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If you were to look at the iTunes Top 10 right now, you would probably find two artists that you are unfamiliar with: The Wanted and One Direction. These two groups, both boy bands from Europe, are racing up the American music charts in their quest to make it big in the States. Both The Wanted and One Direction have had massive success in Europe. Now, they are helping bring the idea of the boy band back to the United States. Here is a look at the two bands that you will probably be seeing a lot of in the upcoming months!

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are members of One Direction. The band was formed for U.K.’s The X Factor after each of its member failed to qualify as solo artists. The group placed third in the competition and was signed to Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco Records. One Direction released their album, Up All Night , in November 2011, and it became the fastest-selling debut album of the year. Their fans call themselves “Directioners.” The group began their journey in the States after they signed with Columbia Records. They released their album in the States on March 13, 2012, and it has been at the top of the charts ever since. Up All Night reached number one on the Billboard Top 200 during its first week, the first time a U.K. group has reached number one with a debut album. Niall Horan had this to say about their success on the charts:

“When we got put together as a group, we couldn’t imagine ourselves coming to America, let alone releasing our album here, so for us to be sitting at the top of the US album charts is unbelievable.”

On a recent trip to the Today Show, the Directioners caused all sorts of chaos when they took over the plaza where the group was performing. One Direction just announced that they will be going on tour in the United States. Other upcoming events for Directioners to look forward to are One Direction’s performance at the Kids Choice Awards, on Saturday Night Live, and on iCarly.

The Wanted is a band comprised of Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker, Max George, and Nathan Sykes. The group was formed through an audition process and signed to Geffen Records. Their U.K. debut album, The Wanted , was released in 2010 and reached number four on the U.K. Albums Chart. Their second U.K. album, Battleground, brought on several singles that reached high positions on the charts. The Wanted were picked up by Scooter Braun in America and asked by Ellen Degeneres to appear on her show. After performing on The Ellen Degeneres Show, the band covered America on a tour, going to local radio stations and high schools, as well as performing on The Chelsea Lately Show and having their single “Glad You Came” covered by Glee. They also performed in venues across the country and all shows were sold out. “Glad You Came” helped them make history as the highest American Billboard chart entry by a British boy band. Since then, the band has completed an arena tour in Europe and is now back in the States. They performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and at MTV’s Spring Break in Las Vegas. The group was the first artist to ever bring their fans on stage with them on Leno. Band member Nathan Sykes had this to say about their success:

“I think that we’re very fortunate in our position, and I think that a lot of people would give their right arm to be in the position we’re in at the moment. So we’re very lucky but we’re just gonna keep on working hard and see if we can expand on the success that we’ve had so far.”

Their fans, the TWFanmily, also have several other events to look forward to. The Wanted will be on Punk’d, The View, and The Today Show, and their U.S. album, The Wanted, will be released on April 24th.

Of course, there are other boy bands out there, but these two seem to be the most promising if you look solely at their prior achievements and their current U.S. chart positions. What do you think? Are you a fan of either band? Do you think you will be?

Follow One Direction on Twitter: @onedirection @NiallOfficial @Harry_Styles @zaynmalik @Real_Liam_Payne @Louis_Tomlinson

Follow The Wanted on Twitter: @thewantedmusic @SivaTheWanted @NathanTheWanted @MaxTheWanted @TomTheWanted @JayTheWanted

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  • Tom

    Ugh. Why do you call them “European” as if Europe is all one country? Europe is a huge and diverse place comprising many many different countries. These bands are both British. I hate it when Americans do that. (Forgive me if I’ve wrongly assumed that you’re American)

    • Heck

      i
      know how you feel!!  It is one of my pet
      peeves. i always get irritated when (mostly Americans) refer to Europe as a
      country rather than a continent.
      i get EVEN MORE annoyed when people refer to Africa as a country! and ask
      stupid questions like do you speak African?….  seriously don’t you know
      that there a so many countries is Africa?  some countries in Africa have over 100 different languages and dialects!
      I find it so ignorant sometimes. but i suppose its not their fault….

    • Becca

      Eh. I agree with you (most students in my class can’t describe the difference between England and the UK), but a lot of British (and Europeans) do the same about America. We may be one country but we are as vastly diverse as Europe. A few of my Scottish friends think that all there is in the U.S. is Disney World, NYC, and LA. When we took them to Missouri and Texas, they got to see how vast and beautiful the mountains and prairies can be. 

      (And we aren’t all dumb and fat…) 

      It’s just social generalizations. I find it best to not get bogged down by them.

      • Tom

        I agree that America is hugely diverse too, but nowhere near as much as Europe.

        • Becca

          Well America is called “The Melting Pot” for a reason. I think its a perspective thing. 

          • Tom

            I thought “The Melting Pot” referred to different cultures blending together and losing their identity, which would kind of work against your argument.

  • Emily

    In fairness one member of each band is Irish and Irish is most definitely NOT British!

    • Becca

      LOL. 

    • Tom

      Very true. Although they are mostly British, were formed in Britain and are based in Britain. (Plus Irish was British until not too long ago, but let’s not get into that!)

  • SpiritWitch120

    I laughed when it said two bands we’d be unfamiliar with and then realised this was aimed at Americans and the like and not the British who have known about them for a long time like me.

  • Van

    I would care less about them…..I prefer that BIGBANG or other Kpop groups come to the U.S.

    • Yay!

      I love K-pop………but I also LOVE One Direction! :D 

  • Kyriela

    Actually depends wat part of Ireland they are from as 2 whether they are British or not but it really annoys me as well! America might b a melting pot but Europe has many different countries in it with many different languages an cultures. These bands are from Britian which is a part of Europe but be more specific! It’s like saying Daniel Radcliffe is European!

  • Denicajo

    i’ve definitely lately been straying from my usual punk/alternative/indie/rock bands as of late and listening to the newer boy bands as well.  i honestly think this just goes along with the whole 90s will always be the best time in the world trend on the internet (that every generation seems to have had and will have with their own childhood decade). were growing up and feel the need to revert back things that remind us of the “good ol days”. Not that this is a bad thing or anything, i’ve always kept all my olds NSYNC songs on my ipod and just a few months ago added tons of One Direction. Its just nice to go back and listen to the songs of/ remind you of your childhood.
    Its also a nice change in pop music, which usually consists of auto-tuned, over-processed, over played, drinking songs.

  • Catherine

    Look at how young the kids are in that picture!  God, I’m old :(  I was an *N Sync fan back in the day.

  • Mel

    In all fairness, there is an Irish member in each group. What would you have liked the author to say? They were making a generalization to fit both groups (I’m assuming) and “European” was what they believed best. Just a thought. 

    As for the bands, both are talented and will/do have large American fan bases as well as in other countries.

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