#2011in4words: Who is One Direction?

With so many words and phrases trending on Twitter, it’s hard to keep your attention on celebrities or topics that are causing such a fuss. But over the week we couldn’t help but realize that the U.K. boy band, One Direction, kept making appearances on various trending topics.From Celeb of the Year, #2011FunniestMoments to #2011in4words, fans kept mentioning the boy group on Twitter leaving some Americans wondering, “who is this One Direction?”The British-Irish boy band, comprised of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik, were winners of the U.K. version of The X Factor and were trained under Simon Cowell.

Now, not every singing contest winner turns out to be the next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, but One Direction proved to be the exception as they played to thousands of adoring fans on their first ever tour earlier this month.

According to dailymail.co.uk, the five boys “were cheered on by thousands of female fans[…] as they took to the stage at the Wolverhampton Civil Hall” Dec. 21.

On PopCrush.com, One Direction made it to number two on their “Top 2011 Teen Star Poll,” beating out Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas and Taylor Lautner.

According to PopCrush.com, Justin Bieber, who ranked number one, tweeted that he would “post a funny twitvid” if they voted for him, but the question lingers, if he hadn’t asked for votes, would the U.K. boy band have won Top Teen Star of 2011?

Digitalspy.com reported that One Direction met with New York record companies back in September while they were stateside shooting a music video.

According dailyrecord.co.uk, Cowell wants the boys to “strike while the iron’s hot. They’ve completely blown away all expectations with their debut single but he’s not letting them take their foot off the pedal and enjoy their successes just yet.”

Dailyrecord.co.uk also reported that One Direction sold 100,000 singles just three days after it’s release.

On One Direction’s website, multiple challenges are being created to get Americans pumped up to bring the band to their city.

So far Los Angeles is winning with 100 points and New York is trailing close behind with 80 points.

You can pre-order One Direction’s “Up All Night (Deluxe Version) album on iTunes now or wait until is becomes available everywhere March 20.

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