(PR)—THE X FACTOR (UK) group One Direction’s debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” sells over 131,000 singles in its first week. This amazing U.S. debut comes hot off the heels of “What Makes You Beautiful’s” massive international success where it just took home a BRIT Award for Best British Single and became the fastest selling UK single of 2011, entering the charts at #1 in both the UK and Ireland.
One Direction will make their U.S. television debut performing their hit single “What Makes You Beautiful” on NBC’s The Today Show on March 12th. Entertainment Weekly calls the track “an expertly constructed pop anthem” and was the top graded single that week with an A-. The music video has already garnered over 56M views, check it out here: http://vevo.ly/1DWMYB .
One Direction has had a meteoric rise to stardom since appearing on The X Factor UK in 2010. "It's great news for the group, I always thought these guys were stars, I am thrilled for them." said Simon Cowell who mentored the band in the group category on the show.
On March 13th, One Direction’s debut album Up All Night, originally scheduled for March 20th but moved up a week due to overwhelming fan demand, will be released via Syco/Columbia Records. UP ALL NIGHT is already a global success entering the charts at #1 in Sweden and Italy and has been certified triple platinum in Ireland, double platinum in the UK and platinum in New Zealand & Australia.
One Direction joins the North American leg of the sold-out Big Time Rush “Better With U” tour this Friday, February 24th in Chicago (see below for dates.) The band will also be making an appearance in the fifth season of the Nickelodeon series iCarly, in “iGot Jungle Worms” set to premiere later this year. One Direction play themselves as special guests on Carlys webshow and will perform the single “What Makes You Beautiful.”