One Direction have sold more records in the past year than Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Mumford & Sons and Kasabian put together, according to reports.
The Sun says that the boyband have now flogged 12 million records in less than a year, eclipsing the amount of sales rocked up by other chart heavyweights.
The whippersnappers’ sales figures are partly due to the success of their single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, which sold five million copies worldwide and three million in the US, as well as another three million copies of their debut album ‘Up All Night’ and a further one million copies of their Up All Night: The Live Tour DVD.
According to the BBC, meanwhile, the group have been given a special disc by Syco and Sony Music to recognise their chart success. The band’s Liam Payne said: “We have an incredible team of people around us who have helped us achieve this. Above all we would like to thank our fans. We owe all our success to them.”
One Direction made US chart history earlier this year when they became first British act to enter the Billboard albums chart at Number One with their debut album. Previously, the highest entry by a UK group for a debut release was The Beatles’ ‘Introducing The Beatles’.
Despite their widespread popularity, One Direction have found themselves under attack in recent motnhs. In May Kasabian’s Tom Meighan described the boyband as “five little dicks”, while in June, band member Zayn Malik was accused of “enciting jihad” and “pimping Islam” to young female fans in a savage online attack by a US right wing blogger.
They are also currently locked in a legal battle with a US band who also go by the name One Direction, with neither group prepared to budge over the rights to use the moniker.