Tuesday 20 March 2018

Happy Paddy’s Day for Niall as One Direction look set for US No.1

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Niall Horan of the band
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)
One Direction attend the 2012 Nickelodeon Upfront presentation at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 14, 2012 in New York City. Photo: Getty Images
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)
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

BOYBAND One Direction look set to secure the number one spot for their debut album in the US this weekend, shifting almost 200,000 copies in the first week alone.

The boy's album, ‘up all night’, has been number one on iTunes all week, and should it hit the top spot will make them the first UK band ever to have their debut album go straight to number one. Irish member Niall Horan responded to the success, tweeting "guys! smashing it on iTunes!"

The Mullingar native has kept his feet on the ground and hasn't forgotten about home, tweeting this morning "Hello Ireland, good morning, big day for us paddy's tomorrow, and we play england in the rugby, much love from the US! #whatsthecraic"

Record label boss Simon Cowell believes the boys have what it takes to conquer the notoriously difficult US market, saying on his Twitter account "I'm very very very excited about the launch of the one direction album in the US. Good luck boys!"

The success follows up on an extensive promotional campaign by the boys, with an appearance on the Today show, as well as planned appearances on 'Saturday Night Live' and hugely popular kid's show 'Icarly'.

The band, formed during the 2010 season of the X-Factor, have already had major chart success in the UK and Europe, and now are set to extend that lead stateside, having received an endorsement on Twitter from Justin Bieber.

The band are the latest act to enjoy the fruits of a Brit pop revival in the US, following in the footsteps of acts like Adele and Leona Lewis.

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