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Family joy as Niall creates history with US album hit

Niall Horan: record books
Niall Horan: record books
Niall Horan, second from right, with One Direction bandmates
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Niall Horan of the band "One Direction" visits J&R Music World on March 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 22: Niall Horan of One Direction performs at HMV Hammersmith Apollo on January 22, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/FilmMagic)

Edel O'Connell

THE father of One Direction star Niall Horan last night said he can't wait to shake his son's hand after his band made pop music history.

The family of the 16-year-old Mullingar pop sensation were celebrating yesterday after the band made history by becoming the first British/Irish band to take the number one slot in the US with a debut album.

The album, 'Up All Night', entered the US album chart at No 1 -- displacing Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball', having sold 179,000 copies in a week. Their 10-date tour of the US and Canada has stirred phenomenal interest -- akin to Beatlemania in its heyday.

Pop impresario Simon Cowell signed One Direction to his Syco label after they came third in the 2010 series of 'The X Factor'.

Writing on his Twitter page yesterday, Niall, from Ardleigh in Mullingar, said he had dreamt from the age of six that he would make it to No 1 in the US.

"He has done it, and we couldn't be more proud," said his father, Bobby Horan last night. "The whole country is proud of him," he added.

In the 1990s, the likes of Boyzone and Westlife failed to crack the US market in the face of competition from bands like 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys.

Yesterday the Mullingar teenager recalled how two years ago he had queued from 5am at Croke Park in the hope of auditioning for 'The X Factor', now he was No 1 in the US.

"It's been an incredible two years," he tweeted.

Dad Bobby says he could not be more proud of the son who "never stopped singing from the moment he woke up to the time he went to bed" but said he missed him terribly.

"It is tough that he is so hard to contact. We miss him terribly, it is the downside to all of this,@ he said.

"We are so excited and proud of him. It really is an incredible achievement to hear them being compared to the Beatles."

Irish Independent

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