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One Direction is an English-Irish pop band that was formed in 2010 by Simon Cowell on the British television show “The X Factor”. The group consists of members: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.

After each member of One Direction individually auditioned for the 2010 series of the “The X Factor”, the boys were grouped together by talent scout Simon Cowell to form the band One Direction. While the band failed to win the British talent show, the boys won a lot of fans and did secure third place on the show. More impressive, though, is that the boys went on to win the hearts of teenage girls all over the world soon after the show’s end.

One Direction is responsible for causing a second-wave British pop invasion in the US after their hit singles “What Makes You Beautiful", "Live While We're Young" and "Story of My Life" all became top 10 singles on the US album charts. One Direction also holds the record for being the first band to have each of their first three albums, “Up All Night”, “Take Me Home” and “Midnight Memories”, debut at number one on the US Billboard chart.

One Direction’s sudden and meteoric rise to fame has been the result of an extensive social media following. The band is one of the first to have achieved such extensive fame solely through the use of online social media platforms. This, combined with each of the boy’s fun loving yet individualistic image has breathed new life into the boy band pop genre and built an empire worth over $50 million.

The band has toured extensively across the globe, with their songs’ energetic choruses and the boys’ cheeky stage presences constantly winning more and more devoted fans. With further material always in the works, it seems that One Direction’s star will continue to rise for some time to come.

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One Direction's performance was spectacular. Even though One Direction was the main event, their opening performances were a great hit. Jamie Scott and 5 Seconds of Summer really know how to please a crowd, especially when they are all so good looking. The stage was massive and had many great features including moving parts, lights, confetti, and two huge HD screens so that every part of the audience is able to see the boys clearly at all times. One Direction came out with so much energy and enthusiasm, and because it was Niall's birthday, he came out with balloons attached to him while playing the guitar and singing.

The boys interacted with the fans and even asked if it was anyone's birthday. They sang like angels and even showed off some dance moves. The boys had a great set list for their concert, with most of their songs being the more recent ones. One Direction looked great, which isn't a surprise, because they always look fabulous. One Direction moved around the stage and had a nice graphic background at all times, they even had picture lyrics for a song. The boys introduced their band and each member played a little bit of a song, and the boys jumped in, as well as the audience and sang along.

Just when you thought that the best night of your life was over, One Direction came back out for their encore to sing some of their most popular songs. The encore was massive and left you amazed. There were fireworks here and there throughout the show, but the encore had a so many, which made for great pictures. Each of the boys said their goodbyes and told the audience to stay safe while going home.

One Direction has grown so much and have become such a big hit all around the globe. The boys are always thanking their fans for all their support and everything that they've done to help them with their career. One Direction will continue to become bigger, especially with their amazing songs and albums, performances, and their dedication to their fans.

Don't be surprised if you lose your voice the next day from screaming out their names and singing their songs. Be sure to take lots of pictures and videos, because you will want to relive your One Direction concert experience forever. One Direction really knows how to give an amazing performance. Look out for Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam, and Zayn, because they are taking the world by storm.

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One Direction was truly one of the best concerts I've been to and I truly mean it. I say it a lot, but I mean it this time. When Zayn announced his departure, I was not sure if One Direction would sound the same without him, but they pulled it off! I saw them at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and the crowd was pumped and ready for the show to begin.

I was standing in the merchandise line while their opening act Icona Pop came on and I watched them from the TV's spread throughout the stadium. Although I missed half of their set, the last few songs were catchy and got me dancing. They delivered a great set and it got me excited for One Direction. Between the two sets, there was about a 20 minute in between.

When it was One Direction's turn to come out on stage, there was a little video that played before the boys came out themselves. Then, smoke comes out from the stage and the boys come out with fireworks coming out from the stage. The arena literally erupts with screaming and they begin their set with their song "Clouds". They had 25 songs in their whole setlist and they were all completely energetic throughout the whole concert. The fans had a project where we held up papers during You and I (it was supposed to be during Fireproof but they didn't have that song on their setlist) that says "Nobody saves me baby the way you do" with a picture of one of the boys with angel wings. My mom and aunt enjoyed the whole concert by the look of it and so were other parents/adults. There were people of all ages at the concert and it seemed that everyone enjoyed it.

One Direction's encore consisted of "You and I", "Act My Age", "Little White Lies" and their last song "Best Song Ever". I was so sad that the concert actually ended because it felt so surreal.

I would recommend going to a One Direction, regardless if you are a die hard fan or not because I am sure you will have a great time. Their singing was great, they kept me and my family entertained, and overall, they're angels. I will never forget this concert and I hope the boys continue to make people this happy.

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One Direction took me to a different world last night! Their huge stage, fun props and great personalities made for an unforgettable night!

Their opening act, 5 Seconds of Summer, were perfect for getting the crowd pumped and ready! Their rock inspired performance was a great way to start the night, it made you want to sing at the top of your lungs and dance till you couldn't dance any longer. After 5 SOS had finished rocking the stage, we jammed out to great music. Even the intermission was a blast and the crowd danced and sang along to the fun, upbeat music!

Up next was the anticipated performance from the boys of 1D! You could feel the energy in the roar of the crowd and couldn't help but join and scream like a little girl! When the boys came on, it was like nothing I've ever experienced, the crowd went wild and you could feel the energy and excitement through your whole body! Even the stadium shook in excitement with us. They came out with a bang, singing a song from their new album, "Midnight Memories". The upbeat, rock felt song was a perfect intoduction to a spectacular show!

I was completely captivated through out the entire performance! There was not a single dull moment. The boys did an excellent job with transitioning from song to song and keeping the crowd pumped. Not only did they keep the crowd engaged in the show but they made it personal by interacting with the crowd by making jokes and talking to us!

I would recomend everyone to go and see One Direction! Fan or not you will enjoy the high energy performance and the fun stage and props! So if you're on the fence about going, go! You won't regret it!

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One direction. They were excellent. Not only them but even the opening act. I haven't been to a stadium concert since green day 2010. One direction was very personal to the crowd "SHOUT OUT TO WILL FOR BEING A GOOD BROTHER!" I remember Harry styles saying. Then he sang Brianna happy birthday. She cried so hard.

I will say a downer is being in the upper stands for seating in the Cardinals arena. It's understandable they can't just come out and sing to our faces but it's unfortunate they don't try. Lol. The fact they really are appreciative of the fans and of the support is what really brings them down to earth. Some might think "no they're be too thankful it's annoying they're doing it for cheers and whatever!" No. They are really thankful. How often do you hear of an X Factor group who didn't even win be known across the globe? At least I don't hear it too often.

These boys whether the know it or not are really good. Good at heart and good at what they do. If I could meet them it would be an honor. I wouldn't cry and scream like most. But I'd take it to heart to know that I met LEGITABLY AWESOME people.

Even if they break up as a singing group they'll be legends. They really rocked it last night and same with 5SOS. I don't even know all their names (EXCELT LUKE! I like luke:) ) but I know their music and it rocks hard. They sound so good live. They make the perfect team, 1D and 5SOS. It was a moment to live for. My first 1D concert and my sister's first concert concert. She's only twelve and she's been dying to see one direction. So thank you ALL for your existence.

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OMG I had the best time at the One Direction concert!!! It was like all my dreams were coming true!!! My experience before the concert started was crazy!!! So I went with my best friend to the concert and we spend like 10 min trying to find out seats because this time we were in the 100's and not the 200's so when we asked the usher where are seats were he said row five, so my friend thought he meant five rows from the top!!! So probably ten minutes before Icona Pop preformed, the usher came to us with two other girls and told us we were in the wrong seats, so we got nervous because we were like "shit we have to move back" and we already thought that we were so close!!! So the usher asked for our tickets and after he read them, he's like "Your seats are down there in row five"!!!! After that me and my friend flipped out and I almost fainted because I love them so much and it was a dream come true to go to this concert!!! My family doesn't have much money so when my friend found out that they were going on tour again, she bought me the tickets for my birthday!!!! So I wouldn't of been there if it wasn't for her!!! Then we made a promise to each other that for the next concert we were going to do whatever it takes to get tickets to the meet and greet and front row tickets!!! So we are going to be holding some fundraiser to help pay for the tickets because I would do anything for a chance to meet Louis Tomlinson!!!! But thank you One Direction for changing my life around!!! I definitely wouldn't be in this place in my life right now if it wasn't for you guys!!! Luv ya!!!

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So this was my fourth time seeing One Direction live and oh it was beautiful. I feel like every time I see them live they get better and better. My seats were right next to the runway and sound booth so I had a perfect view of the whole stage. Since it was outside the acoustics were perfect and you can hear everything even though there were 90,000 something girls screaming their heads off.

Every time the boys played a song you can just feel the floor shake and the bass just vibrate through your body. Surprisingly the boys were very interactive with the audience even though their were so many girls in the crowd freaking out for their attention, me being one of them.Zayn waved at me, then Harry and Liam basically hip thrusted in my direction.

These boys really know how to work the stage they kept running up and down and just were idiots and on top of that their voices were on point. They sound way better live then they do on their own CD. It was honestly the best show I've ever seen a band give.

On top of their amazing voices and hip thrusting they had the coolest graphics and stage design I've ever seen. The stage just looks like a big playground basically. I'm so happy I got to see them again and have such amazing seats because it was one of their best shows. They all had smile on their faces, especially Niall since it was his birthday, you can just tell these boys love what they do.

I can't wait till next year because I'm defiantly am going again. These boys don't disappoint!

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When I heard One Direction's new album Four in November 2014, I knew it would be an amazing album to hear live. I asked for tickets for Christmas and I got them! I was told my seats were amazing but i never saw them until the day of the show. They were the closest I've ever been to my favorite celebrity.

