One Direction are a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They signed to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records after being formed and placing third in the seventh series of The X Factor. They later signed in North America to Columbia Records.
One Direction’s debut single, “What Makes You Beautiful”, was released in September 2011 and peaked at number one in the UK and charted in the top ten in several international markets. Their debut album, Up All Night, followed in November 2011, and debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, with the highest sales for number two album in 2011, and became the fastest-selling debut album on the UK Albums Chart of 2011. On 21 March 2012, Up All Night debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making One Direction the first UK group in history to debut at number one with their first album.
On 21 February 2012, “What Makes You Beautiful” won the award for Best British Single at the 2012 BRIT Awards.