One Direction is an English band that first rose to fame after it competed on the popular British talent show X Factor. Though the group didn't win the competition, it managed to come in third place and showcase its music and style to a large televised audience. Quick to follow up with its popularity in lieu of its appearance on X Factor, One Direction released its debut album, Up All Night, in 2011. The album--a polished pop effort that showcases the vocal talents of each member-- performed quite respectably on the British music charts and as the band continues to release more studio material and tour, it's popularity will no doubt continue to grow. The band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2016.