The British boyband – one direction – took the world by storm in 2010 after their first X-Factor performance. However, in March 2015, Zayn Malik left One Direction and the remaining four members continued making music till 2016, until they decided to go on an indefinite hiatus, allowing each member to pursue their solo careers. Despite the hiatus, each band member has gone a long way in their solo music careers and attained immense praise, recognition, and love from listeners and Directioners worldwide.
One Direction – All the Best-Selling Music Albums
One Direction’s first debut album, Up All Night, sold 176,000 copies and debited to number one on the United States Billboard 200. The best-selling music album topped the charts in more than sixteen countries! Whereas their second album, Take me Home, went to #1 in more than 35 countries and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide! Making it the fourth best-selling album of 2012. In 2020, One Direction sold a total of 70 million copies globally, making them one of the best-selling boy bands in the music industry.
One Direction Niall Horan – Where is He Now?
Since the boy band went into a hiatus in 2016, Niall Horan has gained immense success as he embarked on his solo career. In 2017, the Irish singer and songwriter released his first solo album, “Flickr,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
In September 2018, Niall Horan concluded his first solo international tour. The same year, the Irish singer and songwriter released a soundtrack, “Finally Free,” for the animation movie “Smallfoot.” Since then, the ex-boy band member has released a track with the infamous singer and songwriter Julia Michaels titled “What a Time.”
In 2019, Niall Horan released singles “Put a Little Love on Me,” “Nice to Meet Ya,” and “Moral of the Story.” In March 2020, the former One Direction member released his second album “Heartbreak Weather,” which sold about 41,900 copies and debuted at number 4, marking as the singer’s second top-20 album in the United States. Horan’s second album was loved by listeners globally and managed to attain more than 200 million streams on Spotify.
In 2021, Niall Horan has been in talks to collaborate with Anne Marie as they drop hints of featuring in a music video together through their media platforms. However, nobody knows when the Irish singer’s third album will be released. Despite the uncertainty, fans are ecstatic to see what has been going on behind the scenes as the singer has been spotted in his recording studio multiple times. As for now, nothing has been confirmed by Niall Horan himself.
One Direction’s Zayn Malik – Where is He Now?
Upon the British-Pakistani singer’s announcement that he’d be leaving the boyband for good in 2015, fans were left heartbroken and devastated. However, Directioners worldwide were quick to support Malik’s decision to quit and pursue a solo career. The former band member has released multiple solo albums since 2015, some of which sold more than a million copies and gained millions of streams on Spotify.
Less than a year after his departure from the infamous boy band, Zayn Malik released his first solo album, “Mind of Mine,” which sold over 112,000 pure albums and gained 40.8 million streams. The album consisted of his hit single, “Pillowtalk,” which managed to attain billions of viewers on Youtube and sold 267,000 copies in the United States.
In the same year, Malik released his first book titled, “Zayn: The Official Autobiography,” which described his life and journey after leaving One Direction. In that book, Malik wrote, “One Direction was an incredible experience in its own right, and it’s a part of me, an integral part of my history, and I’m never going to deny that aspect of my life.” He further added, “Sometimes, you have to do what’s best for you, otherwise you’re no use to anyone. Nothing good would have come from dragging it out any longer.”
In 2017, the Pakistani-British singer collaborated with Taylor Swift and released the hit single, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” as a soundtrack of the Hollywood film, “50 Shades Darker.” In 2020, the single reached 1 Billion Streams on Spotify.
In December 2018, the former One Direction member released his second album, “Icarus Falls,” which flopped after reaching No.64 in the charts. Recently, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid welcomed their first baby daughter Khai. On January 15, 2021, the musician released his third album, “Nobody is Listening,” which gained immense love from listeners worldwide. Malik’s third album surpassed 100 million views on Spotify.
One Direction Harry Style: Where is He Now?
