One Direction: From Boy Band To Man Band

One Direction: From Boy Band To Man Band

A look at how One Direction could outlast previous boy bands.
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For every generation, the trend of boy bands seems to capture the hearts and wallets of teenagers across the world. In the early 1990s and early 2000s, groups like NYSNC and the Backstreet Boys were selling out arenas. Even the Baby Boomers had bands like The Beatles and the Beach Boys. Recently, the group that has been at the top of the charts is One Direction.

At the height of their popularity, the shelf life of boy bands is usually a short period of time, spanning between two and five years. This short time frame is due to the fact that after a few years, the target audiences for the groups tend to get older and start to listen to different, and usually better, music.

With the recent release of their fifth studio album, called “Made in the A.M.,” One Direction may be the first boy band to avoid this trend.

The group from across the pond has already beat their boy band predecessors in album releases, with NSYNC and Backstreet Boys only releasing three studio albums at their peak moments of popularity. Although the bands have released several reunion or greatest hit albums since then, One Direction has released an album a year since their record deal in 2011.

One Direction made their first group appearance when original members Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson appeared on the U.K. version of the talent competition, “X Factor.” After coming in third place during the competition, the group was given a record deal by Syco Music founder Simon Cowell.

With each of their five albums, the sound of their music has progressed from the stereotypical “bubblegum pop” sound, to a more alternative and acoustic sound. The evolution of their music is also another reason that One Direction could be the first boy band to successfully make the transformation into a "man band."

The involvement of the members in the writing process of the songs also helps influence a more mature feeling to the music, because each member is able to incorporate his own style of music into the songs. Currently, members Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne have the most writing credits.

As the fans of One Direction get older, the band continues to have their music grow with them.

Evidence of this evolution could be seen in their second album, “Take Me Home," when the group worked with Ed Sheeran on their hit song “Little Things."

As their albums have progressed, the sound continues to change.

Their fifth album, “Made in the A.M.,” has stayed in the number four spot on the iTunes charts, after being released two weeks ago.

This album has several examples of the maturation of the group’s music, from the sweet and acoustic sounding “I Want to Write You a Song," to the Beatles-inspired song, “Olivia.”

Although the songs in this album have more of a rock-and-roll influence, One Direction points back to their pop star roots in the upbeat and fun “End of the Day."

Last spring, the boy band took quite the hit after their former bandmate Zayn Malik left the group for personal reasons. Malik was an important member of the group, often taking on the high notes in the songs, but with Malik gone, the rest of the group has been able to show off their vocal range.

With their success, One Direction has been touring and performing non-stop over the past five years. After the release of their fifth album, One Direction has decided to take a break in 2016, which means there are no plans for a tour with the new album.

The announcement of the hiatus created many rumors about the end of One Direction, but according to Payne, Horan, and Tomlinson, the group is just taking a well-earned break.

Including their gap year, One Direction will have been a band for around seven years. This will be the longest time that a boy band has stuck together.

The end of the break is planned for 2017, and when One Direction comes back, the world will be waiting for what they will do next.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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