One Direction Debuts On Top And Announces Summer Tour!

British boy band sensation One Direction has made their American debut in a big way. For the first time in history, a British group’s debut album entered the Billboard charts at the number one spot. That’s right, Up All Night hit the top of the charts. And no, not even the Beatles or Spice Girls did that! 

One Direction pandemonium began just over a year ago when the band was pieced together on the British version of X Factor. Harry, Niall, Liam, Zayn and Louis placed third in the competition and Simon Cowell immediately signed the group to his label. They released their album in Europe last November; It was the fastest selling European album of the year.

Thanks to catchy songs, cute guys and social media, the 1D craze spread to the United States. The band’s recent trips to the US have created Beatles level mania (we’re talking girls fainting at meet and greets and chasing them outside of concerts) with tens of thousands of fans coming to see their recent performance on the Today show.

1D is currently on tour with Nickelodeon boy band Big Time Rush, but have their own plans to really take over this summer. Not only do they have their own Nick show in the works, are performing the Kids Choice Awards and sold out the O2 Arena 7 times, but they just announced their own North American summer headlining tour. Check out the dates below:

May 24 Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center
May 25 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
May 26 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
May 28 Philadelphia, PA -Tower Theatre
May 29 Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
June 1 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
June 2 Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
June 8 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
June 9 Las Vegas, NV – Planet Hollywood
June 10 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
June 13 San Jose, CA – Events Center
June 14 Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
June 16 Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
June 17 Anaheim, CA – The Theatre At Honda Center
June 23 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 24 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 26 Atlanta, GA – The Arena At Gwinett Center
June 27 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
June 29 Tampa, FL – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
June 30 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
July 1 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Bank Atlantic Center

What do you think of One Direction? Is it the year of the boy band?