Having already taped their [article id="1678354"]"iCarly" appearance[/article], the [article id="1678042"]guys of One Direction[/article] will move another step closer to U.S. domination when they kick off their tour with Big Time Rush later this month.
The two boy bands will meet up for the joint trek on February 24, just 10 days after U.K. natives One Direction drop their Valentine's Day-timed single, "What Makes You Beautiful," here in the States. MTV News got some exclusive scoop about the two bands' first meeting, which went down last weekend in the City of Angels.
"We met Big Time Rush for the first time last weekend on the set of their show in L.A. They are really great guys and could not have been more welcoming and supportive," One Direction said in a statement to MTV News. "We also shared a lot of laughs! We can't wait to hit the road with them in the U.S. and having never been to New York before, the Radio City show is one we are all incredibly excited about!"
BTR shared in 1D's excitement about the forthcoming jaunt. "We're excited to have One Direction come on tour with us in the U.S.," BTR's Carlos Pena Jr. added. "We are actually very similar on and off camera and we can't wait to have some fun on the road." (BTR officially kick off their tour on February 17, days before 1D are set to join them.)
This marks a busy time for both bands. One Direction's debut album, Up All Night, drops March 13. Meanwhile BTR's original TV movie, "Big Time Movie," debuts on Nick on March 10. In it, the guys will cover classic Beatles tracks like "Help!," "A Hard Day's Night" and "We Can Work It Out," as well as songs from their [article id="1675039"]album Elevate.[/article]