1. One Direction & The Wanted: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 27, 2012 12:05 PM EDT When Melissa Lonner, senior entertainment producer for NBC's "Today," booked Brit pop quintet One Direction in January, she scheduled the group for a routine in-studio performance. But once news broke that the boyish fivesome would be at 30 Rock, a deluge of fan emails flooded…

  2. One Direction Has Highest Hot 100 Debut For New U.K. Act Since 1998

    February 22, 2012 5:55 PM EST Vocal group One Direction makes waves on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week as its "What Makes You Beautiful" debuts at No. 28. It's the highest bow for a U.K. act's debut U.S. single in nearly 14 years. "Beautiful" sold 132,000 downloads in its first…