One Direction will officially release their fifth studio album Made In The A.M. on November 13 via Columbia Records. At this point most people have an opinion of One Direction. Critics will brush them off as a band lacking chemistry, a band that was put together by Simon Cowell in desperation to save ratings for The X Factor in 2010, some even say the band has minimal talent musically and the vocal talent they do have is shadowed by auto tune or filters. Some say they’re just a band that merely functions the way the record label wants them to.
Then there’s the other side of the spectrum; the fans that spent days posting videos of their crying testimonies to get Zayn Malik to reconsider his decision to quit the band seven months ago (Malik allegedly left the group because of their rigorous touring schedule). The numbers don’t lie either. To date, One Direction has sold over 65 million records and performed live for over 7.5 million fans. When the band released their first single off the album in July, it jumped to #1 on 90 different iTunes charts and shattered streaming records globally. Very few pop artists can say they’ve done more with less (I’m sure T. Swift and Bieber are up there). Call them what you will but One Direction is the biggest pop band in the world right now and after being together for more than five years they’re not showing any signs of slowing down.
The most recent single “Perfect” was released on October 16 to a positive response from the fans. The messages in this song are inspired by young love and feature an upbeat undertone. Currently, One Direction are playing arenas throughout the U.K. and Ireland for their ‘On The Road Again Tour.’ The band also recently headlined the Apple Music Festival at London’s famous Roadhouse venue. 2015 saw the band overcome their toughest challenge yet when one of their founding members retired, but the steady trajectory of their success is growing exponentially like some recusant virus. Despite allegations of the band disbanding (which aren’t true), One Direction will take an extended hiatus from touring in 2016. The new album is available for pre-order now.
Key Tracks: Perfect, Infinity, Drag Me Down