Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What's Next For The UK-Irish Boy Band 'One Direction'?

From MTV News USA:
One Direction: What's Next For The Boy Banders?

After the Stateside release of Up All Night, the British group looks forward to a year full of tour dates.

British boy band One Direction dropped their album, Up All Night, here in the States Tuesday (March 13). They had already topped the charts back in their native U.K., and if the ensuing stateside buzz tells us anything, it's that the group may see even more chart-topping love Stateside.

The album, which features some A-list production and songwriting help from RedOne, Kelly Clarkson, fellow boy bander Tom Fletcher of McFly fame and songwriter Toby Gad, has gained the guys so much attention in the U.S. that they've already booked some big-time gigs in the wake of the release. The guys are expected to drop "One Thing" as their next single here in America. No word yet on when that is expected to impact, but the album is already storming the iTunes charts.

[Click here to watch MTV News USA's interview with Nickelodeon Star Noah Munck, who plays the character Orenthal "Gibby" Cornelius Gibson in the hit Nickelodeon Television show "iCarly", where he talks about the UK-Irish Boy Band guest starring on the show [video only available to view in the USA]]

Currently here in the states promoting the release, the guys just wrapped up a tour with Big Time Rush and are currently doing appearances and fan signings that are being attended by thousands of fans at a time. And it doesn't end there: They are expected to play several shows in Australia and New Zealand next month, and they already have dates already slated right through 2013.

Big Time Rush bandmate Carlos Pena revealed that they are working on something with the guys of 1D. "We are making a video with One Direction," he shared. "You never know if there's going to be a singing collaboration. We have to leave some mystery."

The guys are also possibly working on something else with the one and only one-man boy band known as Justin Bieber, according to his manager, Scooter Braun.

The guys will appear on the famed "Saturday Night Live" stage on April 7, when Sofia Vergara hosts. And, they aren't stopping there. They will also appear on the hit Nick series "iCarly" sometime next season. They filmed the episode back in January.

"The episode's about Freddie contacting One Direction's band manager and then they want to play on our show," Noah Munck, who plays Gibby Gibson on the show, told MTV News. "And Carly has this disease called jungle worms and [One Direction bandmate] Harry Styles drinks out of her water bottle and gets that disease and craziness ensues. But the fun part is, Gibby is a huge fan of One Direction. It was a fun episode to shoot."

When the fellas of 1D hit the set, it was bombarded by fans, and Munck says it was pretty crazy. "I pulled into work, and along the fence of our studio was like 200 screaming girls. There was, like, 200 screaming girls. It got intense, but it was interesting to see. They were totally like 'This happens every day.' "

They will also perform on Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on March 31. It will be hosted by Will Smith.
The British and Irish boy band "One Direction" are also rumoured to be in talks with Nickelodeon to have their own Nickelodeon television show.

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