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What Makes You Beautiful


One Direction is a five-member boy band made up of Liam Payne (born 29 August 1993) from Wolverhampton, Louis Tomlinson (born 24 December 1991) from Doncaster, Niall Horan (born 13th September 1993) from Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland, Harry Styles, (born 1 February 1994) from Holmes Chapel, Cheshire and Zayn Malik, (born 12 January 1993) from East Bowling, Bradford. They applied as solo candidates on the 2010 edition of the X Factor, but the judges, after a suggestion by Simon Cowell, put them in a band in London, UK; therefore qualifying for the Groups category.

One Direction’s first single, What Makes You Beautiful, received its first airplay on August 10, 2011 and was released a month later on September 11, 2011. It was the fastest selling single of the year 2011 and peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. The boys released their second single Gotta Be You on November 13th peaking at #3 on the UK Singles Chart. Their album Up All Night followed on November 21st reaching #2 on the UK Albums Chart, narrowly missing out on #1 to Rihanna. When their album Up All Night was released in the USA, it debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, setting the record for the highest-selling debut album by a British boy band.

What Makes You Beautiful” is the debut single by British-Irish boy band One Direction, from their debut studio album Up All Night (2011). It was released as the lead single by Syco Records on 11 September 2011. The song was written by Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk and Savan Kotecha and produced by Yacoub and Falk. After recording the song at Cosmos Studios and Kinglet Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the band felt relieved to have a song that they were happy to release as their debut single. “What Makes You Beautiful” is an uptempo song which combines pop genres teen pop, power pop and pop rock. The song contains a prominent guitar-based chorus and riff.

The song received positive reviews from music critics, highlighting its appeal to the teenage audience and pop sensibility. It made its debut at number one on the UK Singles Chart, after setting a Sony Music Entertainment pre-order record and selling 153,965 copies in its first week. The single also topped the Irish and Scottish Singles Charts, and reached the top ten on the Australian and New Zealand Singles Charts, Flemish Ultratop 50, Canadian Hot 100, Japan Hot 100 and the United States Billboard Hot 100. In the U.S., the single became the highest Billboard Hot 100 debut for a UK act since 1998, when it debuted at number twenty-eight in February 2012. It peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. With over 5 million copies sold worldwide, it is among the best-selling singles of all time.
The music video for “What Makes You Beautiful” was directed by John Urbano and premiered on 19 August 2011, and shows One Direction spending time on Malibu, California beach. The video earned the group three MTV Video Music Awards on 6 September 2012, including Best Pop Video. One Direction have performed the song on several television programmes, including Red or Black?, Dancing on Ice, The Today Show at the Rockefeller Center, Saturday Night Live, and the 54th Logie Awards. They performed it on their first headlining concert tour, the Up All Night Tour (2011–12). The song was covered in the Glee episode “Prom-asaurus”. The song won the BRIT Award for Best British Single at the 2012 Brit Awards, which was held on 21 February 2012.



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