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Cheeky chappies Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson were all competing on the seventh series of The X Factor when Simon Cowell suggested that they join up to form a group and One Direction was born. The boys came third in the reality TV series contest before being signed to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records. They later signed onto Colombia Records in North America.
Their debut album Up All Night, released in November 2011, became the fastest-selling debut album of 2011 in the UK and in 2012, the album debuted at number one on the US, making One Direction the first UK band in history to debut at number one with their first album.
Up All Night spawned three UK top 10 singles including Gotta Be You, One Thing and What Makes You Beautiful - which won Best British Single at the 2012 Brit Awards.
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