The 1D takeover continues! English/Irish heartthrobs Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne continue their reign as 2012’s biggest sellers by snagging the coveted position as Billboard’s Top New Artist.
While everyone is undoubtedly congratulating the boys on their achievement, their unheard of shot to fame has countless people questioning: what did One Direction do to become so huge in such a short amount of time? Simply put: hard work! One Direction (of 1D as they are known to many,) put out not one chart-topping album in 2012, but two, with “Up All Night” being released in March and “Take Me Home” in November. That, paired with a near-constant touring schedule and a probably-more-than-healthy dose of social media help (the latest being the wildly successful “Bring1DtoUS” campaign,) the boys found themselves going from a group of virtually unknowns to the biggest boy band the world has seen since the 90’s. The biggest contributor to 1D’s rise to fame though is, by far, their die-hard fans. Referred to as “Directioners,” these fans are a huge help in spreading the word about their inspirations latest news, releases, and general updates. Member Louis Tomlinson agrees, saying, “It’s almost a cliché, but it’s so true – if anyone hadn’t bought a record, we wouldn’t be here.”
Keep up the amazing work, 1D, we all love you and wish you nothing but success. Here’s to another amazing year!