ONE Direction have been named Billboard’s artiste of the year 2014.
The ranking takes into consi-deration the group’s chart per-formance on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 album chart throughout the year, from December 7 last year to November 29, as well as their social, streaming and boxscore data.
Over the course of the year, the boys released their third stu-dio album ‘Midnight Memories’ and embarked on their ‘Where We Are’ world – the highest-grossing tour of the year, raking in US$290 million from 69 performances across the globe.
The band – made up of Louis Tomlinson, 22, Zayn Malik, 21, Harry Styles, 20, Niall Horan, 21, and Liam Payne, 21 – are the ninth group to take home the title since it was established in 1981.
The quintet are the first group to take home the title since Des-tiny’s Child were named artiste of the year back in 2001 and have become the fifth non-American artiste to receive the distinction after Brit George Michael in 1988, Swedish band Ace of Base in 1994 and London-born Adele in both 2011 and 2012. – BANG!