One Direction will release their latest album on 25 November. Photo: AFP
On 25 November, fans of the British boy band will celebrate the release of 'Midnight Memories', available for pre-order since September. The young superstars have also announced a worldwide stadium tour for 2014.
One Direction released their single 'Best Song Ever' this summer, sparking a worldwide controversy that found its expression through social networks. Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson were accused of copying the song 'Baba O'Riley' by The Who.
For this third album, the group worked with a number of talents, including producer and singer Pharrell Williams, whose recent hits include 'Get Lucky' and 'Blurred Lines'.
Discovered in 2010 on 'The X Factor' in the UK, the members of One Direction have risen to the rank of global superstars with their first two albums. 'Take Me Home', the band's second album, topped the charts in over 35 countries, selling 4.4 million copies worldwide. Over the past three years, the band has sold 32 million records and achieved 61 No. 1 singles and albums worldwide, according to their label, Sony Music.
The single 'Best Ever Song', which has over 153 million views on YouTube and was named "Song of the Summer" in the MTV Video Music Awards, indicates that One Direction's third album is destined for commercial success.
A band documentary titled 'One Direction: This Is Us' was released last August, taking the top spot in the British and North American box offices for several weeks running. During its first weekend in US theaters alone, the documentary brought in US$18.4 million (S$22.9 million) in revenues.
In 2014, One Direction will continue to surf the wave of its popularity with a world stadium tour, including two concerts at London's Wembley Stadium.
Tracklist for "Midnight Memories"
1. Best Song Ever
2. Story of My Life
4. Midnight Memories
5. You & I
6. Don't Forget Where You Belong
9. Right Now
10. Little Black Dress
11. Through The Dark
12. Something Great
13. Little White Lies
14. Better Than Words