As compared to all the band members, Styles has had the most diverse and flourishing career throughout his professional journey after leaving the band. In 2017, Styles debuted as an actor in the war film, “Dunkirk.” In the same year, styles released his very first album after leaving the band. The album’s name was, “Harry Styles,” and it gained immense love from listeners worldwide as it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album charts. By the end of 2017, the former One Direction member performed at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
In 2018, the star musician went on a worldwide tour for his first album, “Harry Styles.” In 2019, Harry Styles was a co-chair of the Met Gala alongside Serena Williams and Lady Gaga. In 2019, during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the musician presented an award to the American singer-songwriter, Stevie Nicks. In December 2019, Styles released his second album, “Fine Line,” which sold 393,000 copies as a full album.
Fine lines also managed to have 109 million streams, making it the third-best debut of the year. In 2021, Harry Styles won an award for the Best Pop Solo Performance for “Watermelon Sugar,” at the 63rd Grammy Awards, which marked the first Grammy win of his music career.
Harry Styles is all set to star in another Hollywood movie, “Don’t Worry Darling.” This movie is of the thriller genre and is set in the 1950s. However, the release date is yet to be announced.
One Direction Louis Tomlinson – Where is He Now?
According to Billboard, Louis Tomlinson began his solo endeavors in 2015 before one direction announced their hiatus. In 2016, Louis Tomlinson collaborated with producer and DJ Steve Aoki to release his single, “Just Hold On.” In the same year, the musician welcomed his son Freddie. In 2017, he collaborated with musician Bebe Rexha and released the track, “Back To You.”
The same year, Tomlinson released a few other tracks including, “Miss you.” In 2018, Louis Tomlinson played a critical role in the fifteenth season of X-factor USA as a mentor and judge. In 2019, after the passing of his beloved mother, Louis Tomlinson released, “The Two of Us,” a single dedicated to her. After years of releasing single tracks, the artist decided to release his first solo album, “Walls,” in 2020 which was met with harsh criticism from listeners worldwide.
The same year in July, Tomlinson announced his resignation from Syco Music, Simon Cowell’s record label that signed One Direction. On April 19, 2021, Louis Tomlinson’s new song “Help,” was leaked online which was set to feature on his second album. In an interview with U.K’s The Telegraph, Louis Tomlinson revealed that he will be releasing another album soon. However, no release date has been confirmed.
Louis Tomlinson took to his Twitter to announce “something big planned,” which left fans wondering what the singer has in store for them!
One Direction Liam Payne – Where is He Now?
In 2016, the former One Direction member began dating one of the X-Factor judges, Cheryl Cole, who played a substantial role in One Direction’s success by voting a “yes,” for the singer in 2008. In 2017, Liam Payne released his hit single, “Strip That Down,” featuring rapper Quavo which was streamed over 500 million times on Spotify, and its music video was certified by Vevo after surpassing 100 million views.
The same year, the former One Direction member and his then partner, Cheryl Cole, welcomed their baby son named Bear. However, in July 2018, the couple split, according to Teen Vogue. A month after his break, Liam Payne released his debut EP, “First Time.” It included a feature from musician French Montana and four tracks. In October 2018, Liam Payne released a joint track, “Polaroid,” in collaboration with Lennon Stella and Jonas Blue. The same year, he recorded a duet soundtrack with Rita Ora for the “Fifty Shades Freed,” movie.
Payne then released the track, “Familiar,” with artist J.Balvin. In 2019, the singer announced his fashion partnership with the infamous HUGO brand. In the same year, Payne released his first album after leaving One Direction named “LP1.” However, it did not fit well with the critics and flopped horribly.
In response to Payne’s first album, Pitchfork says, “One Direction was created because Simon Cowell didn’t have much faith in the boy’s potential as solo artists. ‘Liam Payne’s debut proves him right.”
Despite facing criticism, Payne has been online via live streaming platforms throughout 2020 and 2021 and has been sharing YouTube videos with his fans and listeners worldwide.
We cannot wait to see what the former One Direction stars will produce in terms of their solo careers in the upcoming years! Together or not, our support will be with them forever!