The biggest UK breakout group of 2011, One Direction was ready to take America by storm with the US release of their debut album UP ALL NIGHT on March 20, 2012. Their first single “What Makes You Beautiful” became the fastest selling single of 2011 and entered the chart at #1 in both the UK and Ireland. Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik all auditioned for the UK X Factor as solo artists. At the suggestion of Simon Cowell and guest judge Nicole Scherzinger they joined forces as a group, quickly becoming one of the competition’s most popular acts of all time, finishing in the final three and garnering a gigantic and loyal fan-base along the way.
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One Direction’s breakthrough debut album “Up All Night” was 2012’s third-biggest set with 1.62 million sold. (Source: Billboard)