One Direction Aiming for HistoricNo. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

One Direction ** could be on the
way to making history on the
Billboard 200 albums chart next
Industry sources suggest the
vocal quintet’s “Up All Night” may
sell between 160,000 and
180,000 copies by the end of the
tracking week on March 18.
That sum could be enough to
snag a No. 1 bow — and it would
mark the first U.K. group in
history to debut at No. 1 with its
first album.
Adele **’s “21” set may also sell
around 150,000 to 160,000 — so
that album could block One
Direction from No. 1 and make a
return to the top (for a 24th
While many U.K. groups have hit
No. 1 ( Coldplay **, the BEATLES,
Spice Girls **, DEPECHE MODE and
so on), none have — so far —
opened atop the list with their
first release.
The new Billboard 200 chart’s top
10 will be revealed on the
morning of Wednesday, March 21.
Formed on the 2010 edition of
the U.K.’s “X Factor” TV program,
One Direction comprises Niall
Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne,
Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
All of the group hails from the
U.K., save for Horan, who is from
Ireland. The act has nabbed three
top three U.K. singles and reached
No. 2 with its debut album “Up All
Night” in November 2011.
Back on the U.S. charts, “Up All
Night’s” lead single “What Makes
You Beautiful” climbs from No. 50
to No. 44 this week on the
Billboard Hot 100. It debuted at
No. 28 three weeks ago. So far,
the song has sold 338,000
downloads in the U.S., according
to Nielsen SoundScan.


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