One Direction fail to beat Mumford And Sons for fastest-selling UK album of 2012

However, the boyband's new record 'Take Me Home' is this week's UK Number One Album

One Direction have failed to secure the fastest-selling UK album of 2012, despite promising mid-week sales.

However, the boyband’s second album, ‘Take Me Home’, has taken the top spot in the UK Album Chart by outselling nearest rival, Rod Stewart’s ‘Merry Christmas Baby’, which is at Number Two, by more than three copies to one, according to the Official Chart Company.

Last year, One Direction’s debut ‘Up All Night’ was kept off the top spot by Rihanna’s ‘Talk That Talk’. But with a final first-week sales tally of 155,000 copies, they have failed to take the title of this year’s fastest-selling album away from Mumford and Sons. Their album, ‘Babel’, shifted 158,000 copies in a week.

The Rolling Stones‘ 50th anniversary collection ‘GRRR!’ is a new entry at Number Three, Andre Rieu & Johann Strauss Orchestra’s ‘Magic Of The Movies’ is at Number Four, while Robbie Williams’ ‘Take The Crown’ drops four places to Five.

Elsewhere, the second of Green Day‘s trilogy ‘iDos!’ is new in at Number 10, Soundgarden’s first album in 16 years ‘King Animal’ is at Number 21, while Deftone’s ‘Koi No Yokan’ debuts at Number 30.

In the Official UK Singles Chart, One Direction make it a chart double as their new track ‘Little Things’, which was written for them by Ed Sheeran, enters the chart at Number One.

Bruno Mars is at Number Two with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’, Little Mix at new in at Number Three with ‘DNA’, Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande is down two to Number Four with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ and Gabrielle Aplin’s cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s 1984 classic, The Power Of Love, shoots up 31 places to Number Five after being featured in John Lewis’ Christmas TV ad campaign.