One Direction to Release NBC Primetime Holiday Special on December 23rd

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NBCUniversal and One Direction today announced an unprecedented and expansive cross-platform partnership for the global launch of the bands upcoming studio album,FOUR.

One Direction superstars Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson will take over NBCUniversalin an exclusive partnership spanning multiple brands and platforms across NBCUniversals vast portfolio in support of the launch of the bands fourth studio album. The partnership kicked off on Monday, September 8 on TODAY with the exclusive announcement of the albums worldwide launch date of Monday, November 17, and a week-long 1D Fan Face-Off contest culminating in the announcement of the bands album launch performance on TODAY from Universal Orlando Resort.

The collaboration includes a variety of special events including:

  • A live performance from One Direction on the TODAY show and Un Nuevo Dia Monday, November 17 originating from Universal Orlando Resorts CityWalk (no theme park admission required).
  • A 1D holiday special to air December 23, 8-9pm ET on NBC called ONE DIRECTION: THE TV SPECIAL the bands first-ever U.S. network special.
  • Competitions around the world for fans to win a grand prize of VIP tickets to the performance airing on TODAY and Un Nuevo Dia, and the second special performance by the band at the Universal Studios Florida Music Plaza stage, on Tuesday, November 18 (private performance not open to the general public). Tickets available at
  • In celebration of the new album, fans visiting Universal Orlando Resort on November 17 and 18 will experience a specially-themed Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster featuring music from 1D and a special 1D version of the Universal Cinematic Spectacular nighttime show.
  • Guests inside Universal Studios can join the social media action at the One Direction in Orlando Fan Zone on Park Avenue.
  • Guests staying at Universal OrlandosCabana Bay Beach Resortwill have an opportunity to attend an exclusive album listening pool party on November 16, 7-8pm ET to hear the album before it is released, and will also have the unique opportunity to sign up for specially recorded wake-up calls from the members of One Direction.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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