One Direction Tops U.S. Charts, Announces North American Tour

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By Radar Staff

If you haven’t heard of One Direction, you soon will.

The British/Irish boy band has announced its first-ever North American Tour, as news broke that the group made history as the first U.K. group to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their debut album Up All Night. The album’s first single, What Makes You Beautiful, debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 only a month ago.

Ryan Seacrest announced Wednesday on his KIIS-FM radio show that the U.K. singing sensations would soon be invading America, starting May 24 in Fairfax, Virginia and sweeping through the nation.

AUDIO: Ryan Seacrest Announces One Direction’s  North American Tour

The group – consisting of five boys (4 Brits and one Irish lad)  – was formed on the 2010 edition of the British version of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor. (They placed third.)

So far, 21 dates on the tour have been announced with more planned. Tickets go on sale March 24.

One Direction Tour:

May:
24 — Fairfax, VA (Patriot Center)
25 — East Rutherford, NJ (Izod Center)   
26 — New York, NY (Beacon Theatre)    
28 — Philadelphia, PA (Tower Theatre)    
29 — Toronto, Ontario (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)

June:
1 — Detroit, MI (Fox Theatre)   
2 — Chicago, IL (Allstate Arena)   
8 — San Diego, CA (Viejas Arena)   
9 — Las Vegas, NV (Planet Hollywood)  
10 — Phoenix, AZ (Comerica Theatre)   
13 — San Jose, CA (Events Center)   
14 — Oakland, CA (Paramount Theatre)   
16 — Los Angeles, CA (Gibson Amphitheatre)   
17 — Anaheim, CA (The Theatre At Honda Center)  
23 — Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)  
24 — Houston, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)   
26 — Atlanta, GA (The Arena At Gwinett Center)   
27 — Charlotte, NC (Time Warner Cable Arena)   
29 — Tampa, FL (1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre)
30 — Orlando, FL (Amway Center)

July:  
1 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL   (Bank Atlantic Center)

One Direction is set to perform on Saturday Night Live on April 7, with host Sofia Vergara. On March 12, the group performed on NBC’s Today, and 10,000 screaming (mostly young) fans flooded Rockefeller Plaza in NYC.

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