One Direction top US album charts

 

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Former X Factor contestants One Direction have become the first British group to go straight to the top of the US music charts with their debut album.

The group shifted 176,000 copies of Up All Night, which only went to number two in the UK charts back in December.

The five-piece act were formed in 2010 by the X Factor judges after they failed to impress as solo artists.

Band member Harry Styles said reaching number one was a "dream come true" for the group.

"We simply cannot believe that we are number one in America. We want to thank each and every one of our fans in the US who bought our album and we would also like to thank the American public for being so supportive of us."

Fellow band member Niall Horan added: "As you can imagine, we are over the moon.

One Direction One Direction recently appeared on the US breakfast programme The Today Show

"When we got put together as a group, we couldn't imagine ourselves coming to America, let alone releasing our album here, so for us to be sitting at the top of the US album charts is unbelievable."

X Factor judge and music executive Simon Cowell signed the band to his record label Syco Music last year.

"I couldn't be happier for One Direction, it is an incredible achievement. They deserve it. They have the best fans in the world," Cowell said.

The feat comes in the same week it was announced the band have secured their own US TV show.

On Monday children's channel Nickelodeon confirmed on Twitter that Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson would be starring in their own show.

Chart success

The group have been busy with their US promotional tour, which has included playing a series of gigs with US boyband Big Time Rush and an appearance on breakfast programme The Today Show.

"It's more than unusual, it's unprecedented," said Music Week magazine reporter Paul Williams about their chart achievement.

He added that being managed by Cowell had helped boost the band's profile.

"He [Cowell] has a hell of a lot to do with it. He is one of the most famous people on TV in America and he's been associated with Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle, both of whom have had number one albums in America, so he has a lot of influence.

The Wanted The Wanted recently became the highest charting UK boy band in the US charts

"When Simon Cowell drives an act, people are going to listen and pay attention. Although you have got to have the goods, as well as having someone like Simon championing you."

One Direction's number one follows their successful debut in the singles chart with What Makes You Beautiful last month, which went to number 28 in the Hot 100.

"Historically it's always been American boybands who have led the way, going back to the end of the 80s and the early 90s with the likes of New Edition, New Kids On The Block, BackStreet Boys and N-Sync," said Mr Williams.

"But there's not much in the way of homegrown boybands in America at the moment."

The sales figure for Up All Night may appear low given the size of the US music market, but album sales have plummeted in recent years.

Big releases by acts such as Jay-Z or Lil' Wayne can expect to shift somewhere between 600,000 and 900,000 copies in their first week, but the number one album often sells less than 200,000 copies.

Last year, the record for the lowest-selling number one was broken on three separate occasions. Singer-songwriter Amos Lee fared worst, shifting just 40,000 copies of his album Mission Bell in January.

Lady Gaga's Born This Way was one of the only records to break the one million barrier in its first week, and it was sold at heavy discounts by online retailers.

Another British boyband, The Wanted, are also enjoying chart success in the US.

Earlier this month the group became the highest charting UK boy band in the US singles chart after they reached number five with Glad You Came.

"There hasn't been sustained success by a British boyband until this year," said Mr Williams.

"And now we're in this strange situation where there's not one, but two boybands doing extremely well in America."

Ernie D, the creative director of Radio Disney, said such bands were finding success much more quickly than their predecessors in the 1990s.

"The way it's happening now, it's a little more sudden. Back then, you had to build your fan base, get a following. Now with all social media, you have a fan base immediately.

"Bands like One Direction and The Wanted, they're just coming out of nowhere and it's kind of taking everybody by surprise."

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 32.

    30.mike
    8 Minutes ago
    The music industry is in the business of providing entertainment. What is this pretentious nonsense over ‘manufactured’ vs something else. It is all manufactured, it is all man-made. Don’t try to justify personal rules about who deserves success.
    They are successful and deserve to be congratulated
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    But they have no talent

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    Comment number 31.

