When One Direction came on to the music scene, they changed the course of pop music in more ways than one. They sold records in millions, while playing before packed houses in the most famous arenas around the globe. It looked as though there was no stopping this musical juggernaut. Then it call came crashing down.
In 2016, 1D went on a hiatus and its members went on to pursue solo projects. Niall Horan was responsible for a lot of what was so great and appealing about One Direction. Like his other former band members, he has gone solo too and has released an album. Now the time has come for him to hit the road and he will be teaming up with the country star Maren Morris for the “Flicker World Tour 2018.” Book your Niall Horan tickets and get ready to dance to some epic pop and country music, live.
The Early Years
Niall Horan was born in Mullingar, Ireland. He was only five years old when his parents got divorced. Horan used to listen to all sorts of music while growing up. Michael Bublé, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, The Script, Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles were the acts that used to inspire him. His brother Greg was given a guitar as a gift but he was not really interested in playing the instrument. Niall however was and he began to learn to play the instrument by watching videos on YouTube. Then one day he was travelling with his aunt in the car when he began to sing. Her aunt first thought that the radio was on but she was astounded when she found out that it was Niall doing the singing.
The X Factor
Niall Horan then went on to audition for The X Factor in the year 2010. He was only sixteen at the time. Horan sang the song So Sick by Ne-Yo, however the judges gave him mixed comments. After a lot of discussions, it came down to Katy Perry to make the call that would either send him to the next round or send him packing. She voted yes and Horan was picked for the bootcamp. He sang Champagne Supernova in the bootcamp but failed to make the cut. That however was not the end of his run in the show.
Nicole Scherzinger, one of the judges on the show suggested that Niall be put into a boy band with four other contestants. Those four boys were Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles. Together they were named One Direction. The band members clicked right from the very beginning. They were all on the same wavelength and their chemistry was there for everyone to see. One Direction came third on The X Factor but that was just the beginning of something extraordinary.
The One Direction Years
Niall Horan and One Direction got things rolling with the track What Makes You Beautiful in September of 2011. The song went on to reach the top spot on the UK Singles Chart. It also charted in the US, Spain, Scotland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Belgium and New Zealand. In Niall Horan’s country of birth, the song went on to the number one spot. The track was certified quadruple platinum in the US and Sweden. It was certified platinum in the UK and went eight times platinum in Canada.
One Direction then released their debut album Up All Night in November of 2011 in the UK and Ireland. It came out for a worldwide release in the year 2012. The record turned out to be an enormous hit throughout the world. It went on to top charts in sixteen countries around the globe.
Up All Night went twice platinum in the US and Denmark. It was also certified three times platinum in the UK, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada. In Australia it was certified five times platinum while in Europe overall it was certified platinum.
One Direction released four more albums after that. They were titled “Take Me Home,” “Midnight Memories,” “Four” and “Made in the A.M.” Take Me Home was certified two times platinum in the US whereas the other three were certified platinum. 1D won seven American Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, seven Brit Awards, three People’s Choice Awards and a record setting twenty eight Teen Choice Awards.
One Direction also has the distinction of being the first band in history to have all first four albums of theirs chart at the number one position on the Billboard 200 on their debut.
Solo Career and Few Singles
One Direction went on a hiatus in 2016 and while there have been reports that the band might make a return, there has been no official confirmation with regards to that. Niall Horan, just like other members of 1D, is going solo for the time being.
Horan landed a recording contract from Capitol Records in September of 2016. He released his first single as a solo performer on September 29, 2016. Titled, This Town, the track went on to peak at the fourth spot on the US Adult Top 40 charts and at the twelfth spot on the US Mainstream Top 40 chart.
The song also charted in Spain, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Italy and Ireland. This Town was certified platinum in the United States and Sweden. It was certified two times platinum in Horan’s native Ireland, Canada and Australia.
Niall Horan then released the track Slow Hands on May 4, 2017 and it went on to the first spot on the US Adult Top 40, the US Dance Club Songs and the US Mainstream Top 40. The track also charted in multiple countries around the globe. Slow Hands was certified platinum in the US and the UK while it went triple platinum in Ireland and four times platinum in Canada.
The Debut Solo Album
Niall Horan then released his much awaited solo debut studio album “Flicker.” It hit the stores on October 20, 2017 and received four stars out of five from AllMusic. The record also received three stars out of five each from The Guardian, NME and The Telegraph.
Flicker peaked at the first spot on the US Billboard 200 and went as high as the third position on the UK Albums chart. It also went to the number one position in South Korea, Ireland, the Netherlands and Canada. The record also cracked the Top 10 in countries like Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Sweden.
Niall Horan Tour Tickets
Niall Horan performed with country music star Maren Morris at the Country Music Association Awards ceremony on November 8, 2017. Morris had also featured on the track Seeing Blind from Horan’s debut studio album. Now that Horan is about to hit the road for his Flicker World Tour, Morris will be the opening act for the shows scheduled to take place in North America and Oceania. Watch this stunning pop and country combination by getting your Niall Horan tour tickets here.