One Direction have scored the fastest-selling album of 2015 and a UK number one with ‘Made In The AM’, while Justin Bieber‘s new release ‘Purpose’ also topped all the year’s previous first-week sales.
‘Made In The AM’ sold 93,189 copies in the UK over the past week, topping Noel Gallagher‘s ‘Chasing Yesterday’ for sales in its first week of release. The fifth album is also their fourth consecutive UK number one, with only debut ‘Up All Night’ having failed to make the top of the charts.
Had Justin Bieber’s fourth album ‘Purpose’ been released a week earlier, it too would have taken the title of fastest seller of the year. Bieber instead has to settle for a UK number two and just over 90,000 first-week sales.
Adele’s ’25’ – which came out today (November 20) – is also widely expected to sell in huge volumes in its first week.
Former One Direction man Zayn Malik has also been making headlines in the week of the now-foursome’s release.
The singer previewed his first new music since leaving the band a few days ago, saying:
“I don’t feel like people really know what I’m going to give them, musically. And once they hear it, I feel like they will understand me a little bit more, and they’ll understand why I did what I did, and why I left the band, and why I had to write this shit down. Because for five—not even for five years, for ten years, this album has been in my brain, and it’s just been there, sat with me, needing to be out.”
Malik also denied rumours of gay relationships within his former band, telling Fader:
“There’s no secret relationships going on with any of the band members. It’s not funny, and it still continues to be quite hard for them.”
Justin Bieber, meanwhile, featured on NME’s cover recently, and released videos for every track on ‘Purpose’ earlier this week. The videos combine to make a short film called ‘Purpose: The Movement’.
Read NME’s review of ‘Made In The AM’ here.