When we got there (my concert was at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) there were a lot of people but we still stood in line to get shirts and stuff. When we were finally down to our field seating to watch the opening act I had a heart attack. We were so close to the stage! We were maybe twenty feet away and I was on the end seat. It made for some great pictures!

The opening act was Icona Pop. I only knew two of the songs but I still enjoyed it and the dancers were fantastic. During the opening act, we all went to the bathroom and made new friends with the people around us.

Finally the concert started. I'd never been more excited in my life. I told myself I wouldn't cry but the second I heard Harry Styles busting out his first note in clouds it was like Niagara Falls. The entire rest of the show was amazing even without Zayn. There were fireworks and lasers and all that jazz. I made eye contact with Louis and Harry a few times and Liam waved to me. When Harry threw his water bottle, we all got splashed. This goes down as the best night of my life so far.

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When I first knew One Direction coming to Singapore for tour, I was super excited for it, but then, for poly students, that week is a exam week, so unfortunately I couldn't buy the ticket. It was damn sad, I even search for the seats and prices. Just one week before the concert, I received an email from spots hub merchandise manager, Erny, that she is giving away 7 pair of free pair One Direction, On The Road Again Tour ticket, as I volunteer for sea games merchandise. I was lucky that I was able to get the free pair of One Direction ticket by replying the Machandise Manger's email ASAP after I received. Though the seat was right at the back($88 seat), being able to be there was already fortunate enough. Though couldn't see them clearly, as we were far back behind from stage, being able to see them from the big screen and listen to their beautiful voice was my biggest joy. Thank you One Direction for coming to Singapore, thank you sports hub for the tickets, I will never regret going to their concert!!! I wish they will be able to come Singapore again, and I will definitely buy the hot seat. :)

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Can I just say OH MY FUXKING GOD! It was probably the best night of my life. I thought I wouldn't enjoy it as much since zayn wasn't there. But I was so wrong! They started the show off with Clouds and when they entered there were fireworks! I was just like. Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis obviously looked bomb af. I really couldn't believe they were right there in front of me. They played some of my favourite songs! Kiss you, Midnight Memories, Little Black Dress, Little White Lies, Through The Dark, Girl Almighty, Steal My Girl, You and I, Act My Age, No Control and ended with Best Song Ever. Along with the songs, they didn't leave any attempt behind of making us laugh and enjoy ourselves. Niall made a new rap about Vancity Chick, Van VanCity Chick hehe. Also Harry made us moan like ughh. OHHHHH YEAHHH And also I can't forget about a sign that said "NIALL HAS MORE FANS THAN NAUGHTY BOY HAS FANS" And Liam read it and said that it made his night. We heard Niall's Classic laugh after reading that sign. All in all it was the best day of my life and I hope they'll come back soon. I love them so much

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My concert in Baltimore was totally awesome! I first got my merch, which was a white t-shirt with the dates on the back, and the program. I next waited for the gates to open, and I think I saw their cars. Someone waved, and their were microphones. I got in and walked up to my section(539). I then got some food and got to my seats. I went with my Aunt, by the way. We ate while waiting, and they played commercials and music videos. Icona Pop came on, and they were really good. We waited some more, and 1D finally came on. My seats were in the stands in front of the stage, so I got a really good view. Niall called us sexy, and a fan baked Harry cookies. They were gone by the end of the show. I sang along to every song, and screamed my heart out. We even made Liam feel better, as he was a bit ill. Liam and Louis had a water fight, the whole show was amazing. It was a bit hectic getting out though, but I was home by 2:00 AM. It was a great show. It was my 2nd concert, the first being TMH in Hershey. I will remember it for years to come!

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Everything You Need To Know About One Direction’s 'Made In The A.M.'

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One Direction have been kind enough to release a new song each day in anticipation of their album release, but soon we can finally listen to Made In The A.M. from front to back.

This album marks the band's fifth and final effort before taking their extended hiatus next year, and their first as a foursome since Zayn Malik left the band in March.

They have promised Directioners time and time again that this is their "best" album yet. Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam have written on nearly every song off the album, which has them showing off their maturity in their lyrics and experimenting with different sounds.

As we inch closer to release day, we want to make sure all you Directioners are fully prepared for what's in store, so here is everything you need to know about Made In The A.M.

They Are 'Proud' Of The Album

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Although Zayn leaving the group made the recording process "different," it actually didn't change the focus of the album, which was to make the "best record we can."

"I think everyone was on the same page," Harry recently said . "We wanted to work really hard on the album and make something that we are proud of, which fortunately, we feel like we have done.”

They Had The 'Perfect' Response To Taylor Swift

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With pretty telling lyrics and a music video that looks like it took a page out of "Style," it's pretty hard to deny that "Perfect" is a response to Taylor Swift's rumored songs about ex Harry Styles. Either way, it's a great song.

It Was A Group Effort

While they wrote with a lot of their regular contributors -- Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, John Ryan -- the boys were very hands on as well with Liam saying it's "the most we’ve ever written together."

They've Got A Power Ballad

While it may be fun to think that "Love You Goodbye" is about Zayn , especially with lyrics like, "It’s impossible to know that after this we can still be friends," it's actually about an ex.

"Just the idea of the song is interesting to me," Louis, who co-wrote the song, said in a video posted by the band. "Everybody has that song after a break-up where you do have to see your ex again, and it's kind of about that."

Louis Is Hitting Those High Notes

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While Harry filled in the high-note void left by Zayn on "Drag Me Down" and "Perfect," Louis has also been stepping up, showing off notes we never knew he could hit on "End Of The Day" and "Love You Goodbye."

They Have A Lot Of 'History' With Their Directioners

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On the hand-clapping, feel-good "History," the band promise it's "not the end" and say it's a song "about the way the fans and everyone have created this massive thing — One Direction."

They Have No Control 2.0

"No Control" was clearly a fan favorite off their last album, Four , and luckily, there is one off their new album that gives us similar vibes, "Temporary Fix." During a fan listening session, the guys played this track, which showed off their more mature side, especially with lyrics implying that they are singing about a one night stand. "You can call me when you’re lonely, when you can’t sleep/ I’ll be your temporary fix, you control me/ even if it’s just tonight, yeah yeah yeah," they sing.

It's Got Some Throwback Influences

The band clearly channeled their musical influences on this album, with the Fleetwood Mac-sounding "What A Feeling" and the Paul Simon-inspired "Walking in the Wind." Harry recently said that the song's influence was Simon's 1986 album Graceland and that it's "cool to be able to have influences that you’ve love for so long. I really like this song… I think it’s a nice one."

All The Girls Named Olivia Are Really Lucky

First they sang about a girl named "Diana," but now girls named "Olivia" get a chance to be the object of 1D's affection. The band recorded this in the famed Abbey Road studios, and reportedly, it has a Beatles type of vibe to it.

It Was Literally Made In The A.M.

There's actually no real deep meaning behind the album title other than that they wrote and recorded most of it during the early morning hours.

"A lot of the time we did it after shows, writing sessions after the shows and it kind of just seems to be the way we've done it now for the last two or three albums," Louis said in a recent radio interview .

It's About One Direction's Personal Experiences

You may learn a thing or two about 1D while listening to this album:

"All these songs are taking everyone's experiences and we're trying to say what we're feeling but also give it a broad enough feel for whatever anyone else is experiencing..." Bunetta told Rolling Stone magazine. There's a lot of love and loss and success and failure crammed into this, and we just had the most fun you can ever have doing it. That's the truth."

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One Direction Made in the AM: Behind the scenes with Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson

EW caught up with Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson prior to the album's release

One Direction’s highly anticipated fifth album, Made in the A.M. , hit retailers everywhere Friday. EW spoke to Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson prior to its release, and along with sharing the soundtracks of their lives , they revealed some intel about what went into putting together their strongest album to date. Below is your behind-the-scenes look at MITAM , the meaning behind some of the most buzzed-about tracks, and why Styles was tweeting so many “Hey Angel” lyrics. (It’s not that deep.)

Ultimately, perception is in the ear of the listener …

Ever since the X Factor video diaries , the boys of One Direction have had their every move, word, facial expression, tweet, and Instagram dissected for hidden meaning — the kind of diligent fanaticism that puts the “ Paul is dead ” conspiracy theory to shame .

So, naturally, it’s no surprise that fans are also keen on interpreting the lyrics and pinning them on a certain person, place, or life event. Or departed band member. Or ex-paramour. Hypothetically, you know?

“People are always going to read into that kind of thing,” Tomlinson previously told EW of the meaning behind “History” and the idea that it might, in part, reference Zayn Malik’s departure. (“Thought we were holding on, thought we were going strong / Aren’t we?”) “But actually, conceptually, ‘History’ is more about the relationship as a whole, you know? As a band. We’ve all been through this together and we’ll never forget it but also we’ve been in this relationship with the fans and that’s … that’s kind of as far as it goes.”

Regarding “Perfect” — co-written by Styles and Tomlinson, among other 1D collaborators — many have noticed that some of the lyrics (particularly “And if you like cameras flashing every time we go out / And if you’re looking for someone to write your breakup songs about”) point to a certain past relationship, but Styles is unruffled by the conclusions he knew listeners would draw. “When you’re writing, you don’t really sit there going, ‘Oh, people are going to speculate about this.’ You’re writing about personal experiences and what you’ve been through, but they’re not necessarily always so literal,” he tells EW. “Love songs can be about a time or a place and you kind of personify it and stick a name on it and then everyone thinks it’s about a certain person but I don’t think it’s always so black-and-white. I do think that the best way to write is honestly. You can write from an observation point of view and you can write a great love song about two people you’re not. I think the fun thing with music is that everyone interprets it differently, and people are going to decide what it means for them.”

