reblog if you’re the gay sister
Uh, no. Midnight Memories:
- Sold four million copies
- Hit number one in 20 countries
- Was the best-selling album of 2013
It was very decidedly not a flop.
That said, it could have been even more.
I’ve talked about this before, but here’s my fandom origin story: one of my acquaintances tweeted something like “Story of My Life by One Direction on repeat. No shame.” I listened to the song. I loved the song. I bought the song. I told myself that would be it. Then I read a few album reviews on sites for adults — I specifically remember this one. So I bought the album (“decent British folk-pop in the mold of Mumford & Sons and Ed Sheeran” got my attention). And I was surprised by how much of it I liked. (I really love “Happily,” “Something Great,” and “Through the Dark” in particular.) I told myself THAT would be it. Aaaaand then obviously within a week I had watched hours of YouTube videos and bought UAN and TMH as well. (It was maybe a week or two later that I started researching Harry and Louis.)
All this to say: this album certainly brought in a few new adult fans, including me, but it could have been their grand introduction to a new, more sustainable demographic. Especially after their SNL performance, which lots of adults genuinely loved.
Here’s hoping album four is actually marketed to adults.