NEW YORK, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that global superstars One Direction will perform an exclusive acoustic set for SiriusXM listeners as part of SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" series.
SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" with One Direction, which will take place on Friday, December 7, will air on Tuesday, December 25 at 12:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Hits 1, channel 2. The special, which will be hosted by The Morning Mash Up, SiriusXM Hits 1's morning show, will feature One Direction performing acoustic versions of songs from their new album Take Me Home as well as songs from their debut album Up All Night. The special will be rebroadcast throughout the week. For rebroadcast times please visit www.siriusxm.com/hits1.
The special will also feature all five members of One Direction answering questions about their music, their career and the upcoming holidays. SiriusXM listeners are invited to submit a question for One Direction on Twitter by 5:00 pm ET on Thursday, December 6 using the hashtag #SXMHits1D and tagging @SiriusXMHits1.
SiriusXM listeners will have the opportunity to win tickets to the event by going to www.siriusxm.com/hits1 from Monday, November 26 at 5:00 pm ET until Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET. See Official Rules for this opportunity at www.siriusxm.com starting Monday, November 26.
In addition, from Friday, November 30 at 10:00 am ET to Sunday, December 2 at 11:59 pm ET, One Direction fans will have the opportunity to win a prize package including a paid trip to New York City, two nights at a hotel and two tickets to the event by Tweeting @SiriusXMHits1 and including the hashtag #SXMHits1D. Check www.siriusxm.com/hits1 starting Friday, November 30 for Official Rules and complete details on this opportunity.
SiriusXM Hits 1 was the first radio outlet in North America to play One Direction's music.
"As the first radio outlet in North America to play One Direction, we are glad to have them back for a special performance," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "One Direction has become an international phenomenon with style and showmanship that is selling out arenas and drawing fans of all ages. We are very excited to have them performing for our national audience of listeners and those lucky listeners who get to share the same studio."
After the broadcast, SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" with One Direction will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com. Visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand for more info on SiriusXM On Demand.
One Direction – Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – were discovered by Simon Cowell on the U.K.'s The X Factor in 2010. The band quickly gained a following to become one of the competition's all-time most popular acts, finishing in the final three and garnering a gigantic and loyal fanbase along the way. In March 2012, One Direction's debut album, Up All Night, made U.S. history, as it was the first time a U.K. group's debut album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. The band has sold over 13 million records worldwide. One Direction recently topped the charts with their sophomore album, Take Me Home, which includes the No. 1 single, "Live While We're Young."
Take Me Home entered the chart at #1 in 32 countries.
SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" series features important and timeless names in music sitting down for candid interviews, intimate conversations exclusively with SiriusXM studio audience members, and live performances. SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" series has featured Paul McCartney, Santana, Coldplay, Phil Collins, Foreigner, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Rush, Smashing Pumpkins, Moody Blues, Robert Plant, Sting, Bob Weir and over 100 others.
SiriusXM Hits 1 plays everything from pop to hip-hop to rock to R&B. Listeners will hear artists like Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Flo Rida and Ke$ha.
For more information on One Direction, please visit www.onedirectionmusic.com.
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