One Direction named Global Recording Artists of 2013

One Direction
The group recently performed at Radio 1's Teen awards at Wembley Arena

One Direction were the most popular artists when it came to music downloads, streaming and CD sales last year.

The IFPI, which promotes the international recording industry, named them Global Recording Artists of 2013.

The pop stars became the first group in US Billboard chart history to debut at number one with their first three albums.

Their third record, Midnight Memories, also topped the Official Album Chart.

Best Song Ever got almost 200 million views on YouTube and Story of My Life recorded more than 100 million hits.

The band's music was also heavily streamed on places like Spotify.

Niall Horan said: "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."

Eminem came number two following the success of his eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

It featured guest appearances from Skylar Grey, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and Nate Ruess.

Third spot went to Justin Timberlake on the back of the success of The 20/20 Experience, his third album, which was released in March.

Bruno Mars and Katy Perry made up the rest of the top five.

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