… But here’s what the band has to say about the definitive meaning — or lack thereof — behind certain songs on MITAM

Prior to the release of MITAM ‘s track list , Styles tweeted, “Hey Angel. Do you know the reasons why, we look up to the sky?” Once the track list was unveiled, it became clear that he was tweeting lyrics to album opener “Hey Angel,” and he would do so several more times . The song was not written by Styles but by Ed Drewett, John Ryan, and Julian Bunetta, so we were curious as to why he was tweeting that song in particular. Does it have any special meaning? “We felt like it was a good way to open [the album], so I think I kinda felt like I would open talking about the album by going with that one,” Styles says. “That’s kind of it, really, and I like the lyrics. I think it’s a cool song.”

Meanwhile, “Love You Goodbye” is a “romance-y but not romance-y” power ballad written by Tomlinson with Bunetta and Jacob Kasher. It’s the song Tomlinson is most proud of on MITAM , as he previously told EW , and it’s about “when you come to the end of a relationship and you always find yourself seeing that person one last time. It’s that moment,” he said, pausing, adding with a laugh: “If you can read between the lines.”

“I Want to Write You a Song,” written by Ammar Malik, Ryan, and Bunetta, is one which Payne told EW he wishes he had written himself. “I’ve always tried to write that song for a special person but you never quite get up to your own expectations, [because] you want it to be your best piece of work ever,” he said. “That song’s actually about the moment you try to write someone a song and not knowing what the hell to write about. I love that. Made me feel like, ‘Damn, I wish I was there when that happened.’ “ He also said that the inspiration behind “What a Feeling” was more instrumental than based on any specific experience. “That was a big one that me and Louis sat and wrote together,” Payne said. “It just kinda came together. It was inspired by a Fleetwood Mac[-esque] sound. It’s just a nice driving jam — imagine driving down the coast.”

And as Tomlinson said, “History” is about the fans. Payne elaborated that the track , “more than anything … is about the way the fans and everyone have created this massive thing — One Direction — over the past five years. Out of [‘History’] comes a little bit of closure for this chapter of One Direction.”

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“Temporary Fix,” written by Horan along with Tom Branes, Ben Kohn, Peter Kelleher and Wayne Hector, was brought into the studio because “we felt like we were missing that kind of song on the album as we were writing. We had ballads, we had mid-tempos, and we were missing something like ‘Little Black Dress,’ that kind of rock song,” Horan tells EW of the track for which he also holds a guitar credit in the production notes. “So I decided on a couple of riffs that I had recorded on my phone that I had played on the guitar and I brought them into the studio.” Beyond that? “No special meaning.”

Horan also shared the process behind “Never Enough”: “It was kind of a new sound that we had never tried before and I had never really written in that sound, either. … It’s very different. I was happy with the way we had written it, and the way we came about it. We were just on the piano one night in Julian’s house, and we were sitting around and having a couple of beers and then it just kinda popped up on the piano and it’s now played by trumpets. So, when things like that happen, you feel proud.”

With one member down, Styles says that recording the album wasn’t necessarily made more difficult — Malik had left before production had begun, “so, there wasn’t anything that was scrapped.” And when it comes to deciding who sings what, “In the early days, we would all sing everything and just see what sounded best. Now, I think when you’re writing things you can kind of tell — in terms of the dynamic of the whole song — who’s going to sing on which bits.”

Since the band is not touring on this album, we asked Payne which song he would most like to perform live from MITAM , other than “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect,” which were added into the setlist on the latter dates for the band’s On the Road Again tour. ” ‘Love You Goodbye,’ I think, would be amazing live. Good, good tune,” he says. Payne didn’t write on the song — though he does have a producer credit — because he says he “actually wrote a rap song instead.” That day, they had broken up into two groups, and, “We were meant to write for 1D but then halfway through we had this massive rap session instead,” he says, laughing.

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Matching Up One Direction’s Made in the A.M. With Its Classic-Rock Counterparts

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Today marks the release of Made in the A.M. , One Direction ’ s fifth studio album in as many years, and their first since the departure of founding member and certified honey Zayn Malik in March. Made in the A.M. is also significant because it boasts the greatest percentage of self-penned songs of any of 1D ’ s albums yet; Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson have writing credits on a combined 14 of the 17 tracks, proving their potential staying power as not just crooner heartthrobs, but pop songwriters as well.

This evolution hasn ’ t happened overnight. Over the past two years, 1D has slowly established a pattern of picking up inspiration from rock history, and positioning a modern hit-making filter atop these influences before packing them up and releasing them each November like clockwork. Before the release of their third album, 2013 ’ s Midnight Memories , One Direction ’ s sound was difficult to define. They were a pop act, of course, but since forming at the hands of Simon Cowell on The X Factor in 2010, they spent a few years adhering to Top 40’s “ genre spaghetti ” approach: throwing everything at the wall and seeing what would stick.

Songs on their 2011 debut, Up All Night , veered wildly from the pop perfection of “One Thing” to an unsettling banger in the form of “Stole My Heart.” As Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn (miss you) evolved out of their bow ties and braces around the time of 2012 ’ s Take Me Home , their sound grew up with them, via Ed Sheeran’s sensitive ballads (“Little Things,” “Over Again”) and the slightly edgy “Rock Me.” But like the visual signs of maturity we would watch the group go through, 1D’s sound experienced an awkward, pimply stage before suddenly sprouting chest hair on 2013’s Midnight Memories. The pop record’s best moments were its songs rooted in ’70s and ’80s rock and folk, though others would give that title to the sexual innuendo that kept both smirking teens (and growns; hi!) and their parental chaperones interested during 1D’s subsequent world tour. With its opening riff that pays homage to (or rips off, depending on whom you ’ re asking ) The Who’s “ Baba O ’ Reilly,” lead single “ Best Song Ever ” showed out the gate that Midnight Memories marked a new, Rolling Stone –reading chapter of the band; “Does He Know” backed up the claim with its uncanny resemblance to Rick Springfield ’ s “ Jessie ’ s Girl.” From there, they were ready to go hard on the ’70s and ’80s rock influences, leaning heavily on anthemic sounds to suit the worldwide stadium tours ahead. Four , released almost exactly a year ago, drew from the back catalogs of Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Tears for Fears, Paul Simon, and the Eagles (Niall ’ s beloved favorite band) to great effect. (The band also had writing credits on 13 of Four ’ s 16 tracks. )

Like many boy bands and reality singing competition winners, One Direction have always struggled to establish cred as a legitimate act with songwriting chops. They didn ’ t sweat and struggle for years, they didn ’ t play gigs in grimy clubs with nothing but their conviction, so how can they have anything to write about? How quick we are to forget that those boys on The X Factor , as young as they were, were not blank slates, as evidenced by their disparate audition song choices: Liam chose the jazz ballad “Cry Me A River”; Harry went for Stevie Wonder ’ s “Isn ’ t She Lovely”; Louis picked the zeitgeist-y “Hey There Delilah”; Niall performed Ne-Yo ’ s “ So Sick .” (In an indication of what we ’ d come to know as his genre preference, Zayn sang Mario ’ s heartfelt R&B hit “Let Me Love You.”) They were sponges for music then, and as the years have gone on, they ’ ve continued to absorb inspiration from eras past; taking them, twisting them, shaping them into something new. Made in the A.M. is the ultimate expression of this aspect of One Direction. With one member gone and an obligation-free year ahead  (their first in five years , I can ’ t stress that fact enough), they ’ ve stuck a flag in the sand that heralds what their sensibilities are now — and unsurprisingly, they owe a lot to the past. With that in mind, here are the key classic rock (and more) callbacks across Made in the A.M. ’ s standout tracks.

The Verve’s “ Bittersweet Symphony” + Robbie Williams’s “Millennium” = “Hey Angel ” An early mentor and supporter of One Direction while they were just tadpoles in the X Factor pool, Robbie Williams is honored, via his 1998 anthem, in the soaring chorus of “Hey Angel.” There’s only one place that drum beat came from, though, and it’s geographically the same place as half of 1D: the Northwest of England, home of The Verve, and the Tomlinson and Styles families.

The Beatles’ “ A Day in the Life” + Wings’s “Band on the Run” = “End of the Day ” The first of Made in the A.M. ’s two homages to Sgt. Pepper ’s Lonely Hearts Club Band , “End of the Day” borrows its at-times-disorienting verse/chorus change straight from the Paul McCartney playbook. Also, I’m not saying it will be (even though, in some ways, in my heart of hearts, I hope maybe it is?), but if this album were to be One Direction’s last, I’d feel comforted to say goodbye with this stellar standout.

Elton John’s “ Your Song” = “If I Could Fly” Elton might have set the benchmark, but this slow-burning piano ballad is a slick and contemporary upgrade in the genre of “stoic man tries to outrun his emotionally stunted British-ness by expressing how difficult he finds it to express himself.”

Oasis’s “Don ’ t Look Back in Anger” + Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” = “Long Way Down” Earlier this year, One Direction’s then-stylist Caroline Watson told me  that Northern England bands like Oasis and the Stone Roses played a significant role in the way she dressed Louis, and it seems those Britpop legends inspired more than just his look. While I doubt Train will mind me comparing the bridge of “Long Way Down” to their inescapable ode to the best soy latte that you ever had, Noel Gallagher might have a few words to say about the other comparison suggested here. Although, he did go on the record as saying, “Who gives a shit what fucking One Direction do?” so maybe we’re chill.

Blue Swede ’ s “ Hooked on a Feeling ” + Queen and Bowie ’ s “ Under Pressure ” = “ Never Enough ” There’s little doubt in my mind that co-writer Niall penned this song’s finger-snapping, grunting intro after hearing the Blue Swede classic in Guardians of the Galaxy . (Either that, or he’s a late-stage Ally McBeal fan.) Meanwhile, the repetition of “too much, never enough” in the breakdown, along with Liam’s falsetto screams of “Come Owwwn!” peppered throughout, feel like they’ve been pulled direct from Freddie Mercury’s stores of glam-rock confidence.

