American box stores hoping to peddle One Direction’s new album “Take Me Home” in significant numbers this holiday season should stock it in the checkout aisle where it belongs, near the Twizzlers, betwixt the Twix.
The boy band’s sophomore album is pop candy in the purest sense — sweet, colorful, and unlike so many releases aimed at ticklish tweenage hearts, consistent. There’s no filler in a bag of Skittles, right? Just Skittles.
That makes Simon Cowell the Willy Wonka of this group’s success story, which goes like so: Back in 2010, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson crossed paths on the set of “The X Factor,” the British singing contest that Cowell imported to American television just last year. Each entered the ring as a solo act but the five emerged as One Direction (and finished in third place).
Two years later, the lads have racked up worldwide sales of more than 3 million for their debut album “Up All Night” and have joined Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson in the sparsely populated column of not-horrible reality singing show graduates.