Take Me Home and world tour (2012)
One Direction's second studio album, Take Me Home, was released in November 2012. The Independent reported in April 2012 that Cowell had challenged music's "most successful" songwriters to compete for space on One Direction's second studio album. Dee Demirbag, responsible for international artists and repertoire at music publisher, BMG Rights Management in Scandinavia, said: "Breaking a boy band in the US is about as big as it gets in the music industry, so you can imagine the competition to get cuts on the next One Direction album is immense." In May 2012, One Direction began recording the album in Stockholm, Sweden. The lead single "Live While We're Young", released in September 2012, peaked inside the top ten in almost every country it charted and recorded the highest one-week opening sales figure for a song by a non-US artist in the US. With the album and its second single "Little Things" both debuting simultaneously at number one in the UK, One Direction became the youngest act in British chart history to achieve this feat. In addition, Take Me Home sold 540,000 copies in its first week in the US, debuted atop the Billboard 200—making them the first British group to have both their debut album and its follow-up go straight to the top of the chart, and topped the charts in more than thirty-five other countries.
One Direction performed "Little Things" at the 2012 Royal Variety Performance, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II. The group are due to headline New York City's Madison Square Garden on 3 December 2012. One Direction are also set to embark on their second concert tour in February 2013, the 2013 World Tour. The concert tour consists of over 100 shows in Europe, North America and Australasia. Ticket sales reached 300,000 within a day of release in the UK and Ireland, which included a six date sell out at London's The O2 Arena. In Australian and New Zealand markets, tickets grossed US$15.7 million, with all 190,000 tickets being sold for eighteen shows to be held in Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced in November 2012 that a 3D biopic film, directed by Morgan Spurlock, starring the group is in production. Spurlock, Ben Winston, Adam Milano and Cowell, will produce the film, which is scheduled for release by TriStar Pictures on 30 August 2013.