One Direction’s ‘Midnight Memories’ overtakes Daft Punk as fastest selling album of 2013

The boyband's third album is also the fastest selling of their career

One Direction have overtaken Daft Punk’s record of the UK’s fastest-selling album of 2013.

The boyband’s third album ‘Midnight Memories’ went straight in at Number One on the UK Official Albums Chart yesterday (December 1), knocking Robbie Williams’ ‘Swings Both Ways’ off the top spot.

‘Midnight Memories’ sold more than 237,000 copies in its first week of release, overtaking Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’, which sold 165,000 copies during its first week sale in the UK back in May.

It is the first album to shift more than 200,000 copies in a week since Michael Buble’s Christmas album in December 2011.

The album was also the fastest selling of One Direction’s career to date. Their 2011 debut ‘Up All Night’ sold 139,000 copies on its first week of release, while 2012’s ‘Take Me Home’ shifted 155,000 copies.

Elsewhere on the UK Official Charts, Calvin Harris’ collaboration with Hurts’ Theo Hutchcraft ‘Under Control’ is this week’s Number One.