Friday 22 September 2017

One Direction makes chart history in US with third No. 1 album debut

Niall and the boys are the only group to have its first three albums top the chart in opening week sales.

One Direction's calendar has also topped the latest best-seller list
One Direction's calendar has also topped the latest best-seller list

One Direction made chart history today as its third album debuted at No. 1 on the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart, the only group to have its first three albums top the chart in opening week sales.

The quintet's "Midnight Memories" sold 546,000 copies, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

The group's first album, "Up All Night" and second record "Take Me Home," both released in 2012, also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, but with smaller opening week sales.

One Direction, comprised of singers Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and our own Niall Horan, has gone on to conquer the United States with songs such as "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Story of My Life."

One Direction's big opening week marks an increase in overall album sales for the week ending Dec. 1, due to the shopping boost during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Total album sales were 8.6 million for the week, up 14pc from the comparable week in 2012, according to Billboard.

Only one other new album debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week. Country singer Garth Brooks came in at No. 3 with a box set of music called "Blame It on My Roots," which sold 164,000 copies in an exclusive deal with retailer Walmart.

On the digital songs chart, which measures single track downloads, rapper Pitbull's song "Timber" featuring Ke$ha climbed from No. 4 to No. 1 with 237,000 downloads, benefiting from the duo performing the song at the Nov. 24 American Music Awards.

Eminem's "Monster" featuring Rihanna dropped one spot to No. 2, while A Great Big World's "Say Something" featuring Christina Aguilera climbed three spots to No. 3 this week, also benefiting from a performance at the AMA.

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