 24 in Fairfax, Va. and sweeping through arenas and large theaters in cities ranging from New York, Toronto and Los Angeles and many points in between.
The quintet made history this week on the Billboard 200 as the first U.K. group to bow at No. 1 with their debut album on Columbia’s “Up All Night.” The album’s lead single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 a month ago.
In the past two weeks, the five-piece have charmed American audiences on multiple television appearances — 10,000 screaming fans showed for NBC’s “Today on March 12 — and they are slated to make a splash on “Saturday Night Live” on April 7.
Formed on the 2010 edition of the U.K. version of “X Factor,” One Direction comprises Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. All of the group members hail from the U.K., save for Horan, who is from Ireland. The act has nabbed three top three U.K. singles and its debut album hit No. 2 in November 2011.
They aren’t exactly novices to the U.S. touring circuit, having just wrapped a 10-date trip opening for Big Time Rush.
So far, 21 dates on the tour have been announced with more planned. Tickets go on sale March 24.Source: Billboard.Com
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One Direction’s debut album “Up All Night” is the #1 album on the US Billboard charts, making them the first British Group to debut at #1!
Congratulation boys! WE LOVE YOU!
They also annoucned that they will be having a US TOUR this summer! More info coming tomorrow on the Ryan Seacrest show!
We think it’s about time you lift that rock that you’re living under and take a couple minutes to get to know British-Irish boy band/international sensation One Direction. Comprising Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson (collect ’em all!), these five singers were a product of the seventh season of the “The X Factor U.K.” But instead of trying to gain Simon Cowell’s approval, these dudes have moved on to bigger and better things — like breaking records with their debut album, Up All Night, the fastest-selling debut album on the U.K. album charts in 2011. The album’s hit single “What Makes You Beautiful” garnered the boys the coveted Best British Single statue at the 2012 Brit Awards, and none of these guys can even rent a car in the States yet. Yeah, WE KNOW.
We sat down with the five guys to discuss their impending superstardom and what the ride to the top has been like so far. We even have a couple live and acoustic performances for you to drool over. (Sorry you can’t tape videos to your Trapper Keeper.) As for what everyone wants to know — what One Direction thinks of Simon Cowell — the boys kept it very diplomatic: “[Simon Cowell] basically told us that he wanted us to be the group that we wanted to be… right down to our styling to the sound of our music… It needs to be authentic.” Great advice, Simon. The dudes also said that they still go to him for “queries,” which is the adorable English way of saying “questions.”
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