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Friday, April 13, 2012

One Direction comes to Sydney

One Direction is a British-Irish boy band made up of five members -  Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.  After coming third in the seventh series of Britain's X Factor, they signed a two million pound record contract with Simon Crowell's Syco Records and are currently the most popular group in the world.

But there is another band in the US with the same name and their manager, Dan O'Leary, is furious with Cowell and accuses him of stealing his name.  He's organizing a multi-million dollar law suit and a share of One Direction's earning and there's a rumour going around that their claims are justified.

O'Leary says his boys got together in 2009, a year before Cowell's One Direction first appeared on X Factor.  He said "I don't care how powerful Simon Cowell is, he's crazy if he thinks we're going to lie down over this."

One Direction came to Sydney this week and it's clear that these boys are a massively successful phenomenon.  Rarely do we see the hysteria that surrounded their appearances across the city.  And these kids are different.  Words used to describe them include "wholesome" and "clean cut".  They come from middle-class backgrounds, are polite, well mannered and a credit to their parents.

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Organizers are stepping up security ahead of One Direction's appearance at the Logies on Sunday night, amid fears that fans will mob the Melbourne Crown Casino event.

Just another example of Cowell's Midas touch.