enters the Billboard chart this week at #1

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3.5 of 5.0 by allmusic

4th studio album
with 2 strikes against them (boy band and X-Factor) the group debuts at #1 here
as they say, laughing all the way to the bank

artist website - http://www.onedirectionmusic.com/us/home

Bio - from allmusic

Following the success of JLS and the Wanted, X Factor contestants One Direction were the next group of heartthrobs to help revive the boy-band
concept. The quintet outdid all of its predecessors, becoming the biggest boy band since Take That, selling millions of albums and singles,
filling arenas and making movies, while hitting number one many times over across the world with undeniably hooky songs and plenty of boy-next-
door charm.

The group was formed by Niall Horan from Mullingar, Ireland; Zayn Malik from Bradford; Harry Styles from Cheshire; Louis Tomlinson from
Doncaster, and Liam Payne from Wolverhampton (the latter had previously reached the judge's house stages of The X Factor as a 14-year-old back
in 2008). Each originally entered 2010's seventh series of The X Factor as individuals, but following a suggestion from guest judge Nicole
Scherzinger, they were grouped together to become One Direction. Mentored by Simon Cowell, they soon became one of the favorites to win the
show, thanks to renditions of Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You," Elton John's "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," and
Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart." However, despite receiving a standing ovation for their duet with Robbie Williams ("She's the One")
in the live final, they eventually finished third behind Rebecca Ferguson and winner Matt Cardle.

Spotting the potential of five Justin Bieber-esque teen pinups, Cowell signed them to his Syco label in a two-million dollar deal, and after
performing on the X Factor tour, the quintet began work on its debut album with Savan Kotecha (Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias). Following a
sponsorship deal with Nintendo DS and a book, Forever Young, named after their cover of the Alphaville classic that was intended to be their
winner's song, they released their first single, "What Makes You Beautiful," in late 2011. The full-length album Up All Night followed soon
after. In 2012, One Direction became the first British band to debut on top of the Billboard 200 list when Up All Night sold over 176,000 copies
during its first week of release in America.

In late 2012, One Direction released their sophomore album, Take Me Home. Highlighting more of the band's melodic pop, Take Me Home featured
songs and production via Sweden's Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, and Savan Kotecha, who worked on Up All Night, as well as contributions from
singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. The album proved to be another smash and topped charts around the world, earning multi-platinum certification in
half a dozen countries. The singles "Live While We're Young" and "Little Things" also hit number one across the globe, and "Kiss You" reached
the Top Ten in the U.S.

One Direction then embarked on a globe-spanning tour in which the band played over 100 shows, including six sold-out nights at London's massive
O2 Arena. At the same time, they were being filmed by director Morgan Spurlock for This Is Us, a mix of documentary and concert footage that
proved to be successful at the box office when it was released in August of 2013. While they were touring, One Direction also began work on
their third album, Midnight Memories. Released just in time for the 2013 holidays, the record featured songwriting input from all the members, a
new production team, and some new folk and '80s hair metal influences. It nearly outdid Take Me Home and Up All Night, peaking at number one in
seven countries and spawning the singles "Best Song Ever" and "Story of My Life."

Early the following year, the band was embroiled in controversy after a video emerged that appeared to show Malik and Tomlinson smoking
cannabis. Conservative tween fans were horrified, boycotting shows and even going so far as to burn their concert tickets. The scandal failed to
make much of a dent in One Direction's popularity, however, and they bounced back after a muted apology. They continued to tour the world for
most of the rest of the year, but still found time to record a fourth album, which was released in late 2014. Produced by the same team who
handled Midnight Memories, Four similarly looked back to the '80s for inspiration and featured a new song from old friend Ed Sheeran.

Album Review - from allmusic

If it's November and you're a One Directioner it can only mean one thing...time for another album. Four is the band's fourth album in four
years, each released just in time for optimal holiday-season gift-giving. It's their fourth well-crafted, packed-with-great-pop-songs album in a
row. Despite rumors flying about possible collaborations with everyone from John Legend to Pharrell to Good Charlotte, the band mostly worked
with the same production team from Midnight Memories (Julian Bunetta and John Ryan) to craft an album that sounds perfectly up to date, but also
just different enough from the usual chart-fodder to sound distinctive. Though the group and its team generally do a fine job with ballads, the
tracks on Four with a little more life in them are the standouts. "Girl Almighty" is an odd mixture of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," Paul
Simon, and Bollywood pop that doesn't sound like anything else on the charts, a couple tracks ("Stockholm Syndrome," "Fireproof") follow HAIM's
lead and mix Fleetwood Mac-inspired vocal harmonies and sweetly slick '80s pop in a very pleasant way, and a handful more continue the group's
odd but welcome fascination with '80s pop/rock, especially the very, very Journey-sounding "Steal My Girl." "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," too,
feels like it time-traveled from the airwaves of an AOR station in 1984, where it was happily sandwiched between cuts by Bon Jovi and Bryan
Adams. These tracks sound so good they can't help but overshadow the ballads that make up the rest of the record. It's becoming more clear with
each record that in their current incarnation, the guys in One D are way better at the fun songs than they are at the ballads. Songs like the
facile "Night Changes" and the overblown "Spaces" sound overcooked and the one big name they worked with, Ed Sheeran, lets down the side with
his mawkish "18." The lads sound much more convincing as fun-loving party boys or slightly melancholic crooners, and when they reach for the big
emotions, they just can't reach them. Luckily on Four the scales are tipped heavily in favor of the kind of songs they do best, with the
majority of them sounding like good-time hits that will go a long way toward warming up a cold November night.

already posted 4 tracks from this as singles and I liked 3 of them
I like this one too:

Track Listing

1. Steal My Girl
2. Ready to Run
3. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
4. 18
5. Girl Almighty
6. Fool's Gold
7. Night Changes
8. No Control
9. Fireproof
10. Spaces
11. Stockholm Syndrome
12. Clouds