The Beatles ’ “ With a Little Help from My Friends ” + “ Pure Imagination ” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory = “ Olivia ” Harry, who wrote this incredible and inevitable earworm, insisted in videos played during Made in the A.M. listening events, that “Olivia” is more a concept than a person; essentially short-hand for a place or person you feel compelled to return to. He might deny a human inspiration, but there’s no doubt about its lyrical origins in Willy Wonka (pre–nightmare trip boat ride) and musical inspiration in the Sgt. Pepper ’ s classic.

Fleetwood Mac’s “Little Lies” and “Dreams” = “What a Feeling” It’s actually unbelievable that Harry didn’t have a writing credit on this Fleetwood Mac–inspired track, considering his well-documented love for the band and alleged pen-pal friendship with Mick Fleetwood. Maybe the song was his band members’ gift to him, like a homemade cake was his gift to Stevie Nicks on her birthday (really) (Harry, never change).

Boston ’ s “ More Than a Feeling ” + Bryan Adams ’ s “ (Everything I Do) I Do It For You ” = “Love You Goodbye ” It’s a genuine shame the band won’t tour this album, because this is a track that seems destined and written specifically for that stunning shift from tender, whispered sensitivity to belting balladry — a move One Direction has perfected in their massive stadium shows. You can just see the inevitable dancing spotlights as those first cymbal crashes roll in.

The Strokes ’ “ Someday ” + Kings of Leon ’ s “ Sex on Fire ” = “Temporary Fix ” Last year it was “No Control,” while this year the One Direction thirst trap is called “Temporary Fix.” It might be a little more subtle, lyrically, than “Sex on Fire” (which, according to Niall, was its direct influence), but there’s no mistaking what that little Irish horndog is saying when he writes about waking up in his T-shirt, climbing over backseats and, wanting to “touch you where your heart is.”

Paul Simon’s “ You Can Call Me Al” = “Walking in the Wind” Harry’s been pretty vocal  about this track being an adoring ode to Graceland . I’m just putting this idea into the universe: Should 1D make a fourth appearance on Saturday Night Live , Lorne Michaels would be missing a real delightful opportunity by not asking his BFF Paul to perform a duet with 1D, à la last year’s Ronnie Wood cameo .

Billy Joel ’ s “ The Longest Time ” + Queen ’ s “ Crazy Little Thing Called Love ” = “ Wolves ” Even when Liam assumed the role of dependable vocalist, carrying nearly every song on One Direction’s early records, and Zayn was wheeled out to perform every round of vocal acrobatics, the band’s bread-and-butter was in their five-piece harmonies. Now down to four, they’re still committed to offering up a serving of sensitive masculinity with a side of doo-wop harmonizing (replete with “oohs” and finger snaps).

Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road” + Coldplay’s “The Scientist” = “A.M.” Bruce might’ve been counting down the hours ’til he and Mary could pull out of this town full of losers, but on this bonus track, all four of the 1D boys are promising to return someday. This isn’t the first time they’ve drawn from Chris Martin’s back catalog, either, but they’re significantly more confident, skilled, and well-dressed than they were the last time .

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Made in the A.M. is the fifth studio album by One Direction . Their first album without Zayn Malik , it was released worldwide on November 13, 2015. Made in the A.M. was the sixth best-selling album of 2015, with 2.4 million copies sold worldwide. In April 2016, the RIAA announced the album had gone platinum. It is the first One Direction album not to reach #1 on the Billboard 200, peaking at #2. It is their last album before they went on “indefinite hiatus” in the beginning of 2016.

  • 1 Background
  • 2 Track-by-Track Review
  • 3 Promotion
  • 5 Commercial Performance
  • 6 Tracklist
  • 7.1 Weekly Charts
  • 7.2 Monthly Charts
  • 7.3 Year - End Charts
  • 8 Additional Credits
  • 9 References

Production on the album began in late 2014 and was completed by July 2015. The members of One Direction began officially writing for the album in April 2015 while on a two month break from their On the Road Again Tour . Writing continued as the tour did, with the band giving occasional updates and previews of new songs during concerts. In various interviews, Liam stated the album would sound similar to the works of Ed Sheeran and Oasis [1] , while Niall compared it to Fleetwood Mac [2] . Harry said of the album “It carries a slightly new identity, but I think it’s an obvious change from [ Four ] in a positive way. We’ve branched out and worked with different writers, and we’ve got some great songs!” [3] Songwriter Julian Bunetta discussed what types of songs feature on the album, stating "there are songs about love, there’s a song that is a little more sexually charged. It’s all over the map." [4]

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On August 4, 2015, One Direction performed " Drag Me Down " for the first time at Good Morning America . The band also added Drag Me Down to the On The Road Again Tour setlist and performed it live at the Apple Music Festival on September 22, 2015. A tour performance of the song was professionally filmed and aired on The X Factor Australia on October 5, 2015. The album's second single " Perfect " was released on October 16, 2015 and was added to the On the Road Again Tour setlist the same day. Numerous promotional interviews with various media outlets took place before concerts during the final month of the tour.

The Made In The A.M promo schedule was as follows:

  • North America First Listen Sessions.
  • " History " released onto iTunes and Spotify.
  • Fabulous Magazine article.
  • " End of the Day " released.
  • " Love You Goodbye " released.
  • " What a Feeling " released.
  • Album premiere live on SiriusXM Hits radio station.
  • BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance.
  • Royal Variety Live Performance.
  • Worldwide release of Made in the A.M.
  • Twitter emoji competition.
  • The London Session .
  • X Factor performance of " Perfect ".
  • Good Morning America livestream concert.
  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show interview and outdoor concert.
  • Ryan Seacrest interview (Niall and Liam only, Harry and Louis did not attend)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live interview and outdoor concert.
  • Johanathan Ross interview. (Performance: " Drag Me Down ", " Perfect ")
  • American Music Awards (Performance: " Perfect ". Awards: Best Group/Artist Of The Year)
  • Press conference upon arrival to Mexico.
  • Premios Telehit Awards. (Performance: " Drag Me Down ", " Perfect ", " Little Things ", " A.M. ", " Infinity ", " Story of My Life ". Awards: Best Video (Drag Me Down), Best Boyband, Artist Of The Year).
  • Jingle Ball - Dallas, Texas.
  • Triple Ho Show - San Jose, CA
  • The Late Late Show With James Corden interview. (Performance: " History ")
  • Jingle Ball - Los Angeles, CA
  • BBC Music Awards (Performance: " Drag Me Down ")
  • Alan Carr: Chatty Man interview. (Performance: " History ")
  • The X Factor Grand Final. (Performance: " Infinity " and " History ")
  • The Late Late Show With James Corden 's Carpool Karaoke session airs.
  • BBC Radio 1 Christmas Day Playlists
  • Alan Carr: Chatty Man Christmas performance (pre-recorded)
  • Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve performance (pre-recorded)
  • Sony Facebook promotion: What Does Made In The A.M Mean To You?
  • " History " music video premiere

On July 31, 2015, One Direction surprise released the first single from Made in the A.M., " Drag Me Down ". The single was hugely successful, reaching #1 on iTunes in 90 countries, breaking Spotify streaming records and scoring the band a #1 single in 13 countries. The music video was directed by Ben and Gabe Turner and filmed on location at NASA HQ in Texas.

On September 22, 2015, One Direction made the track " Infinity " available to download with every pre-order. It reached #1 on iTunes in 75 countries.

On October 9, 2015, after Apple Music accidentally confirmed the news early on Twitter, Liam and Harry announced the next single from Made in the A.M would be " Perfect ". It was released on October 16, 2015 and went to #1 on iTunes in 50 countries. The music video was directed by Sophie Muller and filmed in New York City in September 2015.

On October 21, 2015, an EP was released onto Spotify in various countries. The EP contained a new, previously unheard song called " Home ". Louis tweeted lyrics from the song shortly after fans began discovering the new release. The EP also featured an acoustic version of Perfect and a Liam Payne remix of Drag Me Down. Within the next 24 hours, the EP was released onto iTunes and Home reached #1.

On November 6, 2015, album track " History " was the first of four tracks to be officially released to iTunes and Spotify. The second was " End Of The Day " on November 9. " Love You Goodbye " was released on November 10 and " What A Feeling " on November 11.

On November 25, Liam initially confirmed on Twitter that " Infinity " was officially the third single. However, on December 14, the official One Direction twitter announced the third single had been changed to " History ", instead. The music video for History was released without warning on January 26, 2016. Based on Harry's tattoos, the video was shot before the announcement of the third single change from Infinity to History.

Commercial Performance

Upon worldwide release, Made in the A.M. reached #1 on iTunes in 32 countries.

The album debuted at #1 in the United Kingdom , Ireland , Belgium , Scotland and Italy. It debuted in the top 5 in most other countries. It was the fastest selling album of 2015 in the UK. The band all thanked fans on Twitter for the success. Spotify announced One Direction had broken the record for most global streams, previously held by The Weeknd, after Made In The A.M. acquired 106 million streams in its first week of release.

In December 2015, it was announced Made in the A.M. had been certified gold in the USA, making it the first album by a United Kingdom band since One Direction's own album Four to do so.

In January 2016, the British Phonographic Industry announced Made in the A.M. had gone platinum in the UK and in April 2016, the RIAA announced the album had also gone platinum in the United States. In December 2016, it was announced Made in the A.M. had been certified double platinum in Poland after selling 40,000 copies [5] .

The Made in the A.M. tracklist was announced by One Direction via their official Snapchat on October 10 and 11, 2015. Each band member took turns announcing different song titles.

