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For the song by the same name, see Midnight Memories (song)

Midnight Memories is the third studio album by British-Irish boy band One Direction, released on November 25, 2013 by Columbia RecordsSyco Music and Sony Music. It was available for pre-order on September 09, 2013.

The album was described as having a "slightly rockier tone" than their previous efforts.[1] It has become the fastest-selling album in Amazon UK's history, breaking the record set by One Direction's previous release, Take Me Home (2012). The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, making One Direction the first group in history to debut at number one in the US with their first three albums.[2] The album was preceded by the release of the singles "Best Song Ever" and "Story of My Life".

Background

One Direction began working on their third studio album whilst embarking on their second international tour, the Take Me Home Tour. The album was announced simultaneously with the news of the band's third world tour, the Where We Are Tour, which subsequently led fans to wrongly assume that the album title would be named "Where We Are".[3]

Member Louis Tomlinson proclaimed that the album would have a "rockier" sound to it than the band's previous releases. The official title of the album was announced on 6 September 2013, starting with Zayn Malik tweeting a teaser video of Harry Styles spelling out the word "Mid" out of a pile of alphabet cards on the floor, followed by a full video posted on the band's Instagram account later on, revealing the title, Midnight Memories.[4][5]

The album artwork was released early exclusively by The Sun via a tweet which was then confirmed to be the official artwork through the band's official Twitter account, though the early access was only available for those who held a membership of the newspaper's online version. On 11 October, the band presented the album's final track list through the "#MidnightMemoriesTrackQuiz" hashtag on Twitter by giving out a mixture of hints and blank spaces to be filled alongside the final result. The full track list for the deluxe edition was later shown on iTunes.

A TV advert was released and seen on YouTube as well as on TV. There were also posters in bus stops and on billboards. There were countdown videos till the day of the album release on November 25th. The album was leaked on November 18, 2013, seven days ahead of its official release. The band participated in a seven hour long livestream called 1D Day as part of promotion for the album. It was released on November 25, 2013 and a video posted on their channel. It reached number 1 in over 90 countries and all 18 tracks appeared on the iTunes Top 100 chart in America by the end of the day.

Singles

Tour

Main article: Where We Are Tour

The tour was announced at a press conference in Wembley Stadium on May 16, 2013, confirming the band would be embarking on a stadium world tour in 2014. They released the first 13 dates in total - 8 dates for Latin America, 1 for Ireland and 4 for the United Kingdom on the official webpage along with another message that another #1BIGANNOUNCMENT was "coming soon!" Later, 2 more dates were added for Latin America, 1 for Ireland and 2 for the United Kingdom.

Editions

Main article: Midnight Memories (album)/Editions

Tracklisting

The track listing was announced via the band's Twitter account on October 11, 2013. Where the bonus tracks appear as additional tracks in international territories, the British release finds them on a separate four-track bonus disc. Unlike any other release of the album, the Japanese version includes "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)", as well as two further bonus tracks. An exclusive review of the album posted by The Sun on 17 November listed writing credits of many of the tracks.

Standard Edition
# Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Best Song Ever" Wayne Hector, John Ryan, Haille Walker, Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, Matt Rad 3:20
2. "Story of My Life" Jamie Scott, John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles Julian Bunetta, John Ryan 4:05
3. "Diana" John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne Julian Bunetta, John Ryan 3:05
4. "Midnight Memories" Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, John Ryan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne Julian Bunetta, John Ryan 2:56
5. "You & I" Hector , Mich Hansen, Bunetta , Harry Johnson, Joseph Belmaati, Alistair Tennant Julian Bunetta, John Ryan 3:57
6. "Don't Forget Where You Belong" Niall Horan, Tom FletcherDanny Jones,Dougie Poynter Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter, Tom Fletcher 4:0
7. "Strong" Louis Tomlinson, John Ryan, Jamie Scott, Julian Bunetta Julian Bunetta, John Ryan 3:04
8. "Happily" Harry Styles, Savan KotechaCarl Falk Carl Falk, Kristian Lundin 2:55
9. "Right Now" Ryan Tedder, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson [Ryan Tedder]], Jake Gosling 3:20
10. "Little Black Dress" Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, John Theodore Geiger Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, John Theodore Geiger 2:37
11. "Through The Dark" Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Jamie Scott, Toby Smith Jamie Scott, Toby Smith, John Ryan 3:41
12. "Something Great" Harry Styles, Jacknife Lee, Gary Lightbody (of Snow Patrol) Jacknife Lee 3:56
13. "Little White Lies" Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett, John Ryan, Wayne Hector Julian Bunetta, John Ryan 3:17
14. "Better Than Words" Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, Jamie Scott Julian Bunetta, John Ryan 3:27

