Today is the fourth anniversary of the release of One Direction’s album, Four. The album was released November 17, 2014. The singles released from the album included "Steal My Girl" and "Night Changes", which both went platinum in the US and became UK top ten hits.
Four debuted at number one in 18 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. On the digital charts, the deluxe edition of Four charted #1 on iTunes in 67 countries. In the US, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart on the week ending November 23, 2014. One Direction became the first band to have their first four albums debut at number one in the United States.
Fireproof was released as a free single when the name and cover of the album were announced on September 8th. There were 5 promotional singles released on different days when fans pre-ordered the album. "Ready to Run" on November 6, "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" on November 10, "18" on November 11, "Girl Almighty" on November 12, and "Fool's Gold" on November 13.
Louis wrote on most of the tracks on the album:
Change Your Ticket
Ready to Run
Steal My Girl
No Control became the subject of Project No Control, a fan-sponsored effort to promote the track. Fans set up a promotional effort that included tweeting radio stations to encourage them to play the song, as well as creating a sponsorship program that matched fans in need of a copy of the song with fans who were buying copies of the song to gift to other fans. Purchases of the song increased by 1,674 percent and the track took the #1 spot on Billboard's Trending Chart. It garnered 1 million U.S. streams during the week of the fan release. Said Louis Tomlinson of the project: "I think [the project] is ... just a perfect example of just how unique and incredible and passionate our fans are."