Could this be the signalling of a brand new golden age of boy bands? The Wanted, another British group, appeared on The Tonight Show last night and their single “Glad You Came” is in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 and was used on the premiere of “Dancing With The Stars'” 14th season earlier this week. Now, their younger counterparts have achieved a feat not even The Beatles nor The Spice Girls could do. The boys of One Direction became the first UK group to have their debut album enter in at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 200. They moved 176,000 copes of “Up All Night“.
For the past couple of weeks, the boys have been in promotion overdrive. From appearing on NBC’s “Today” to multiple album signing events at shopping malls, the quintet have been working like dogs. Looks like all their hard work has paid off.
Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson all entered the seventh series of The X Factor UK as solo singers. When they failed to make the Boys category, guest judge Nicole Scherzinger suggested they be put in a band and placed in the Groups category. Under the mentoring of Simon Cowell, they finished third. With the success of One Direction stateside, perhaps Cowell should take over the Groups category on the US version of The X Factor. I’m sure his acts will last longer than any of Paula Abdul’s did from Season One.
One Direction “One Thing” Music Video
One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful” Music Video
I hate to admit it, but I sorta like One Direction. They’re definitely one of my guilty pleasures right now. Their track “One Thing” is pure pop perfection. Being adorably cute also doesn’t hurt. Don’t worry. They’re all legal. They remind me of a modern-day Beatles with a dash of Backstreet Boys. With New Kids on the Block, N’ Sync and Westlife all having a gay singer, I wonder which one, if any, of One Direction eventually comes out. Have any guesses?
What do you think of One Direction? Do they have staying power? Is this the dawning of a renaissance of boy bands or another British Invasion? Sound off below.