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One Direction named UK's biggest recording artist of 2014

One Direction were the UK's most successful recording artist in the world last year.

The boyband were given the title by the IFPI Global Recording Artist Chart for the third time in a row.

The list compiles sales data from physical sales, streaming and downloading.

One Direction commented: "We just want to thank all our amazing fans everywhere.

"Every time we visit a new country we feel instantly accepted and it's mind-blowing to think the five of us have been able to connect with so many people."

Boss Simon Cowell added: "I am absolutely delighted – and immensely proud – that One Direction were the biggest UK act in the world in 2014.

"To accomplish this for a third year in a row is a fantastic achievement – and especially pleasing as this latest album also highlighted the band's skills as songwriters."

One Direction released their fourth album 'FOUR' in November last year.

Taylor Swift meanwhile was named the biggest recording artist in the world last year.

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Watch One Direction's 'Night Changes' video below: