Those little lovable scamps. We can’t get enough of them, and we know you can’t either. And as it turns out, neither can the American market!
One Direction made history today as their debut album UP ALL NIGHT entered the US Billboard 200 chart at #1 with over 176,000 copies sold. This makes chart history as the first British group ever to debut at #1 in the US with their debut album release. UP ALL NIGHT went straight to No.1 on the digital chart within minutes of its official release last Tuesday March13th.
Around the world, One Direction fans have used online platforms such as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook creating a global phenomenon and inspiring a generation of 1D-mania. Dedicated fans of Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik have taken their music to the top of charts around the world. One Direction have accumulated over 204 million YouTube views, 12 million followers on Twitter and over 3.6 million followers on Facebook. The music video for “What Makes You Beautiful” has already garnered over 72M views, wow!
One Direction gained notoriety in 2010 after appearing on The X Factor UK. Their global smash debut album, Up All Night, entered the charts at #1 in 12 countries and has been certified triple platinum in Ireland, double platinum in the UK & Australia, and platinum in New Zealand. In six months they have sold more than 4.2million records worldwide. Their BRIT Award winning debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” entered the charts at #1 in both the UK and Ireland. In the U.S., “What Makes You Beautiful” sold more than 131,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. Their #28 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 marked the highest debut from a British Group since the Spice Girls in 1998.
Harry Styles says: “We simply cannot believe that we are No.1 in America! 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.”
Niall Horan adds: “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.”
The X Factor group, who were formed and mentored by Simon Cowell on the UK version of the hit TV show in 2010, were signed to Cowell’s label Syco Music in 2011 in partnership with Columbia Records in the US.
Simon Cowell says: “I couldn’t be happier for One Direction, it is an incredible achievement. They deserve it. They have the best fans in the world”
Last week in New York, over 10,000 fans turned out for the band’s first live TV performance on NBC’s Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza and record numbers of fans have turned out to see them at album signings in the US.
Later this month One Direction will perform their hit single “What Makes You Beautiful” on the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards March 31st, and will appear in an episode of iCarly “iGo One Direction” set to premiere April 7th on Nickelodeon. The band will also be the musical guests on Saturday Night Live April 7th with guest host Sofia Vergara.
Their 2013 UK/Ireland Arena Tour sold out immediately with more dates needing to be added. An estimated 300,000 tickets were sold in the first day. One Direction’s tour of Australia & New Zealand sold out in just three minutes.
One Direction are Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. All of the group hail from the U.K., save for Horan, who is from Ireland. All five of the boys (ages 18-20) auditioned for the UK X Factor in 2010 as solo artists. However, at the suggestion of Simon Cowell they joined forces as a group, quickly becoming one of the competitions most popular acts of all time, finishing in the final three and garnering a gigantic fan-base along the way.
Check out the boys at their best below. With five to choose from, there’s plenty for everyone!