The British-Irish boy band One Direction comes out with their second studio album - Take Me Home which was recorded in May-August 2012 and was finally released on the 9th of November 2012. The album Take me Home is a follow-up to One Direction's debut album, Up All Night which was released in 2011 and was an International success. Take Me Home has an average of five songwriters per song. One Direction's debut album Up All Night and Take Me Home were the best selling albums in 2012 getting the third and the fifth positions in the United States respectively.
One Direction began with the recording of the album in May 2012, at Kinglet Studios in Stockholm. The artpiece of the album cover contains the group around a traditional British K2 red telephone box, which is very commonly seen on the streets of the United Kingdom. The band showcased their performance of the song "Little Things" at the Royal Variety Performance in 2012 in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, and had also titled a show at New York City's Madison Square Garden on the 3rd of December 2012.
The song list of the album is :
"Live While We're Young", written by - Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk, and Produced by - Yacoub, Falk.
"Kiss You", written by -Falk, Albin Nedler, Kotecha, Kristoffer Fogelmark, Yacoub, Ed Sheeran, Kristian Lundin, Fiona Bevan, Shellback, and Produced by - Falk, Yacoub.
"Little Things", written by - Ed Sheeran, Fiona Bevan and Produced by - Jake Gosling.
"C'mon C'mon", written by - Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, John Ryan and produced by Bunetta, Ryan.
"Last First Kiss", written by - Fogelmark, Nedler, Kotecha, Zayn Malik, Yacoub, Falk, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Produced by - Falk, Yacoub, Nedler, Fogelmark.
"Heart Attack", written by - Shellback, Kotecha, Yacoub, Falk, Lundin, and produced by - Shellback, Falk, Yacoub.
"Rock Me", written by - Allan Grigg, Lukasz Gottwald, Sam Hollander, Henry Walter, Peter Svensson, and produced by - Dr. Luke, Kool Kojak, Cirkut, Emily Wright.
"Change My Mind", written by - Yacoub, Falk, Kotecha, and produced by - Yacoub, Falk.
"I Would", written by - Tom Fletcher, Dannie Jones, Dougie Poynter, and produced by - Sam Waters, Bunetta, Ryan.
"Over Again", written by - Sheeran, Robert Conlon, Alexander Gowers, and produced by - Gosling.
"Back For You", written by - Fogelmark, Nedler, Kotecha, Yacoub, Payne, Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and produced by - Falk, Yacoub, Fogelmark, Nedler.
"They Don't Know About Us", written by -Louis Tomlinson, Tommy Lee James, Harry Styles, Peter Wallevik, Tebey Ottoh, Tommy P Gregersen, Harry Styles, Tommy Lee James, and produced by - Ottoh, Bunetta, Ryan.
"Summer Love", written by - Payne, Tomlinson, Malik, Horan, Styles, Steve Robson, Wayne Hector, Lindy Robbins, and produced by - Robson.
Singles from Take Me Home are :
Live While We're Young, written by Rami Yacoub, Savan Kotecha, Carl Falk, and was released on 28th September 2012.
Little Things, released on 12th November 2012 and written by Ed Sheeran, Fiona Bevan.
Kiss You, released on 8th February 2013 and written by Shellback, Yacoub, Falk, Kotecha, Kristoffer Fogelmark, Ed Sheeran, Kristian Lundin, Albin Nedler, Fiona Bevan.
"Live While We're Young" is the album's lead single, reaching in the top ten worldwide. The following singles, "Little Things" and "Kiss You", were not too successful, however topped the UK Singles Chart. To brace up the release of the album, One Direction performed all the songs of the album in various broadcast programmes and also during their worldwide tour for the album Take Me Home. The tour consisted of more than 100 shows in Europe, Australia and North America.
The Ticket sales peaked 300,000 in a day of release Ireland and the United Kingdom, which had around a six-date selling out at the "The O2 Arena" in London. In the New Zealand and Australian markets, the tickets fetched US$15.7 million with almost 190,000 tickets being sold for the shows to be held. The tour received a lot of praises from the music critics on their performance abilities, their vocals and was also a commercial success by selling 1,635,000 tickets from 134 shows.
The album's songs were distinguished by vocal harmonies, prominent electric guitar riffs, metronomic pop, hand claps, equivalent message and sound, and sequence of lead singers. The lyrics of the songs talk about falling in love, unanswered love, jealousy, commitment and longing for ex partners. The voices of the singers are granted individually on the record. Take Me Home gathered a lot of positive reviews from the critics. There were praises for its production, however criticism centered generic, rushed nature.
The album topped the charts in more than 35 countries worldwide, and sold 4.4 million units, being the fourth best selling album of 2012. One Direction was the second act in 2012 to attain two number-one albums enclosed by a 12-month period, and the very first boy band in US chart history to land two number-one albums in a year.
About the band
One Direction is a British-Irish pop boy band, also usually recognized as "1D", based in London. One Direction's band members include Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles. They signed with Syco Records, a record label of Simon Cowell after getting the third position in the seventh series of the British telecast Singing Competition "The X Factor" in 2010. One Direction was awarded with four Brit Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards along with a lot others. Nick Gatfield, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Sony Music Entertainment UK, according to him, One Direction typified a $50 million business empire by June 2012.
They were declared as the "Top New Artist" by Billboard in 2012. According to the "Sunday Times Rich List", the band acquired a personal unified wealth of around $25 million which made them the second wealthiest musicians in the United Kingdom under the age group of 30.
In the British telecast singing competition "The X Factor", Nicole Scherzinger who was a guest judge in the competition, and Simon Cowell, both of them claimed to have come up with the idea of creating the band "One Direction" in the competition which included Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson,Harry Styles, Niall Horan. Although Harry Styles came up with the name of the band "One Direction", Cowell said that it just took him 10 minutes to put them together as a group. The group rapidly acquired popularity in the United Kingdom and finished in third place and right after the final, their sond "Forever Young", which was supposed to be released only if they had won "The X Factor", was leaked on the internet. Later it was confirmed that One Direction was signed by Simon Cowell to a $2 million Syco Records contract.
These boys have conquered the mind and hearts of many teenage girls. It's the shouts of One Direction all around. "Take Me Home" has a higly entertaining song list and everyone would enjoy listening to all the songs. Enjoy the singles too. Who does not love One Direction, right? Go on and get the pack of this Audio CD containing one disk of the entire album containing a total of thirteen songs. This album by One Direction will not disappoint you and will also prove to be cost efficient at the same time.
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