When news broke that pop group One Direction will take an extended hiatus come March, N’SYNC and Westlife fans who know a thing or two about hiatuses came forward to show their support for panicked Directioners.

Their commiseration is surely much appreciated and reassuring — and prompts the question of a boyband’s typical shelf-life. Here’s how long music’s biggest boybands have lasted until either taking an extended break, or officially breaking up (for now).

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Five years of straight touring, album recordings and promotions are nothing to sneeze at. But One Direction’s first official hiatus did come much earlier than, say, that of New Kids on the Block — who went ten years before announcing their split Read more…

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The shelf-life of boybands: How does One Direction rank?