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One Direction breaks US Billboard Chart record with their third album

Boy-band One Direction Boy-band One Direction made the headlines yet again with its third album becoming number one on the US Billboard 200 – making them the only group to have its first three albums top the chart during opening week.

The album ‘Midnight Memories’ is said to have sold 145,000 copies in just three days,  237,000 in one week, and up to 546,000 copies since being released on November 25, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The English-Irish band was formed in 2010 in British singing competition the The X Factor during which they signed a record label with Simon Cowell’s ‘Syco Records’. The boys Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne have since won over armies of adoring fans – better-known as ‘Directioners’ – from across the globe. Their ratings outside of UK have also been termed a new form of ‘British Invasion.’ One Direction has over 22.7 million fans on Facebook alone and more than 16 million followers on Twitter.

“The reaction to midnight memories is mind blowing! I literally cannot believe the charts this week! You guys are unbelievable!” tweeted Niall Horan in response to the record-breaking numbers.

Heart-throb Harry Styles posted: “Thank you so much to everyone who bought the album, you’re incredible. And we are nothing without you, I am very very happy today.”

The group’s hat-trick achievement on the US charts are particularly impressive as only two other boy bands – N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys – have ever recorded a sale of over half a million albums in one week.

The only other new album to make it to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week was Garth Brooks’ ‘Blame It on My Roots,’ which came in at number three on the charts.

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