Let’s be frank, we all miss One Direction at least a little bit. The members of One Direction, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan, are arguably the most written about celebrities on the planet right now. With the band currently on hiatus, One Direction fans are always eager for news about their favorites. All too often One Direction news is focused on rumors about the band’s demise or of conflict between its members.
Without music or a tour to write about some sections of the media feed into fan anxiety with constant claims that One Direction has split up for good. Niall Horan and Liam Payne have always been the ones to reassure One Direction fans that the band will be back, though no date has been fixed. As reported recently in the Inquisitr both Harry Styles and Niall have confirmed recently that One Direction will be back. While it is clear that no timescale has been put on a return, it was always suggested that their break would last around two years.
Over the weekend Horan appeared on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show and, inevitably, he was asked about a One Direction reunion.
Niall was quick to point out that the One Direction boys are all busy with their own projects at present. The fact that seems to be lost on some commentators is that One Direction have always made it absolutely clear that they were taking a break specifically to pursue their own interests. Fans must shake their head in despair every time the announcement of solo work leads to a new rush of “One Direction split” stories.
You would forgive Horan if he got fed up answering questions about One Direction’s future, especially as he was on the show to play and promote his new single “This Town.” With typical good grace, Horan told Norton that he did not know when One Direction would reunite but, he did hint that it might not be too far away.
“At the moment we are all doing our own thing. I can’t really put a date on it, but it’s not gonna be 50 years away. It’s in the foreseeable future.”
According to the New York Daily News, it seems like Horan may be the first current member of One Direction to release a solo album. Both Liam Payne and Harry Styles have signed big-money recording contracts, but Niall has beaten them to the punch in dropping new music. Niall also revealed that he has all the songs for a new album written and just needs to get into the studio to record them.
Horan’s performance of “This Town” went down a storm in Norton’s studio, and it peaked at No. 3 in the UK chart. That’s quite a feat given that the song had no pre-release promotion. It seems that one person is unimpressed.
According to the Mirror X-Factor judge, Louis Walsh has called One Direction “monsters,” and insists that Harry Styles is the only member of One Direction who will make it as a solo artist. Walsh claims that One Direction is deluded in thinking that they will be solo stars.
“Too much money, too much success, too quickly. Simon created monsters and that was it. They all think they’re going to be solo stars. They’re not. Only Harry. That’s it.
“Then they’ll be sorry they broke up and it’ll be too late because there’s another boy band. That always happens in boy bands.”
Of course, Walsh is correct in one respect. Boy bands like One Direction have traditionally had a limited shelf life. They tend to be pitched at young female fans who quickly grow out of the band leaving them without an audience. One Direction is different, and we live in a different era.
No-one expected One Direction to become a global phenomenon. No-one understood that One Direction would amass 200 million followers across social media and no-one anticipated that their fan base would expand beyond their target demographic. Solo releases by Horan and by Zayn Malik have been a world away from the sort of music created within One Direction. These releases demonstrate that the One Direction boys have an individual as well as collective talent.
For now, One Direction fans will enjoy the solo work produced by the boys, but you can bet that nothing will excite them more than a One Direction reunion.
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