March 21, 2012 13:56

One Direction make US chart history

Boyband become the first British act to score Billboard Number One with their debut LP.

One Direction make US chart history

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One Direction have become the first British act to enter the Billboard albums chart at Number One with their debut album, 'Up All Night'.

According to Billboard, with 176,000 copies sold, the album went straight to the top of the chart. Previously, the highest entry by a UK group for a debut release was The Beatles' 'Introducing The Beatles'.

In recent years, Spice Girls were closest to debuting in at Number One. They could only manage a chart entry of Number Six with 'Spice', but they eventually climbed to the peak.

A precedent was set by the band earlier this year when 'What Makes You Beautiful', the lead single from 'Up All Night', became the highest entry by a UK artist for a debut single, coming in at Number 26, since Spice Girls' 'Wannabee' went in at Number 11 in 1997.

Last month, music mogul Simon Cowell insisted that the group would take America by storm this year. According to the Metro, Cowell – who put the band together on The X Factor – predicted that the debut album would hit the Number One spot and said they were 'about to literally explode in America".

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