Harry Styles: One Direction are bigger than The Beatles
Singer Harry Styles has said One Direction are "bigger" than The Beatles when it comes to fame.
He also made it clear the band do not believe their music is in "the same league" as the Fab Four.
"We all sat and watched the film of The Beatles arriving in America. And, to be honest, that really was like us.
"Stepping off the plane, the girls, the madness. It was exactly the same as when we got there - just 50 years earlier," he said in an interview.
Speaking to Top of the Pops Magazine, the musician added: "None of us think we're in the same league as them music-wise. We'd be total fools if we did.
"Fame-wise, it's probably even bigger, but we don't stand anywhere near them in terms of music."
One Direction were the most popular artists when it came to music downloads, streaming and CD sales last year, it was announced last month.
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 Albums 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.
When the award was announced, 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."
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