British boy band One Direction cause fan frenzy as they make U.S. television debut performance on Today show

British boy band One Direction cause fan frenzy as they make U.S. television debut performance on Today show

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23:35 GMT, 12 March 2012

British boyband One Direction continued their assault on America today as they performed in front of thousands of screaming fans at New York's Rockefeller Plaza.

The five-piece band – who rose to fame on the British version of the X Factor in 2010 – were mobbed by fans as they arrived on an open-roof tour bus for a live appearance on the Today show

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Causing a stir: British boy band One Direction made their debut U.S. TV performance on the Today show in New York this morning

Causing a stir: British boy band One Direction made their debut U.S. TV performance on the Today show in New York this morning

Fan frenzy: Screaming girls waved banners as the group performed

Fan frenzy: Screaming girls waved banners as the group performed

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It marked their first performance on American television.

Band members Zayn Malik, Harry Stiles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson sang three tracks – What Makes You Beautiful, One Thing and More Than This.

In between their songs, host Ann Curry asked them what they liked most about American girls.

Zayn said he and his 'four best friends' admired how 'they're very loud,' perhaps in reaction to the screaming reaction they garnered from their lively audience.

Bringing the house down: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Stiles and Zayn Malik performed What Makes You Beautiful, One Thing and More Than This

Bringing the house down: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Stiles and Zayn Malik performed What Makes You Beautiful, One Thing and More Than This

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British boy band One Direction cause fan frenzy as they make U.S. television debut performance on Today show

Lending their support: The boys were cheered on by crowds of their new U.S. fans

Sing when your winning: The group managed to rack up a position on the Billboard Hot 100 with their new song

Sing when your winning: The group managed to rack up a position on the Billboard Hot 100 with their new song

The group are already being dubbed as the next Beatles in America as their British charm continues to win over a huge fan base Stateside.

The fivesome entered the British X Factor as solo artists – but were formed into a group by Simon Cowell.

They came third place in the competition – but signed a deal with Columbia Records and are now making a global impact.

British invasion: A pair of young fans hold a banner reading 'We love One Direction' while, right, Niall and Louis light up the stage with their bright outfits

British invasion: A pair of young fans hold a banner reading 'We love One Direction' while, right, Niall and Louis light up the stage with their bright outfits

British invasion: A pair of young fans hold a banner reading 'We love One Direction' while, right, Niall and Louis light up the stage with their bright outfits

Crowd pleaser: Another banner had the band's name written over a One Way street sign

Crowd pleaser: Another banner had the band's name written over a One Way street sign

Making a name for themselves: The group were formed on the British version of the X Factor in 2010, masterminded by Simon Cowell

Making a name for themselves: The group were formed on the British version of the X Factor in 2010, masterminded by Simon Cowell

One Direction made their first U.S. public appearance in the U.S. earlier this month at Boston's Natick Mall, which saw some 5,000 screaming fans turn out.

They release their debut album Up All Night in the U.S. tomorrow.

The lead single What Make You Beautiful has already topped the English charts and won Best British Single at the 2012 BRIT Awards.

Arriving in style: The boys were mobbed by fans as their tour bus pulled up before they took to the famous stage

Arriving in style: The boys were mobbed by fans as their tour bus pulled up before they took to the famous stage

Here come the boys: The band have a customised London red tour bus emblazoned with their name

Here come the boys: The band have a customised London red tour bus emblazoned with their name

Boyish goodlooks: Zayn, left, said he and his bandmates loved how loud and lively their U.S. fans were, Harry seen centre and, right, Louis

Boyish goodlooks: Zayn, left, said he and his bandmates loved how loud and lively their U.S. fans were, Harry seen centre and, right, Louis

Boyish goodlooks: Zayn, left, said he and his bandmates loved how loud and lively their U.S. fans were, Harry seen centre and, right, Louis

Boyish goodlooks: Zayn, left, said he and his bandmates loved how loud
and lively their U.S. fans were, Harry seen centre and, right, Louis

The track entered the Billboard Hot
100 at No.28 – making it the highest charting position for a UK act on
the U.S. chart since 1998.

It entered at No.12 on the Hot Digital Songs Chart with 132,000 downloads in its first week.

They are booked to perform on
Saturday Night Live on April 7 and will take to the stage to sing What
Make You Beautiful at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards on 31 March.

Completing the set: Niall and Liam during their show-stopping performance

Completing the set: Niall and Liam during their show-stopping performance

Completing the set: Niall and Liam during their show-stopping performance

In demand: The Rockefeller Plaza was brought to a standstill throughout the performance as fans piled in

In demand: The Rockefeller Plaza was brought to a standstill throughout the performance as fans piled in

Heartthrobs: America is already dubbing the British boy band as the next Beatles

Heartthrobs: America is already dubbing the British boy band as the next Beatles

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