11 Jun, 2024

Simon Cowell’s One Direction Regret: “I Should Have Owned the Name”

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Simon Cowell’s One Direction Regret: “I Should Have Owned the Name”

Simon Cowell, the music mogul who brought us the global sensation One Direction, recently shared some candid thoughts on the band and why he wishes he had secured the rights to their name. In an insightful chat on Stephen Bartlett’s podcast "The Diary Of A CEO," Cowell reflected on the formation and meteoric rise of the boy band that stole millions of hearts worldwide.

Back in 2010, on "The X Factor," Cowell had the foresight to bring together five solo hopefuls – Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne – into one dynamic group. Fast forward, and One Direction went on to release five chart-topping albums, becoming one of the most successful boy bands of all time.

Cowell revealed, “When I was talking to One Direction, I remember saying to them, ‘Our goal is for you to have enough hits that if you ever reform, you can do stadium tours.’” He envisioned a future where the band could reunite and play to packed arenas. But there’s one thing he regrets: not owning the band’s name.

“I should have owned the name,” Cowell admitted. “That’s the problem. Could have made an animation or whatever, but when you give an artist the name, it’s not yours – and that’s my only regret. If you’re listening, I’ll buy it back from you.”

Cowell's dream of a One Direction reunion seems a distant possibility. “I doubt it,” he said, but fans can always hope. Each member has successfully ventured into solo careers, with Harry Styles, in particular, achieving immense success. Yet, the magic of One Direction remains unparalleled for many fans.

Interestingly, Cowell is not done with the boy band formula. He’s on a mission to discover the next big group, holding auditions across the UK. “Every generation deserves a megastar boy band,” he told Rolling Stone, emphasizing the unique thrill of creating something new and the unpredictable nature of such ventures.

Auditions for this new project will kick off next month in cities like Newcastle, Dublin, Liverpool, and London. The process will be filmed for a potential documentary series, promising an exciting glimpse behind the scenes of creating a new pop phenomenon.

So, as Simon Cowell continues his quest to shape the future of music, the legacy of One Direction and his dream of a reunion hang in the balance. Whether or not the band gets back together, their impact on pop culture is undeniable, and Cowell’s role in their journey remains a testament to his knack for spotting – and shaping – talent.

Photo: PA

Source: NME

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