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It's happening: One Direction's fifth (and final album before they take a break) is coming out Nov. 13, according to Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam.

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It’s happening: One Direction ‘s fifth (and final album before they take a break) is coming this fall, according to Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam.

In a 15-second video uploaded to their Twitter account, 1D revealed Made In the A.M. is currently available for pre-order ahead of its Nov. 13 release date. Even better, a new 1D song — the first new song from Made In the A.M. since “Drag Me Down,” which hit No. 3 on the Hot 100  — will be available today. 

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“As a little treat, can you can download album track ‘Infinity’ instantly,” Harry Styles says in the video (which also features father-to-be Louis Tomlinson rocking a Warped Tour shirt). 

The guys have an exciting announcement for you… https://t.co/J2IdOIJSYD — One Direction (@onedirection) September 22, 2015

After their 2015 album, the remaining four members of 1D will take a “well earned break at some point next year,” but are not “splitting up,” according to Niall Horan . It’s currently unknown if 1D will tour behind Made In the A.M.,  but a world tour seems unlikely under the circumstances. Their current tour wraps in October. 

2016 could see a different Direction-related bit of music, though — former member Zayn Malik is currently working with Frank Ocean’s creative partner Malay on studio material that the songwriter-producer says is “pure genius.” Malik is signed to RCA as a solo artist. 

Update: The band’s tune “Infinity” is now on Spotify. Listen below.

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One Direction: Made in the AM review – a playful but reflective goodbye (for now)


Sure, they had a good run. Incessant fan selfies and tabloid hysteria aside, One Direction managed to pump a huge amount of money into Simon Cowell’s SyCo empire in the five years they spent as the UK’s biggest boyband. Minus Zayn Malik, they bid us farewell, for now , on this album of slick-sounding pop destined for sentimental GCSE results-day montages and other occasions involving both teens and tears. Produced mostly by Julian Bunetta and John Ryan (Olly Murs, Fifth Harmony), Made in the AM commits to a playful but reflective mood, with more ballads than usual. Slow jams Infinity and If I Could Fly land somewhere near downtempo Coldplay, while Long Way Down may remind anyone born before 1998 of Train’s Drops of Jupiter. The four lads were never going to bow out with experimental jazz-fusion, and this fifth LP sees them sweep between imitation indie and synthpop on stadium-ready and sweetly vacuous form. It’s just what you’d imagine their mourning fans need.

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One Direction Sets the Record Straight On Whether ​*Made in the A.M.*​ Stands For "After Malik"

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As November 13th — aka the release date for One Direction's fifth album, Made in the A.M. — looms ever closer, we've been hit with a wave of nostalgia...have you? It's so tempting to look back and see how far our boys have come, because we've literally seen them grow up from gawky teenagers to men before our eyes.

Harry, Liam, Niall, and Louis know this, and they want to reminisce with you, too. The official site for their new album offers fans an interactive experience through a communal living space (maybe it's their shared apartment?), and it's full of nostalgia and clues about the new album. The red telephone box that was on their first album cover is there in its full glory, as are cute little videos and behind-the-scenes photos from the boys. There's even this video, which speeds through their growth as friends, artists, and people...look how young they were!

But one of the best clues? Niall explaining the name of the album, which they wrote in bits and pieces at night and in the early hours of the (you guessed it) A.M.

Some fans had pointed out that "A.M." could stand for "after Malik," but Niall's heartfelt explanation is so much better. He filmed this bit at the same time as the "Perfect" music video, but hearing the way he explains the process of actually being in the studio to work on songs is proof that our boys have all grown up.

The room will update every day with more clues so add it to your bookmark tabs now — or just refresh obsessively, like we're going to do all night long.

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13 swansongs to end a phenomenal chapter in the One Direction story.

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Brace yourselves because it's nearly time: One Direction's fifth (and final for some time) album is nearly upon us.

Created in the wake of Zayn Malik's departure earlier this year, Made In The AM also comes before they head in four different directions as part of an extended break from the group in March 2016.

But that doesn't mean the band have been lazy, and their latest collection proves they have continued to push their style in unexpected ways. Here's our track-by-track first listen review.

1. 'Hey Angel'

Within the first 15 seconds of One Direction's new album starting, 'Hey Angel' takes you hurtling into the clouds to confront the titular winged cherub herself. It's an expansive, airy anthem that brings to mind partly Robbie Williams's 'Millennium' (plenty of heavenly "ooohs") and partly a surging chorus U2 would've snagged in their heyday. It's so massive they should probably book in another stadium tour off the back of this alone.

2. 'Drag Me Down'

We've had plenty of time to let this UK chart-topper properly sink into our heads, and those Police-style riffs don't get any less infectious. In terms of its placing on the album, it brings you down from the high that is 'Hey Angel' without losing any of the euphoria. It's effortlessly stylish and its colossal build-up packs enough energy to power the music video's 1D rocket into space.

3. 'Perfect'

Harry Styles took on co-writing duties for this scintillating slice of '80s pop, which serves as a delicious retort to Taylor Swift's 'Style' (which was obviously about their relationship). "And if you like cameras flashing every time we out/ And if you're looking for someone to write your breakup songs about/ Baby, I'm perfect/ Baby, we're perfect," they sing over the polished-up production, making it one of their slickest hits.

4. 'Infinity'

One Direction have developed a knack for an arena-ready serenade in recent years, but 'Infinity' feels like their biggest yet. It slowly builds, with their lyrics of heartbreak boosted by echoed Coldplay-esque chord progressions, before exploding into a finale that twinkles brighter than the Orion Nebula. Not much can reach the dizzying heights of 1D's popularity, but this comes impressively close.

5. 'End of the Day'

Young love is never easy, especially when it feels like the whole world has something to say about it. "The priest thinks it's the devil, my mum thinks it's the flu," the boys sing of their lovesick woes before proclaiming: "You're the one that I want at the end of the day." The chorus is the closest we've heard 1D tread towards Beatles territory (aside from the obvious comparisons about the worldwide hysteria they cause), and Louis Tomlinson pulls off a great vocal performance.

6. 'If I Could Fly'

Get the box of tissues ready, because this is potentially One Direction's most tender ballad ever. Yep, even more emotional than 'Little Things'. It's a piano-led slow number that hears them let their guard down ("for your eyes only, I'll show you my heart"). It's no secret that the guys have been through a few ups and downs in their private relationships in recent years, and here Louis delivers the most poignant line ("I've got scars even though they can't always be seen").

7. 'Long Way Down'

One Direction replicate the sound they achieved on last year's Four here with its silky, '70s-style harmonies and dreamy mid-tempo refrain. "We had it all, and we walked away," they reflect, speaking to a former flame. "We built it up so high and now I'm falling, it's a long way down." It's the band's melancholic moment and it'll leave you wondering just who they're struggling to forgive.

8. 'Never Enough'

Who'd have thought Niall Horan would be responsible for one of One Direction's most brilliantly bizarre tracks ever. There are barbershop quartet harmonies, gutsy grunts powerful enough to put the All Blacks' Haka in its place, flourishes of tropical brass, and Liam doing some truly maniacal ad-libs. It doesn't sound like it should work on paper, but somehow it all comes together with a crazy-in-love lyric to be an album highlight.

9. 'Olivia'

Liam Payne is so excited about the new One Direction album that he actually leaked a little bit of 'Olivia' last month. Its '60s bounce is unavoidably charming, bringing together the vivacity of the Beach Boys and the suaveness of The Beatles. Amongst the luscious harmonies and jolly production is an unintentional Leona Lewis reference ("This isn't the stain of a red wine, I'm bleeding love") and an intentional nod to Charlie And The Chocolate Factory .

10. 'What a Feeling'

All aboard the 1D TARDIS because we jump ahead two decades to the '80s for next track 'What a Feeling'. No, it's not a cover of Lionel Richie, but rather owes a debt to Phil Collins. It has a slinky groove, shimmering electronics and a whimsical lilt that never feels too overblown. Again, it's something we'd never really expect to hear on a One Direction album, but we should all know by now that they like to keep us on our toes.

11. 'Love You, Goodbye'

Grab some stools, this is a classic boyband number - and one that would've slotted nicely on either of One Direction's first two albums. "If tomorrow you won't be mine, won't you give it to me one last time," they ask, left distraught on the wrong side of a failed relationship - and the sentiment packs a harder punch over the rousing backdrop.

12. 'I Want to Write You a Song'

The production here is as simple as its concept. Light pen scribbles can be heard over the gentle guitar plucks, soothing "oohs" and pleasant vocal delivery. It's the album's quietest and sweetest moment, but in being so allows the guys' individual tones space to breathe.

13. 'History'

Get ready to clap along, because Made In The AM 's finale is a big ole campfire singalong. But if you listen carefully, it's also a very telling swansong. "All of the rumours, all of the fights, but we always find a way to make it out alive," they sing, hinting that the relationship they're referring to is actually the bond they share as a band. Fans will rejoice, then, when Louis forcefully delivers the line: "This is not the end."

20 million albums, countless number ones and 325 headline shows later, One Direction have achieved what no X Factor group probably will ever again. Made In The AM rounds off a phenomenal chapter in their career, bringing together the pop, rock and folky influences that helped them go from teenage upstarts to a billion dollar industry.

If it's their last ever album, then they go out on a high. But at the same time, if this is just a goodbye until a few years' time, then Made In The AM is a mature record that leaves them in a place they can revisit when the moment feels right. For a group limited by the perception that they are just "boyband pop", their music has become as accomplished as their shining achievements.

