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Can they take down Adele?

What you need to know about the next wave of British music

March 19, 2012|By Dana Moran | RedEye

Watch your back, Adele. The almighty songstress has ruled the Billboard 200 for many of the 55 weeks her "21" has charted, but there's another British threat lurking. Teen dreams One Direction are creeping up with their debut release, "Up All Night." Not to be outdone, Brits The Wanted had their Billboard hit, "Glad You Came," featured on "Glee." Here's three things to know about each potential mega-hit group -- and stay tuned on Wednesday to see if Adele is unseated.
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One Direction

Members: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson; all between 18 and 20

Identity: The squeaky-clean ones who enjoy many, many peacoats

1 -- They've got the power of the Simon Cowell machine behind them. These four Brits (and one Irish dude) came in third on the U.K.'s "X Factor," signed with Simon's label and took off.

2 -- They might also be your best bet for a Justin Bieber replacement. A quick follicular assessment reveals four out of five of these youths are rocking "Baby"-era floppy hair. Now to pick only one...

3 -- Their big American TV break is coming. The lads are set to back up Sofia Vergara as "Saturday Night Live's" musical guests on April 7.

The Wanted

Members: Max George, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, Nathan Sykes, all in their early 20s.

Identity: Bad boys who perhaps fancy themselves British versions of Enrique Iglesias

1 -- Billboard has been good to them, too. Their lead single, "Glad You Came," is at No. 4 on the Hot 100 in its ninth week on that chart. And yes, double-entendre intended.

2 -- You really can't be a boy band without the Bieb these days, it seems. The group recently signed with Scotty "Scooter" Braun, who led our floppy-haired friend to glory.

3 -- Ellen can't resist their charms. The four Brits (hmmm, and an Irishman, imagine that ...) made their American TV debut in January on her show. She's definitely a friend you want to be making.

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