One Direction are a British-Irish boy band, consisting of members Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. Zayn Malik quit in 2015. In 2010, Each of the five members applied as solo candidates for the The X Factor, but failed to qualify for the “Boys” category. After a suggestion by guest judge Nicole Scherzinger, the five were put into a band, thus qualifying for the “Groups” category. They finished third on the seventh series of The X Factor. Following The X Factor, the group signed a record contract with Syco Music. Their fan following had been forming since they were on X Factor and now they are one of the biggest acts of 2011! One Direction’s debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” was released on 11 September 2011 which debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number one on 18 September 2011. Their second single, “Gotta Be You”, was released on 13 November 2011, which peaked at number three. Their debut album Up All Night was released shortly on 21 November 2011. The album peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart. Up All Night became the fastest-selling debut album on the UK Albums Chart of 2011. On 16 December 2011 it was revealed that the album was the 27th biggest-selling album of 2011. Other than their music activities, The group released there first calender One Direction 2012 Calendar on 15 December 2011 and revealed that One Direction have achieved the top selling calendar of all time. They also released several books – One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story), One Direction: The Official Annual 2012 and Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction which contained exclusive interviews, unseen photos of the band on and off stage, along with private captured moments. Dare to Dream was also able to secure the top spot on the Sunday Times Non Fiction Hardback Bestseller list. One Direction also became the brand ambassadors for Pok√©mon Black and White in April 2011. The band also launched limited edition Nokia C2-02 and Nokia C3-00 phones. On 26 September, One Direction announced their debut headline UK tour, set for December 2011 and January 2012. The tour was sold out in 12 minutes of release! On 9 November, One Direction also revealed that they will be touring the United States with Big Time Rush on February and March 2012.