Commercial Performance

The album debuted at number one on the Irish Albums Chart and number two on the Dutch Albums Chart. On 29 November 2013, it was announced that it had become the fastest-selling album of 2013 in the UK, with 187,660 copies sold in four days. It was revealed on 1 December 2013, that the album had sold in excess of 237,000 copies in its first week in the UK, beating Gary Barlow's Since I Saw You Last, and becoming the fastest selling album in the UK since Michael Bublé's Christmas in December 2011, as well as outperforming One Direction's two previous albums Up All Night (2011) and Take Me Home (2012).[6] It became the best-selling album of 2013 in the UK with 685,000 copies sold for the year.[7]

“This tops an amazing year for us!” Liam Payne told OfficialCharts.com. “We're so excited to have the biggest selling album in the UK this year, especially with a record we are all so proud of. We'd like to thank everyone who has bought the album, it really means a lot to us.”

In the United StatesMidnight Memories debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 546,000 copies sold. This made One Direction the first group in Billboard 200 history to debut at No. 1 with its first three albums, and the first to reach No. 1 with its first three albums since 1967. The album sold 1,096,000 copies in five weeks in the United States, making it the twelfth best-selling album of 2013 in the United States. As of August 2015, it has sold over 1.51 million copies in the U.S.

Midnight Memories also debuted at numbers one and two on the ARIA Albums Chart and the New Zealand Albums Chart, and was certified Platinum and Gold, respectively, in its first week. The album went on to sell over 60,000 copies in Mexico after only three days, being certified Platinum.

Despite being released towards the year's end, Midnight Memories nevertheless became the best-selling album of 2013 worldwide according to the IFPI, with sales of over four million copies in only 5 weeks.

Additional Credits

(Credits taken from Midnight Memories's liner notes.)

  • R.J. Shaughnessy - photography
  • Calvin Aurand - photography
  • Fluidesign - design
  • Tom Coyne - mastering at Sterling Sound

Chart Performance

Weekly Charts

Charts (2013) Peak

Position

Australian Albums (ARIA) 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) 2
Brazilian Albums (ABPD) 3
Canadian Albums (Billboard) 1
China Albums (Sino Chart) 4
Croatian Albums (Croatian Albums Chart) 1
Cypriot Albums (Official Cyprus Charts) 1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI) 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten) 1
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts) 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 5
Greek Albums (IFPI) 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) 1
Irish Albums (IRMA) 1
Italian Albums (FIMI) 2
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 3
Mexican Albums (AMPROFON) 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) 1
Polish Albums (ZPAV) 2
Portuguese Albums (AFP) 1
South African Albums (RISA) 4
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
Taiwanese Albums (G-Music) 1
UK Albums (OCC) 1
US Billboard 200 1

Monthly Charts

Chart (2013) Peak

Position

Argentine Monthly Albums (CAPIF) 1

Year - End Charts

Charts (2013) Peak

Position

Argentine Albums Chart 4
Australian Albums Chart 6
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 29
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 67
Brazilian Albums Chart 10
Danish Albums Chart 4
Hungarian Albums Chart 27
Italian Albums Chart 8
Irish Albums Chart 2
Japanese Albums Chart 73
Mexican Albums Chart 2
New Zealand Albums Chart 8
Polish Albums Chart 12
Spanish Albums Chart 6
Swedish Albums Chart 10
Swiss Albums Chart 69
UK Albums Chart 1
Charts (2014) Peak

Position

Australian Albums Chart 86
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 39
Canadian Albums Chart 4
Italian Albums (FIMI) 33
Mexican Albums Chart 14
New Zealand Albums Chart 45
UK Albums Chart 39
US Billboard 200 4

References

  1. One Direction Big Announcement: ‘Where We Are’ Stadium Tour Confirmed For 2014
  2. One Direction Scores Historic Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
  3. One Direction Announce Release Date for New Album, 'Midnight Memories'
  4. Zayn on Twitter
  5. Album Title Announcement
  6. One Direction score fastest selling album of their career
  7. The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Artist Albums Of 2013