One Direction has once again debuted at No. 1 in several countries. This time, it's for the single "Story of My Life," which debuted at the top of the iTunes singles charts after it was released on Oct. 28, 2013.
The United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Spain are among the countries where "Story of My Life" debuted at No. 1 on iTunes. The song debuted in the Top 5 on iTunes in other countries such as Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Portugal.
"Story of My Life" is the second single from One Direction's third album, "Midnight Memories, which will be released worldwide Nov. 25, 2013.
Based on pre-orders, the "Midnight Memories" album (deluxe edition) rocketed into the Top 10 of iTunes last week in numerous countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.
The huge surge in pre-orders happened after One Direction announced on Oct. 21, 2013, that people who pre-order "Midnight Memories" on iTiunes will automatically get four tracks from the album in advance: "Story of My Life" on Oct. 28, 2013, followed by another track (to be announced) on Nov. 18, another track (to be announced) on Nov. 20 and another track (to be announced) on Nov. 22.
One Direction came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010. The group is signed to Syco Music, the record company co-owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music. Cowell mentored One Direction on "The X Factor."
One Direction is the best-selling act worldwide to emerge from "The X Factor." According to Sony Music, as of October 2013, One Direction has sold 32 million singles, albums and DVDs worldwide.
"Midnight Memories" is expected to debut at No. 1 in several countries' album charts after its official release on Nov. 25, 2013. One Direction's first two albums ("Up All Night" and "Take Me Home") also debuted at No. 1 in many countries. One Direction is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only U.K. group to have its first two albums debut at No. 1 in the U.S.
As previously reported, "Midnight Memories" has 14 tracks on the standard edition and 18 tracks on the deluxe edition.
As previously reported, "Midnight Memories" is scheduled for a worldwide release on Nov. 25, 2013. One Direction's first two albums ("Up All Night" and "Take Me Home") each debuted at No. 1 in several countries. "Midnight Memories" is expected to do the same.
"Best Song Ever," the first single from "Midnight Memories," was a Top 10 hit in several countries when it was released in July 2013. The album's second single, "Story of My Life," will be released on a date to be announced.
As previously reported, that there will be a 1D Day worldwide event on Nov. 23, 2013.
According to the announcement: "1D Day will give fans from every corner of the world a unique opportunity to enter into One Direction’s lives through a seven-hour live broadcast with the band. 1D Day will be broadcast live from Los Angeles ... with further details to be announced.
"1D Day is the first live event of its kind, enabling fans from different countries and time-zones the chance to interact with the band throughout the live stream broadcast. With the quality of a high-end HD production and the intimacy of a web chat, the event will provide unparalleled access to One Direction’s world, helping the band reach fans in every country. It will feature special guest appearances, sketches with the band, fan-generated videos and live broadcasts from different countries.
"The 1D Day campaign launches today [Oct. 2, 2013] with competitions and fan events around the world which will ensure the fans are as big a part of the broadcast as the special guests and the band themselves. Fans should check the band’s social media (Google+, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) and official site regularly for updates on how to get involved."
One Direction's 2013 world tour so far has gone to Europe and North America. For the rest of 2013, One Direction has tour dates in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. In 2014, One Direction launches the group's first stadium tour, which has announced dates in South America, the U.K. and Ireland. More 2014 tour dates for One Direction are to be announced.
One Direction also starred in the 3-D documentary "One Direction: This Is Us," which was released in several countries in late August 2013. According to Rentrak, "One Direction: This Is Us" so far has more than $62 million in ticket sales worldwide.
One Direction will be doing numerous personal appearances (exact dates to be announced) to promote "Midnight Memories." "The X Factor" also already announced that One Direction will perform on the U.K. and U.S. editions of "The X Factor" in 2013 on dates to be announced. One Direction performed "Best Song Ever" on "The X Factor" Australia on Oct. 27, 2013.
Meanwhile, One Direction is set to perform at the 2013 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 24. The group is nominated for two awards at the ceremony: Favorite Album - Pop/Rock (for "Take Me Home") and Favorite Band, Duo or Group.