Niall Horan has a very proud family cheering him on from his home in Mullingar, Ireland. Horan and the rest of his group One Direction made record charts history this week when they were the first UK act to debut at number one on US charts – outshining the likes of The Beatles and the Spice Girls.
The Independent reports that Horan has one proud papa waiting for him back home in Ireland. “He has done it, and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Niall’s father, Bobby Horan last night. “The whole country is proud of him.”
Bobby Horan remembers his son as having “never stopped singing from the moment he woke up to the time he went to bed.”
After trying out at the Croke Park auditions for the UK ‘X Factor’ competition in 2010, Horan failed to make it through as a solo artist, but instead was grouped together with four English boys to form One Direction.
The group only came in in third place on the reality competition, but Simon Cowell signed the lads to his label Syco. Since then, the boys have been rising to fame and have securely clinched the US market.
“It’s been an incredible two years,” Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) tweeted this week. Besides the huge announcement that the boys debuted at number one, Nickelodeon announced that they’ve signed One Direction on for a new television show, and yesterday the group announced a North American summer tour.
Cracking the US market is no easy feat for a foreign group; just look to other Irish boy-bands Boyzone and WestLife. The two Irish groups never found the American success that One Direction have already gained.
While Niall Horan and the members of One Direction are enjoying unprecedented success stateside, his family back home misses him. “It is tough that he is so hard to contact. We miss him terribly, it is the downside to all of this,” said his father.
“We are so excited and proud of him. It really is an incredible achievement to hear them being compared to the Beatles.”
One Direction Dad Fears Group ‘Comedown’
One Direction may be enjoying phenomenal success in America but the father of band member Niall Horan is already worried about what will happen when it’s all over.
Earlier this week, One Direction made US chart history by becoming the first UK band to debut at No 1 with their album Up All Night.
Niall’s dad, Bobby Horan, made the comments in an interview with 2FM.
He said: “The only thing I’m worried about is hopefully it’ll be a long period being at the top.
“The comedown from that, I’m a little bit worried about. It’s always at the back of my mind. You’re up there on a high, but it’s a big drop after that.”
However, the popstar’s dad, who is a butcher by trade, felt confident his son was coping well with the pressure of fame, adding: “But he seems to be coping with everything brilliantly – a lot better than I would.”
One Direction seem to have made an impact on the US music industry after the release of their debut single.
The X Factor stars were surrounded by crowds of female fans when they visited America.
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik’s track What Makes You Beautiful has already made it to number ten on the U.S. iTunes Top 100 Songs chart.
One Direction reach top ten in America
The song was released in America on Valentines Day and quickly moved up the charts.
One Direction have proved so popular in the States that the release date for their album Up All Night was brought forward, after fans started to camp outside stores for their copy.
Meanwhile, the lads will not have any problem scoring a drink while supporting Big Time Rush on tour.
Big Time Rush have said they will look after the lads, with band member Kendall Schmidt telling the Daily Star: “We are definitely planning on getting in a little trouble.
“The only problem is that they are underage. They are legal in the UK but not in the States, where the minimum age is 21.
“So we will be like their big brothers, open a few doors for them.”
Maude: What were your first impressions of each other when you guys got thrown together as a band? Do you all get along?
Louis: Yea, I was quite quiet at boot camp. But as far as first impressions for me, I thought Zayn was more quiet. The more I get to know Zayn, he’s definitely not quiet. Harry was still quite charming, pretty boy. Niall was loud, really loud. Honestly, I would have gone away thinking Niall was the king of boot camp. He was the leader of boot camp.
Maude: Most played song on your iPod?
Zayn: Probably a Chris Brown tune. Something off his new album.
Louis: “Look After You,” by The Fray.
Louis: “Viva Forever,” Spice Girls.
Harry: Ha. “Paradise,” by Coldplay.
Niall: “Wanted Dead or Alive,” by Bon Jovi.
Liam: Probably a John Mayer song off Where The Light Is. I can’t remember the name, its track 2 or 3…
Niall: “In The Atmosphere?”
Niall: Yes, yes.
Maude: Your first stateside single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” comes out Valentines Day in the US. What are you guys planning on doing on Valentine’s Day?
Liam: We’re actually meant to be in France. There’s a trip lined up to Paris. The City of Love!
Louis: If we haven’t got any dates, well all just have to go out to dinner together. Otherwise we’re gonna be pretty depressing to be honest.
Zayn: All five of us are going to sit in the Eiffel Tower restaurant together.
Niall: Finish each other’s spaghetti and stuff like that.