Yet another accolade... One Direction top chart of world's most popular bands
Published 30/01/2014 | 08:14
One Direction have topped another chart -- a top 10 of the most popular acts in the world.
The band, which got together during the 2010 series of the X Factor, were named the Global Recording Artists of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the music business around the world.
The second and third spots on the chart went to Eminem and Justin Timberlake, with Bruno Mars and Katy Perry completing the top five.
The award measures success in downloading, streaming and physical sales of singles and albums.
One Direction's latest album, Midnight Memories, topped the US charts, making them the first group in history to debut at Number one with their first three albums.
Band member Niall Horan said it was "incredible news".
"It's great to have a chart that includes everything from iTunes and record stores, to YouTube and Spotify. Again a huge thank you to all of our fans for such an amazing 2013."
The video for their single, Best Song Ever, attracted 200 million views on YouTube.
IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said: "Congratulations to One Direction. Our chart measures popularity across the many different ways in which fans choose their music."