Americans are of one mind on ‘One Direction’

One DirectionHiya All,

Only a couple of weeks back I had asked whether Adele and a couple of other artistes heralded a new ‘British Invasion’ – call it ‘British Invasion Part 2′.  The answer is in the affirmative and it’s official, thanks to ‘One Direction’.

This British boy band, already popular in the U.S., has just rocketed to the Billboard 200 chart’s peak.  Prior honours include third place in The X Factor in 2010 and keeping Adele company at the Brit Awards last month by picking up one of their own (Best British Single).

Just as for Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and others (American Idol), some share of the credit goes to Simon Cowell for spotting the band-members’ talents by way of the British equivalent of American Idol, The X Factor.  Cowell advised the five teenagers to, instead of continuing as solo acts, form a band.  The rest is, quite literally, (chart) history because One Direction is the first British band to land their debut album (‘Up All Night’) on the top of Billboard 200.  This is a feat that neither Herman’s Hermits, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Animals, The Monkees, nor even The Beatles accomplished.

The boys sure know to strike while the iron’s hot. Emboldened by their rapturous reception on NBC’s ‘Today’ show, they have announced a coast-to-coast tour in the United States – twenty shows in as many cities from New York to Phoenix to Orlando, with more to be announced!  Americans are evidently of one mind on ‘One Direction’.  Take a bow, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson!

Other chart news seems to indicate that price matters: if it’s nearly-free, tens of thousand will want to buy it.  The proof is Guns ‘n’ Roses’s ‘Greatest Hits’ which jumped 28 places from 31 to 3 after the album was priced at a quarter for only one day.  The Boss’s ‘Wrecking Ball’, however, fell three places to no. 4.  That said, this is an album with near universal appeal and holds top or or close-to-top positions in charts around the world.  And, after a couple of months of Whitney’s passing, it’s pertinent to mention that her ‘Greatest Hits’ album still remains in the Top Ten!

But everything said and considered, honours of the week to One Direction.  Eng-errrland!

Ta-ta,

Shane

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