Tom Parker from The Wanted has said that the combined adulation for his band and One Direction over there in the US is akin to that for The Beatles in the early 1960s. Though, considering One Direction managed to achieve something that The Beatles (nor any other UK band, for that matter) did not, and get their debut album to number one in the States, it’s possible they don’t actually need The Wanted’s help.
Anyway, Parker told Bang! Showbiz: “It’s Beatlemania for both boybands, really. The whole boyband thing has really come back. Us and One Direction have gone over to America and are literally just tearing it apart. The whole boyband thing is really alive, and it’s good that it’s two British acts doing it. People in Britain liked the fact that we were very real… We were very ‘say what we want’ and we wanted to produce the music that we wanted to do. We took it to America and people really liked it. Every radio station was like, ‘It’s a breath of fresh air to us, we’ve not seen this realism for so long’”.
Another thing The Beatles never managed to do was to “literally tear America apart”, so well done to The Wanted and One Direction for that achievement. Of course, the environmental impact will be devastating, but if it sells a few more records, who cares?