One Direction (sometimes referred to as 1D) are a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. The group was signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music after being formed and placing third in the seventh series of the British version of television show The X Factor. The group was later signed in North America, to Columbia Records. [More at Wikipedia]