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One Direction’s ‘Made In The A.M.’: Album Review

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You have to feel for hardcore One Direction fans. When Zayn Malik announced his departure from the group in March, the writing was on the wall for the end of 1D’s replicant-like lifespan. And then, when the gang dropped the boy band, paint-by-numbers “late night” track “Drag Me Down” in June from their impending fifth studio album Made in the A.M. , the hammer finally dropped: Following the album’s release, the group would be taking an indefinite hiatus to pursue solo projects. And so, after five albums, five years, five mid-November release dates, the ride, for all intents and purposes, is over. One Direction’s precision (and also insane) production schedule speaks to the pop factory philosophy of Simon Cowell ’s Syco record label. 1D fans have expected, like clockwork, one album from the reigning boy band kings of the 2010s every twelve months, and now they have to quit cold turkey, without even a world tour to keep them warm at night. Woof, that’s rough.

But even while the album isn’t a huge jump in quality like the modern rock of 2014’s Four was, Made in the A.M. (released November 13 ) isn’t a phoned-in victory lap. It’s an album that sounds like another day at the office for the group’s remaining members, replete with ballads, soaring pop styles, an a cappella vocal group experiment, the aforementioned intense, late night “dark track,” and, thank god, a subtweet-level dig at Taylor Swift courtesy of ex Harry Styles . The lads are as sincere and focused as ever, without any overt acknowledgement that this is the end of an era, even though they explicitly said that the record would contain such a thing in the press outings before the album’s release. Instead, the tracklist on Made in the A.M. is tinged with the impression that this album is a bit of a time capsule, occasionally colored with the extremely faint hint of instant nostalgia, that quietly says to the group’s fans: “Remember us like this.” For a manufactured pop group that is still closely handled and managed on every single damn level, that’s about as close as we are going to get to self-reflection.

The boys are still running through a gauntlet of tween-approved romantic scenarios that have been explored at length on previous albums, like the fawning admiration of the stratospheric album opener “Hey Angel,” or the infectious infatuation of the tumbling, Glee -like ’80s jam “Never Enough” and finally the stadium ready — and Coldplay piano-cribbing — broken heart paen of “Infinity.” And that’s not a problem! One Direction, even if they’ve churned out songs like this before, are still really good at churning out songs like this. It feels a little noble, actually, that they are just sticking to their guns on what is probably their last album as a group for a long time, and banking on the same tropes that have won them millions of fans. The real world has never intruded on the group’s music, and it sure as hell won’t happen now.

The album’s most interesting moment comes, of course, on “Perfect,” the single that was coyly suggested by Harry Styles (as if there was any other way to suggest it) to be about his relationship with Taylor Swift. It’s a song that compositionally sounds a lot like Swift’s own “Style” which was about guess who, and basically posits this thesis from Styles himself: If you want a brooding bad boy who treats you like crap for a fling, not a boyfriend, I’m your man. That’s about as edgy as the group has ever gotten, and it could possibly be a nod to the kind of persona Styles himself wants to set up in his solo work.

And while, yes, the orchestral, lighters-up drama of “Love You Goodbye” and the Wings -era Paul McCartney  feel of “History” do close out the album with a feeling of finality and closure, both are still framed in the context of dissolved relationships, like so many songs they’ve made before. Could they be interpreted as a goodbye to fans? Probably! But it’s One Direction. It’s about a girl. It was always about a girl.

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One Direction New Album 'Made in the AM': Release Date, Pre-Order Options and New Single

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The fifth and final studio album from One Direction, Made In The A.M ., is scheduled to drop Nov. 13, MTV reports. And as a parting gift to diehard followers, 1D is throwing fans a bone ahead of the album's release date. 

As of Tuesday, Made In The A.M.  is available for pre-order from iTunes, Harry Styles announced via Twitter .

As an added bonus, 1D fans who preorder the album will be able to download the album's single "Infinity" on iTunes. "As a little treat, can you can download album track 'Infinity' instantly," Styles said in a Twitter video. "Infinity" also became available for streaming on Spotify shortly after Styles posted to Twitter. The band is currently deep into their sold-out  On The Road Again  tour. 

The track is the second to surface from  Made In The A.M.  after the album's first single, "Drag Me Down," which the band released July 31 . The song quickly made its way to No. 3 on the Hot 100, according to   Billboard . 

"Drag Me Down" was the first track One Direction recorded without Zayn Malik,  EW reports, after Malik exited the group in March. In July, Malik took to Twitter to announce he had signed as a soloist to RCA records.

The remaining members of 1D — Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan — are expected to disband in March of next year for an "extended hiatus" of at least 12 months, according to Mirror . The reason for the hiatus, which is destroying the lives of preteens everywhere, is reportedly to focus on solo work,  Mirror   reports. 

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This May Be 1D's Greatest Album Ever

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The One Direction madness will soon come to a close, if not a very drawn out pause. On Friday, their newest album Made in the A.M. was released, and with it comes the end of an era. This year the band will finally lay down the microphones and take a break. This year, they have already lost a member to his solo career, finished a tour, and rebranded. Not to mention, Harry Styles had to deal with all the Taylor Swift questioning and rumors. Suffice to say, this break the band is headed for is much needed and much deserved. However, we couldn't let them go without breaking down every One Direction song on Made In The AM from best to worst .

Now, this task was fairly hard, considering this album is one of the band's best works to date. You can definitely hear the evolution in their music from that of teen boys with fleeting issues to music by young men with real problems. Of course they managed to throw a few pop ballads and dance hits in along the way, but this album marks a new sound for them. While both One Direction and Justin Bieber, whose album dropped today as well, have been critiqued for releasing their saddest albums to date , that vulnerability goes to show a level of awareness and growth in the artists. This album is a classic, and soon, One Direction will be too.

1. "Drag Me Down"

This isn't just one of my favorite songs on this album, it's one of my favorite songs ever. Something about the lyric, "I've got a river for a soul," is just so darn good. The boys were right to release this as the first single, because it definitely sets you up for the masterpiece that is this album.

2. "Temporary Fix"

This track sounds completely different from the One Direction we've come to know. A fun dance anthem with a sweet message is just what the fans needed to hear.

3. "Perfect"

Aptly titled, this song is exactly that. It makes sense why people are inferring this song is about Taylor Swift, since it's basically like the sequel to "Style" lyrically. Secret rendezvous and doing things "we shouldn't do" — sound familiar?

4. "I Want to Write You A Song"

Sweet guitar ballad for the win! Nothing is cuter than hearing a soft anthem about getting to wear your boyfriend's coat while he calls you his "everything." Doesn't get much better than that!

5. "End of the Day"

This one pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the very last note. The direction is unclear throughout the entire song, but every line is so good that it's beyond easy to go along for the ride. Best Lyric: "All I know at the end of the day is you want what you want and you say what you say, and you follow your heart even though it could break."

6. "Infinity"

"I'm one step closer to being two steps far from you." Who hasn't been there before? This is not so much a broken-heart song, but a song of unrequited love, and it's beautiful.

7. "Never Enough"

At first I thought I had accidentally turned on the Tarzan soundtrack. Don't get me wrong, it's a great song, but it was a slightly different sound than the rest of the album. With its loud grunts and trumpet choruses, it's more of an anthem for men everywhere then it is a love song.

8. "History"

At some parts they sound like a live gospel choir crooning to the tune of lost love. Great song to cry to alone in your bedroom with a ton of ice cream.

9. "Love You Goodbye"

The boys got a little PG-13 in this anthem about breaking up with someone, but having them "stay one more night" to truly "love them goodbye"... if you know what they mean.

10. "A.M."

I have always loved listening to the title track from different albums; they are always the pieces that finally fit the whole album together, and Made In The AM's did not disappoint. This album is the perfect way for 1D to end their journey together and give one last strong performance to their fans.

11. "Olivia"

No one may know who Olivia is, but that girl sure is loved. The cute fade from the word "love" into the name "Olivia" gets me every. single. time.

12. "Walking In The Wind"

Before you listen to this song, get in your car, roll the windows all the way down, and drive anywhere. This is the perfect anthem for a road trip, but it's also romantic enough for a wedding dance, if you're so inclined.

13. "Wolves"

The group really showcases their strong vocals in this song. The lyrics may not be the most inspiring ever written, but it's definitely a great dance track.

14. "What A Feeling"

This song is really smooth, and almost has a beautiful jazz feel to it. The track proves that these guys have really evolved as people and artists since their first album. Gone are the boys that once defined what makes us beautiful, and here are the men who are teaching the world how to love.

15. "Long Way Down"

This one seems to prepare us for the break they are about to take. The lyric "It's a long way down" reminds me of the long journey they have had to take to get to where they are now, making this song a beautiful tribute to the band and to their fans.

16. "If I Could Fly"

No one can resist a soft piano ballad about returning home to the love of your life, and One Direction knows just how to pull those heart strings. They do it so well.

17. "Hey Angel"

"Hey Angel" is the first song of the album, and while it's not the best one, it certainly gets the job done. The song opens you up beautifully to what the album is going to be about and sets you up for the rest of the journey.

Well, One Direction, you've done it again. With or without Zayn, you managed to pull together another musical masterpiece. Another album down, and hopefully more to come, but if not, at least we you can say that Made in the A.M. did you justice.

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‘Better Than Words’: How One Direction Became One of the Great Rock Bands of the 21st Century

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A bathroom figures significantly in the origin stories of at least two classic One Direction songs. The first will be familiar to any fan: Songwriter and producer Savan Kotecha was sitting on the toilet in a London hotel room, when he heard his wife say, “I feel so ugly today.” The words that popped into his head would shape the chorus of One Direction’s unforgettable 2011 debut, “What Makes You Beautiful.” 

