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Zayn Malik Paul McCartney Same Thing

The Beatle quit his famous band 45 years ago today. Sound familiar?

These are The Beatles. They're one of the most influential bands of the 20th Century.

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That first dapper guy, all the way to the left, that's Paul McCartney. 45 years ago today he announced his departure from The Beatles to pursue a solo career.

This is One Direction. They're one of the most influential bands of the 21st Century.

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Last month Zayn Malik (above, complete with Superman curl) announced his departure from 1D and has been currently working on his solo career.

Coincidence? No chance!

If you look back at both bands' careers, you can't really even tell them apart -- especially now that Zayn has pulled a Paul and quit his popular group.

  1. 1. The term "British Invasion" is most associated with which band? / Via
  2. 2. To celebrate going No. 1, one member of one of these bands bought a mattress to celebrate. Which band? / Via
  3. 3. Which band got in trouble for saying they were more popular than Jesus? / Via
  4. 4. Which band became the first in the U.S. Billboard 200 history to have their first four albums debut at number one? / Via
  5. 5. Which band's fans are prone to peeing themselves from excitement at shows? / Via
  6. 6. Which is the only band to have achieved six diamond albums? (Sales of 10 million each.) / Via
  7. 7. Which band sold over 300,000 tickets within 24 hours after announcing their UK and Ireland tour? / Via
  8. 8. Which band had a member studying A Levels in Law, Sociology, and Business and wanted to become a physiotherapist before the band made it big? / Via
  9. 9. Which band was almost called "Unique Selling Point?" / Via

Basically identical.