One Direction gave their first ever performance on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, singing their hits and covering Rihanna’s ‘FourFiveSeconds’ collaboration with Paul McCartney and Kanye West, plus Natalie Imbruglia’s iconic ‘Torn.’ It was a memorable appearance and now it’s one for social media buzz and frenzy.

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It’s almost impossible to believe, but it’s true; until now, One Direction had never performed on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge! Yes, in five years of fever-pitch worldwide teen-idol fame, the band had never graced the studios with a live performance. Yes, four previous years and four albums, released every November like the proverbial clockwork, and yet no performance on the iconic UK show. That is until now.

With their fifth studio album ‘Made in the A.M.’ just hours from its intensely awaited release, the four remaining members of 1D performed live Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson. As fans, who count the days know, Zayn Malik left some time ago and is pursing a solo career.

And too, this performance at Live Lounge, could be the last one, at least for a while as the band goes on their much-publicized hiatus, not even touring behind ‘Made in the A.M.’

They began their multi-song set with their current hit single, ‘Drag Me Down.’ Not only is it the lead single of their new album, but it’s also the first new music they released after the departure of Zayn Malik. It set a record on Spotify for the most-ever streams in one day.

They went on to perform the album’s second single, ‘Perfect.’ And then it was time for a classic, ‘Story of the Year,’ from their 2014 album, ‘Four.’

One Direction then followed the traditional format of the show which has seen many major artist delivere many memorable covers over the years, most recently, Jason Derulo covering Fetty Wap’s ‘Trap Queen.’ The band delivered a stunning performance of Rihanna’s hit single, ‘FourFiveSeconds’ which at the time of its release caused a stir with its seemingly unlikely collaborators, Paul McCartney and Kanye West.

And the band couldn’t have done much more to evoke nostalgia than to cover Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ which was one of the songs they performed way back in the day on The X Factor UK when they first got together as a band in the Judges’ Houses stage of the competition. Yes, who would have known they would go on to become such global superstars. At the time they were just that hot boy band that fans were eager to vote for week after week.

Yes, there was an interview, too, and it had plenty of sparkling moments. We can safely say a good time was had by all, and thankfully captured for digital eternity!

Watch One Direction make their debut on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge below!

That Live Lounge was EVERYTHING!!! Thanks @onedirection!

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