5 Seconds Of Summer Set To Surpass One Direction?

5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction have much in common. Both were plucked from obscurity and became stars overnight. Both One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer hit the highlights when their members were under 18-years-old, and both bands even share a label. The comparisons between 5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction do not end there. Both bands completed the U.S. legs of world tours this past weekend, and both have new albums set to be released in the near future. One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer have even toured together in the past.

The comparisons may well end there, however, as it seems that the fortunes of the two bands are headed in wildly different directions. The Daily Mail reported that 5 Seconds of Summer wrapped up their tour in Florida over the weekend with a "heart thumping" performance and letting the audience know how much they were appreciated. 5 Seconds of Summer were able to promise their fans that they will be back on tour next year in support of their forthcoming album release. The Aussie pop-punk outfit's sophomore album, Sound Good, Feels Good, is set for release on October 23.

5 Seconds of Summer have won rave reviews for their performances on this tour, and there are definite signs that they are beginning to shake off their "boy-band" label and are being taken more seriously. Their star is most definitely ascending.

In a complete contrast to 5 Seconds of Summer, One Direction's future looks much less certain. Their tour moves to the UK and Ireland, where they will play a further 25 dates starting in London next week. One Direction's fifth and as yet unnamed album is tipped for release later this year, but no announcement has been made as to when it will drop. At the conclusion of the tour, One Direction will spend some time promoting that album before they split, at least temporarily.

There have been months of rumor and speculation about what the members of One Direction will do in the future but no firm plans have been announced. Various members of the band have promised that One Direction will work together again, but at this stage no-one knows what that might look like.

Unreality TV are suggesting that sales of the new 5 Seconds of Summer album are set to match the sales of the new One Direction disc. Who knows, it is feasible that 5 Seconds of Summer could even outsell their British counterparts for the fist time. It certainly seems that Simon Cowell's SyCo are putting more effort into to promoting the 5SOS release at the moment.

Could it be that 5 Seconds of Summer are about to surpass and replace One Direction? What do you think?

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