Monday, June 17, 2024

One Direction Is Not Over for Good, Kids– They’re Just on Break, And This is Why


US Weekly, which serves little purpose in this world, “reported” today that pop group One Direction had disbanded permanently. It was either clickbait or an out and out lie. The boys will be associated for a long time.

Earlier this year One Direction said it was taking a break. The boys will try solo projects. But trust me, they will be back. And they’re not going anywhere anyway. They owe Sony greatest hits albums, and live albums. The label has advanced them a lot of money. Someone has to pay it back.

With the David Bowie death pushing all of his albums onto iTunes, and Apple discounting a lot of albums this week, One Direction’s “Made in the AM” got kicked down to number 37 after a good run in the top 10. Now it’s number 33. Not a big jump, but something.

My guess is someone “leaked” this to US Weekly to give the album a little publicity. Last fall when their single “Drag Me Down” had been dragged down, the announcement came about the hiatus. Sales of “Drag Me Down” perked right up. These things are not coincidences. I would also guess that by the time they reunite, even Zayn will be back.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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