    A manufactured pretty boy band with limited talent,with the dirty hands of " that" man all over it,that's not talent its publicity.Unlike the talented Wanted ,Adele etc,its a nine day wonder, like that poor Scottish church singer from a few years back,they may dream there dream ,but its not talent its celebrity

  • rate this
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    Comment number 30.

    The music industry is in the business of providing entertainment. What is this pretentious nonsense over ‘manufactured’ vs something else. It is all manufactured, it is all man-made. Don’t try to justify personal rules about who deserves success.
    They are successful and deserve to be congratulated.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 29.

    It truly makes me worried about the world we live in and the people who populate it when utter rubbish like this is not only allowed to happen but the moronic masses actually like it.... Possession of this album should automatically disqualify you from voting for a start.... a hefty prison sentence should then follow if there were any laws relating to good taste.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 28.

    25.ClearHead
    35 Minutes ago
    Why do we hate British succes so much? They're not what I would listen to, but then I'm not their target market. Good for them
    ===========================================
    Put simply, they are an embarassment.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 27.

    Good for the UK, but shows the downturn in mass-musical quality and the greater acceptance of 'modern music' by the overly conservative a-merry-can's. Footloose was a true story, and that was the eighties!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 26.

    It's budget day. Why no HYS on Gideon's fatcat budget ?

    Instead we get an HYS about some inconsequential piece of boy band fluff.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 25.

    Why do we hate British succes so much? They're not what I would listen to, but then I'm not their target market. Good for them!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 24.

    "21.
    Proletarian Revolutionary
    3 Minutes ago

    Wow, this is truly a news story worth discussing unlike: -

    Jump in UK borrowing in February
    Jaguar agrees China joint venture
    Whitehall credit cards criticised"

    How's that revolution coming along?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 23.

    yet again the beebs HYS topics are showing real value for tv tax money :|

  • rate this
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    Comment number 22.

    17.Furrowed_Brow
    Don't blame the band (or even Simon Cowell) it's the mindless idiots who listen to, & buy this trash that should be held accountable.
    ///////
    It's their money into our coffers. What's the problem?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 21.

    Wow, this is truly a news story worth discussing unlike: -

    Jump in UK borrowing in February
    Jaguar agrees China joint venture
    Whitehall credit cards criticised

  • rate this
    +6

    Comment number 20.

    I am constantly surprised at the new depths to which the "music" industry gets to in its drive to sell to the gullible audience of teenage girls.

    Every time I think we have hit rock bottom and must surely start the long climb back - something else rears its mindless head and off we go again.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 19.

    They're just the latest in a very long line of young lads singing a few songs and having their posters up on some young teens' walls. Let them enjoy their 15 minutes of fame!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 18.

    "7.
    ColinWhinger
    33 Minutes ago

    I cannot believe that there is nothing more interesting or important to have as a topic on HYS than this insignificant rubbish, is this site now something else being taken over for the weeny boppers?"

    And yet you still comment on these "insignificant" and "rubbish" stories so who is to blame?

    Back on topic - Dont hate the player, hate the game.

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    Comment number 17.

    Don't blame the band (or even Simon Cowell) it's the mindless idiots who listen to, & buy this trash that should be held accountable. Still, one day they will grow out of their love affair with fluffy, manufactured, inane dross such as this & The Wanted. So there is hope.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 16.

    Congratulations to them. I'm sure they'll receive a lot of backlash on here, but they're not the ones you should be targeting. They're just living their dreams. It's not their fault that the current music market rewards mediocrity and materialism, they were just born at the right time.

    It's also nice to know that they won't have to worry about medical bills now, we should all be so lucky.

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    Comment number 15.

    "1.
    nonvegetarian
    1 Hour ago

    Teenage trash purposely aimed at brainless puberty audience of one particular gender. Well-manufactured, light and disposable."

    You mad bro?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 14.

    Perhaps a bigger achievement would be to headline Monsters of Rock...

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    Comment number 13.

    Hahaha so many suckers! Maufactured poo! Please stop forcing this crap onto us.

 

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