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Screaming Girls Crowd J&R to Greet British Boy Band One Direction

By Julie Shapiro | March 13, 2012 7:51am
One Direction performed on the
One Direction performed on the "Today" show March 12, 2012 before signing autographs at J&R.
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LOWER MANHATTAN — Hundreds of screaming girls lined Broadway Monday afternoon in the hopes of meeting British boy band One Direction.

The five-member pop sensation — discovered by Simon Cowell on "The X Factor" in 2010 — appeared at J&R Monday evening to sign their new album, "Up All Night."

Nearly an hour after the event started inside the Park Row store, a line of eager fans still stretched several blocks up Broadway, past City Hall.

"Woohoo! Waiting my turn!" tweeted @FutureMrsMars.

"Tween girls are freaking out at J&R over the appearance of a boy band called One Direction," tweeted @msspinach. "Major panic attacks, people. #ohtobeyoung."

The first 1,500 fans who preordered One Direction's new album were able to get into J&R for the signing.

As the five members of the band strode into the store, the crowd of tweens shrieked and waved their hands.

The band — comprised of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson — also performed on NBC's "Today" show Monday morning. When asked what they liked best about American girls, one of the members replied, "They're very, very loud."