The group have had a very busy few weeks promoting their album on a tour around the US, but today One Direction have reason to take a well deserved break and celebrate, as they have become the first British group to debut at number one in America!
The baby-faced boyband have today made history when their debut album Up All Night topped the US Billboard charts overnight, something even the mighty Beatles never even accomplished… Pretty amazing, right?
Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson shifted a whopping 176,000 copies of the album, bumping the record to the number one spot, and fellow Brit Adele’s Grammy-winning album 21 to number two.
Band member Harry Styles described reaching number one as a “dream come true” for the group, he gushed:
“It’s beyond a dream come true for us. 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 member and Irish sweetie Niall added: “We just found out that we are No.1 in America and as you can imagine, we are over the moon!
“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.
“We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us in the US.”
Liam also revealed that he and the rest of the band are still trying to digest the news, describing their instant and almost overnight success as “surreal”.
He told Daybreak: “It still seems strange to say that, everything’s happened this quickly.
“We didn’t expect to be over here releasing an album. I don’t think it’s quite hit home yet.
“It’s just really surreal to think you were one of those lucky five people.
“Anyone could have been chosen that day.”
And of course it’s not just the boys that have reason to celebrate, as their X Factor mentor and world famous record producer Simon Cowell is also super excited about the record breaking news, he said: “I couldn’t be happier for One Direction, it is an incredible achievement. They deserve it.
“They have the best fans in the world.”
The five-piece band were put together by the X Factor judges and celebrity guest judges back in 2010 after failing to impress as solo artists. Since then the boys have won the hearts of millions and have shot to fame both here and in the US, and their debut album has sold more than 4.2 million copies worldwide in just 6 months.
Not bad for a bunch of teenagers, huh? Congratulations boys!
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