The news that One Direction are going on ‘hiatus’ this year broke the hearts of teenage girls around the world. The group, who were put together on the UK X Factor back in 2010, have taken the pop world by storm. As the group prepare to go their separate ways for a while, here are 11 crazy facts that show just how popular the group is.
The group’s joint Twitter account has 27 million followers and is currently the site’s 27th most popular account. Harry Style’s account is actually more popular than the group’s account and is currently ranked 26th.
The group have uploaded 16 official videos, which collectively have nearly 4 billion views. Even when the group have split, that number’s surely going to keep rising.
The Where We Are Tour was the world’s most successful tour of 2014, bringing in $290 million from 69 shows, with a total of 3.4 million avid, screaming fans getting to see the group live.
Zayn Malik recently released his first solo single, Pillowtalk, which went on to top the iTunes charts of 60 countries around the world. His solo career seems to be off to a flying start.
One Direction: This Is Us
The group’s first concert movie was a runaway success, grossing nearly $70 million worldwide.
Speaking of One Direction: This Is Us, when the DVD was released, it sold 270,000 copies in the UK in its first three days of release, beating a record previously held by Michael Jackson.
The group had the most successful album worldwide in 2014 with their third album Midnight Memories.
Worldwide album sales
The combined worldwide sales for One Direction’s five albums stands at well over 20 million.
Billboard Hot 100 stats
15 of the group’s singles have made the Billboard Hot 100; their highest charting single is 2013’s Best Song Ever, which just missed out on number 1, peaking at number 2.
The official One Direction Instagram account has over 13.8 million followers. Like with Twitter, Harry’s own Instagram page has more followers, with some 15 million following him.
The group have topped Britain’s Under-30s Rich List for three years running, earning a combined income of a cool £82 million.