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One Direction top Billboard charts with debut album

One Direction have become the first UK group ever to enter the Billboard 200 at number one with their debut album.

According to Nielsen Soundscan, the X-Factor boyband sold 176,000 copies of 'Up All Night' over the last seven days to keep fellow Brit Adele’s '21' and last week’s chart topper, Bruce Springsteen’s 'Wrecking Ball,' off the top spot.

The achievement surpasses the debut position of The Beatles’ first US release, 'Introducing The Beatles,' which charted at number four in its first week in 1964 and the Spice Girls’ 'Spice,' which entered at number six in 1997.

The album’s success tops off an incredible start to their American career, which has seen the quintet score a hit single with ‘What Makes You Beautiful,’ appear in front of 10,000 screaming fans on The Today Show and support Big Time Rush on their arena tour.

The band’s official Twitter account earlier posted this message: “Congratulations to One Direction for coming in at #1 on the U.S. @billboard charts. Thank you to all who've been there from day one. 1DHQ X.”




Watch a brand new video featuring the boys in America below: