Wednesday, 4 July 2012

'Bad Lions' is an entire GENRE of fanart

Today's entire post comes is courtesy of loyal reader Will, because I could never top the email that accompanied the image:

Dear Mysterious Bad Lions Blogger,

I wonder if I could make another submission. To "get" how bad these lions are you might have to know something about the teen pop sensation "One Direction". Whilst I'm certain that a blogger of your class must never have come across them, I thought it was worth sending them in just in case. 

If you don't know, One Direction are a boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records after being formed and placing third in the seventh series of The X Factor. In November 2011, One Direction released their debut album Up All Night, which became the fastest-selling debut album in the UK of 2011. In 2012, it debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making One Direction the first UK group in history to debut at number one with their first album in the country. Up All Night spawned the Official UK Singles Chart top ten singles — "What Makes You Beautiful", "Gotta Be You", and "One Thing". In 2012, "What Makes You Beautiful" won the BRIT Award for Best British Single.

One Direction's world tour is set for 2013, with tickets grossing US$15.7 million for their Australian and New Zealand dates. Offhand, I would say that they have been described as sparking a resurgence in the boy band concept, and of forming part of a new "British Invasion" in the United States.

They are not lions.