The second takes place a few years later: Another hotel room in England —   this one in Manchester — where songwriters and producers Julian Bunetta and John Ryan were throwing back Cucumber Collins cocktails and tinkering with a beat. Liam Payne was there, too. At one point, Liam got up to use the bathroom, and when he re-emerged, he was singing a melody. They taped it immediately. Most of it was mumbled — a temporary place-holder — but there was one phrase: “Better than words …” A few hours later, on the bus to another city, another show — Bunetta and Ryan can’t remember where — Liam asked, maybe having a laugh, “What if the rest of the song was just lyrics from other songs?”

“Songs in general, you’re just sort of waiting for an idea to bonk you on the head,” Ryan says from a Los Angeles studio, with Bunetta. “And if you’re sort of winking at it, laughing at it — we were probably joking, ‘What if [the next line was] “More than a feeling”? Well, that would actually be tight!’” 

“Better Than Words,” closed One Direction’s third album, Midnight Memories . It was never a single, but became a fan-favorite live-show staple. It’s a midtempo headbanger that captures the essence of what One Direction is, and always was: One of the great rock & roll bands of the 21st century. 

July 23rd marks One Direction’s 10th anniversary, the day Simon Cowell told Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson that they would progress on The X Factor as a group. Between that date and their last live performance (so far, one can hope) on December 31st, 2015, they released five albums, toured the world four times — twice playing stadiums — and left a trove of Top 10 hits for a devoted global fan base that came to life at the moment social media was redefining the contours of fandom. 

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It’d been a decade since the heyday of ‘NSync and Backstreet Boys, and the churn of generations demanded a new boy band. One Direction’s songs were great and their charisma and chemistry undeniable, but what made them stick was a sound unlike anything else in pop — rooted in guitar rock at a time when that couldn’t have been more passé.

Kotecha, who met 1D on The X Factor and shepherded them through their first few years, is a devoted student of the history of boy bands. He first witnessed their power back in the Eighties, when New Kids on the Block helped his older sister through her teens. The common thread linking all great boy bands, from New Kids to BSB, he says, is, “When they’d break, they’d come out of nowhere, sounding like nothing that’s on the radio.”

In 2010, Kotecha remembers, “everybody was doing this sort of Rihanna dance pop.” But that just wasn’t a sound One Direction could pull off (the Wanted did it only once ); and famously, they didn’t even dance. Instead, the reference points for 1D went all the way back to the source of contemporary boy bands. 

“Me and Simon would talk about how [One Direction] was Beatlesque, Monkees-esque,” Kotecha continues. “They had such big personalities. I felt like a kid again when I was around them. And I felt like the only music you could really do that with is fun, poppy guitar songs. It would come out of left field and become something owned by the fans.”

“The guitar riff had to be so simple that my friend’s 15-year-old daughter could play it and put a cover to YouTube,” says Carl Falk

To craft that sound on 1D’s first two albums, Up All Night and Take Me Home , Kotecha worked mostly with Swedish songwriters-producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub. They’d all studied at the Max Martin/Cheiron Studios school of pop craftsmanship, and Falk says they were confident they could crack the boy-band code once more with songs that recalled BSB and ‘NSync, but replaced the dated synths and pianos with guitars. 

The greatest thing popular music can do is make someone else think, “I can do that,” and One Direction’s music was designed with that intent. “The guitar riff had to be so simple that my friend’s 15-year-old daughter could play it and put a cover to YouTube,” Falk says. “If you listen to ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ or ‘One Thing,’ they have two-finger guitar riffs that everyone who can play a bit of guitar can learn. That was all on purpose.”

One Direction famously finished third on The X Factor , but Cowell immediately signed them to his label, Syco Music. They’d gone through one round of artist-development boot camp on the show, and another followed on an X Factor live tour in the spring of 2011. They’d developed an onstage confidence, but the studio presented a new challenge. “We had to create who should do what in One Direction,” Falk says. To solve the puzzle the band’s five voices presented, they chose the kitchen-sink method and everyone tried everything.

“They were searching for themselves,” Falk adds. “It was like, ‘Harry, let’s just record him; he’s not afraid of anything.’ Liam’s the perfect song starter, and then you put Zayn on top with this high falsetto. Louis found his voice when we did ‘Change Your Mind.’ It was a long trial for everyone to find their strengths and weaknesses, but that was also the fun part.” Falk also gave Niall some of his first real guitar lessons; there’s video of them performing “One Thing” together, still blessedly up on YouTube. 

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“What Makes You Beautiful” was released September 11th, 2011, in the U.K. and debuted at Number One on the singles chart there — though the video had dropped a month prior. While One Direction’s immediate success in the U.K. and other parts of Europe wasn’t guaranteed, the home-field odds were favorable. European markets historically have been kinder to boy bands than the U.S.; ‘NSync and Backstreet Boys found huge success abroad before they conquered at home. To that end, neither Kotecha nor Falk were sure 1D would break in the U.S. Falk even says of conceiving the band’s sound, “We didn’t want it to sound too American, because this was not meant — for us, at least — to work in America. This was gonna work in the U.K. and maybe outside the U.K.”

Stoking anticipation for “What Makes You Beautiful” by releasing the video on YouTube before the single dropped preceded the strategy Columbia Records (the band’s U.S. label) adopted for Up All Night . Between its November 2011 arrival in the U.K. and its U.S. release in March 2012, Columbia eschewed traditional radio strategies and built hype on social media. One Direction had been extremely online since their X Factor days, engaging with fans and spending their downtime making silly videos to share. One goofy tune, made with Kotecha, called “Vas Happenin’ Boys?” was an early viral hit.

“They instinctively had this — and it might just be a generational thing — they just knew how to speak to their fans,” Kotecha says. “And they did that by being themselves. That was a unique thing about these boys: When the cameras turned on, they didn’t change who they were.” 

Social media was flooded with One Direction contests and petitions to bring the band to fans’ towns. Radio stations were inundated with calls to play “What Makes You Beautiful” long before it was even available. When it did finally arrive, Kotecha (who was in Sweden at the time) remembers staying up all night to watch it climb the iTunes chart with each refresh.

Take Me Home , was recorded primarily in Stockholm and London during and after their first world tour. The success of Up All Night had attracted an array of top songwriting talent — Ed Sheeran even penned two hopeless-romantic sad-lad tunes, “Little Things” and “Over Again” — but Kotecha, Falk, and Yacoub grabbed the reins, collaborating on six of the album’s 13 tracks. In charting 1D’s course, Kotecha returned to his boy-band history: “My theory was, you give them a similar sound on album two, and album three is when you start moving on.”

Still, there was the inherent pressure of the second album to contend with. The label wanted a “What Makes You Beautiful, Part 2,” and evidence that the 1D phenomenon wasn’t slowing down appeared outside the window of the Stockholm studio: so many fans , the street had to be shut down. Kotecha even remembers seeing police officers with missing-person photos, combing through the girls camped outside, looking for teens to return to their parents. 

At this pivotal moment , One Direction made it clear that they wanted a greater say in their artistic future. Kotecha admits he was wary at first, but the band was determined. To help manage the workload, Kotecha had brought in two young songwriters, Kristoffer Fogelmark and Albin Nedler, who’d arrived with a handful of ideas, including a chorus for a booming power ballad called “Last First Kiss.” 

“We thought, while we’re busy recording vocals, whoever’s not busy can go write songs with these two guys, and then we’ll help shape them as much as we can,” Kotecha says. “And to our pleasant surprise, the songs were pretty damn good.”

At this pivotal moment, too, songwriters Bunetta and Ryan also met the band. Friends from the Berklee College of Music, Bunetta and Ryan had moved out to L.A. and cut a few tracks, but still had no hits to their names. They entered the Syco orbit after scoring work on the U.S. version of The X Factor , and were asked if they wanted to try writing a song for Take Me Home . “I was like, ‘Yeah, definitely,’” Bunetta says. “’They sold 5 million albums? Hell, yeah, I want to make some money.’”

Working with Jamie Scott, who’d written two songs on Up All Night (“More Than This” and “Stole My Heart”), Bunetta and Ryan wrote “C’mon, C’mon” — a blinding hit of young love that rips down a dance-pop speedway through a comically oversize wall of Marshall stacks. It earned them a trip to London. Bunetta admits to thinking the whole 1D thing was “a quick little fad” ahead of their first meeting with the band, but their charms were overwhelming. Everyone hit it off immediately.

“Niall showed me his ass,” Bunetta remembers of the day they recorded, “They Don’t Know About Us,” one of five songs he and Ryan co-produced for Take Me Home (two are on the deluxe edition). “The first vocal take, he went in to sing, did a take. I was looking down at the computer screen and was like, ‘On this line, can you sing it this way?’ And I looked over and he was mooning me. I was like, ‘I love this guy!’”

Take Me Home dropped November 9th, just nine days short of Up All Night ’s first anniversary. With only seven weeks left in 2012, it became the fourth-best-selling album of the year globally, moving 4.4 million copies, per IFPI ; it fell short of Adele’s 21 , Taylor Swift’s Red, and 1D’s own Up All Night , which had several extra months to sell 4.5 million copies. 

Kotecha, Falk, and Yacoub’s tracks anchored the album. Songs like “Kiss You,” “Heart Attack,” and “Live While We’re Young” were pristine pop rock that One Direction delivered with full delirium, vulnerability, and possibility — the essence of the teen — in voices increasingly capable of navigating all the little nuances of that spectrum. And the songs 1D helped write (“Last First Kiss,” “Back for You,” and “Summer Love”) remain among the LP’s best. 

“You saw that they caught the bug and were really good at it,” Kotecha says of their songwriting. “And moving forward, you got the impression that that was the way for them.” 

Like clockwork, the wheels began to churn for album three right after Take Me Home dropped. But unlike those first two records, carving out dedicated studio time for LP3 was going to be difficult — on February 23rd, 2013, One Direction would launch a world tour in London, the first of 123 concerts they’d play that year. They’d have to write and record on the road, and for Kotecha and Falk — both of whom had just had kids — that just wasn’t possible. 

