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‘Fourth’ banks on One Direction’s maturing performing chops

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ONE DIRECTION. Is pop music’s famous quintet immune to bad publicity?

Will the recent controversies involving One Direction—from weed-smoking to plagiarism—put a dent on the famous quintet’s chart-topping feats? When “Midnight Memories,” the group’s third studio recording, was released in November last year, 1D became the first band in the history of the Billboard 200 to have its first three albums debut at No. 1. Will “Fourth,” the latest album of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, follow suit?

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One Direction, Bono sing to raise Ebola funds

One Direction. AP File Photo

LONDON — Pop singers and musicians including One Direction, Bono and Ellie Goulding have joined forces to record a charity song to raise funds to ease Africa’s Ebola crisis. The recording is a new version of the Band Aid charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” which was first recorded 30 years ago to raise […]

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Review: One Direction uneven at stadium concert

This image released by Starpix shows director Morgan Spurlock (second right) with members of One Direction (from left) Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, and Liam Payne (right) at the premiere of the film "One Direction: This Is Us," at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. AP

In just four years, One Direction has cultivated a feverish fan base so strong, the boy band can sell out US stadiums, a feat that mirrors ‘N Sync’s success more than a decade ago, and an achievement only a handful of musicians can claim.

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Shane Filan: There will always be boy bands

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FORMER Westlife member Shane Filan had  doubts about going solo, and had “second, third, fourth thoughts.”

Music trends go in cycles—what was considered the rage more than 10 years ago could well make a comeback, differently packaged.

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One Direction star Louis Tomlinson buys football club

Things are heading in a new direction for English third-division soccer team Doncaster.

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