But it was also time for a creative shift. Even Kotecha knew that from his boy-band history: Album three is, after all, when you start moving on. One Direction was ready, too. Kotecha credits Louis, the oldest member of the group, for “shepherding them into adulthood, away from the very poppy stuff of the first two albums. He was leading the charge to make sure that they had a more mature sound. And at the time, being in it, it was a little difficult for me, Rami and Carl to grasp — but hindsight, that was the right thing to do.” 

“For three years, this was our schedule,” Bunetta says. “We did X Factor October, November, December. Took off January. February, flew to London. We’d gather ideas with the band, come up with sounds, hang out. Then back to L.A. for March, produce some stuff, then go out on the road with them in April. Get vocals, write a song or two, come back for May, work on the vocals, and produce the songs we wrote on the road. Back to London in June-ish. Back here for July, produce it up. Go back on tour in August, get last bits of vocals, mix in September, back to X Factor in October , album out in November, January off, start it all over again.”

That cycle began in early 2013, when Bunetta and Ryan flew to London for a session that lasted just more than a week, but yielded the bulk of Midnight Memories . With songwriters Jamie Scott, Wayne Hector, and Ed Drewett they wrote “Best Song Ever” and “You and I,” and with Scott and One Direction, “Diana” and “Midnight Memories.” Bunetta and Ryan’s initial rapport with the band strengthened — they were a few years older, but, as Bunetta jokes, “we act like we’re 19 all the time anyway.” Years ago, Bunetta posted an audio clip documenting the creation of “Midnight Memories” — the place-holder chorus was a full-throated, perfectly harmonized, “I love KFC!”

For the most part, Bunetta, Ryan, and 1D doubled down on the rock sound their predecessors had forged, but there was one outlier from that week. A stunning bit of post-Mumford festival folk buoyed by a new kind of lyrical and vocal maturity called “Story of My Life.”

“This was a make-or-break moment for them,” Bunetta says. “They needed to grow up, or they were gonna go away — and they wanted to grow up. To get to the level they got to, you need more than just your fan base. That song extended far beyond their fan base and made people really pay attention.” 

Production on Midnight Memories continued on the road, where, like so many bands before them, One Direction unlocked a new dimension to their music. Tour engineer Alex Oriet made it possible, Ryan says, building makeshift vocal booths in hotel rooms by flipping beds up against the walls. Writing and recording was crammed in whenever — 20 minutes before a show, or right after another two-hour performance. 

“It preserved the excitement of the moment,” Bunetta says. “We were just there, doing it, marinating in it at all times. You’re capturing moments instead of trying to re-create them. A lot of times we’d write a song, sing it in the hotel, produce it, then fly back out to have them re-sing it — and so many times the demo vocals were better. They hadn’t memorized it yet. They were still in the mood. There was a performance there that you couldn’t re-create.” 

Midnight Memories arrived, per usual, during a November, in 2013. And, per usual, it was a smash. The following year, 1D brought their songs to the environment they always deserved — stadiums around the world — and amid the biggest shows of their career , they worked on their aptly-titled fourth album, Four . The 123 concerts 1D had played the year before had strengthened their combined vocal prowess in a way that opened up an array of new possibilities.

“We could use their voices on Four to make something sound more exciting and bigger, rather than having to add too many guitars, synths, or drums,” Ryan says.

“They were so much more dynamic and subtle, too,” Bunetta adds. “I don’t think they could’ve pulled off a song like ‘Night Changes’ two albums prior; or the nuance to sing soft and emotionally on ‘Fireproof.’ It takes a lot of experience to deliver a restrained vocal that way.” 

“A lot of the songs were double,” Bunetta says, “like somebody might be singing about their girlfriend, but there was another meaning that applied to the group as well.”

Musically, Four was 1D’s most-expansive album yet — from the sky-high piano rock of “Steal My Girl” to the tender, tasteful groove of “Fireproof” — and it had the emotional range to match. Now in their early twenties, songs like “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” “No Control,” “Fool’s Gold,” and “Clouds” redrew the dramas and euphorias of adolescence with the new weight, wit, and wanton winks of impending adulthood. One Direction weren’t growing up normally in any sense of the word, but they were becoming songwriters capable of drawing out the most relatable elements from their extraordinary circumstances — like on “Change Your Ticket,” where the turbulent love affairs of young jet-setters are distilled to the universal pang of a long goodbye. There were real relationships inspiring these stories, but now that One Direction were four years into being the biggest band on the planet, it was natural that the relationships within the band would make it into the music as well.

“I think that on Four ,” Bunetta says, with a slight pause, “there were some tensions going on. A lot of the songs were double — like somebody might be singing about their girlfriend, but there was another meaning that applied to the group as well.” 

He continues: “It’s tough going through that age, having to spread your wings with so many eyeballs on you, so much money and no break. It was tough for them to carve out their individual manhood, space, and point of view, while learning how to communicate with each other. Even more than relationship things that were going on, that was the bigger blanket that was in there every day, seeping into the songs.” 

Bunetta remembers Zayn playing him “Pillowtalk” and a few other songs for the first time through a 3 a.m. fog of cigarette smoke in a hotel room in Japan.

“Fucking amazing,” he says. “They were fucking awesome. I know creatively he wasn’t getting what he needed from the way that the albums were being made on the road. He wanted to lock himself in the studio and take his time, be methodical. And that just wasn’t possible.” 

A month or so later, and 16 shows into One Direction’s On the Road Again Tour, Zayn left the band . Bunetta and Ryan agree it wasn’t out of the blue: “He was frustrated and wanted to do things outside of the band,” Bunetta says. “It’s a lot for a young kid, all those shows. We’d been with them for a bunch of years at this point — it was a matter of when. You just hoped that it would wait until the last album.”

Still, Bunetta compares the loss to having a finger lopped off, and he acknowledges that Harry, Niall, Liam, and Louis struggled to find their bearings as One Direction continued with their stadium tour and next album, Made in the A.M . Just as band tensions bubbled beneath the songs on Four , Zayn’s departure left an imprint on Made in the A.M. Not with any overt malice, but a song like “Drag Me Down,” Bunetta says, reflects the effort to bounce back. Even Niall pushing his voice to the limits of his range on that song wouldn’t have been necessary if Zayn and his trusty falsetto were available. 

But Made in the A.M. wasn’t beholden to this shake-up. Bunetta and Ryan cite “Olivia” as a defining track, one that captures just how far One Direction had come as songwriters: They’d written it in 45 minutes, after wasting a whole day trying to write something far worse. 

“When you start as a songwriter, you write a bunch of shitty songs, you get better and you keep getting better,” Ryan says. “But then you can get finicky, and you’re like, ‘Maybe I have to get smart with this lyric.’ By Made in the A.M. … they were coming into their own in the sense of picking up a guitar, messing around, and feeling something, rather than being like, ‘How do I put this puzzle together?’”

After Zayn’s departure, Bunetta and Ryan said it became clear that Made in the A.M. would be One Direction’s last album before some break of indeterminate length. The LP boasts the palpable tug of the end, but to One Direction’s credit, that finality is balanced by a strong sense of forever. It’s literally the last sentiment they leave their fans on album-closer “History,” singing, “Baby don’t you know, baby don’t you know/We can live forever.” 

In a way, Made in the A.M. is about One Direction as an entity. Not one that belonged to the group, but to everyone they spent five years making music for. Four years since their hiatus and 10 years since their formation, the fans remain One Direction’s defining legacy. Even as all five members have settled into solo careers, Ryan notes that baseless rumors of any kind of reunion — even a meager Zoom call — can still set the internet on fire. The old songs remain potent, too: Carl Falk says his nine-year-old son has taken to making TikToks to 1D tracks. 

“Most of them weren’t necessarily musicians before this happened, but they loved music, and they found a love of creating, writing, and playing,” Kotecha says

There are plenty of metrics to quantify One Direction’s reach, success, and influence. The hard numbers — album sales and concert ticket stubs — are staggering on their own, but the ineffable is always more fun. One Direction were such a good band that a fan, half-jokingly, but then kinda seriously, started a GoFundMe to buy out their contract and grant them full artistic freedom. One Direction were such a good band that songwriters like Kotecha and Falk — who would go on to make hits with Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, and Nicki Minaj — still think about the songs they could have made with them. One Direction were such a good band that Mitski covered “Fireproof.”  

But maybe it all comes down to the most ineffable thing of all: Chance. Kotecha compares success on talent shows like The X Factor to waking up one morning and being super cut — but now, to keep that figure, you have to work out at a 10, without having done the gradual work to reach that level. That’s the downfall for so many acts, but One Direction were not only able, but willing, to put in the work.

“They’re one of the only acts from those types of shows that managed to do it for such a long time,” Kotecha says. “Five years is a long time for a massive pop star to go nonstop. I know it was tiring, but they were fantastic sports about it. They appreciated and understood the opportunity they had — and, as you can see, they haven’t really stopped since. Most of them weren’t necessarily musicians before this happened, but they loved music, and they found a love of creating, writing, and playing. To have these boys — that had been sort of randomly picked — to also have that? It will never be repeated.”

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Will One Direction Ever Reunite? Here's What Each Member Has Said About Their Future as a Band

It’s been years since One Direction went on an indefinite hiatus, and Harry Styles , Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik have all found success as solo stars. However, anticipation for a reunion is showing no signs of dying down going into 2024.

Just in 2023, almost every member of the group has been asked about the possibility of them getting back together to release new music.

In fact, there was already a major rumor that a reunion was planned , but it wound up being false.

As questions continue to swirl about the possibility, we went back and rounded up the most recent comments from each member of the group that relate to getting the band back together again.

Scroll through to see what each member of One Direction has had to say about a possible reunion…

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