One Direction Makes HistoryWith No. 1 Debut on Billboard200

U.K. pop vocal group One
Direction makes history on the
Billboard 200 albums chart as the
first U.K. group to debut at No. 1
with their debut album. “Up All
Night” enters atop the list with
176,000 copies sold, according to
Nielsen SoundScan.
Previously, the highest bow for a
U.K. group’s first album came on
Feb. 22, 1997, when Spice Girls
**’ “Spice” started at No. 6. The
album eventually climbed to No. 1
in its 14th week on the list,
spending five nonconsecutive
frames in the penthouse.
“Up All Night’s” lead single, “What
Makes You Beautiful,” debuted at
No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 a
month ago. That marked the
highest entry by a U.K. group’s
debut single since Spice Girls’
“Wannabe” bowed at No. 11 on
Jan. 25, 1997.
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 members hail
from the U.K., save for Horan, who
is from Ireland. The act has
nabbed three top three U.K.
singles and its debut album hit
No. 2 in November 2011.
For the past two weeks, One
Direction mania has been in full
swing in the U.S., as the group did
numerous album-signing events
at shopping malls and performed
on NBC’s “Today” show on March
12. The group’s record label,
SYCO/Columbia, says that over
10,000 fans showed up for the
“Today” gig — its first live TV
performance in America.
One Direction also recently
wrapped a 10-date concert tour
of the U.S., where they opened for
Big Time Rush **. Coincidentally,
One Direction’s No. 1 start on the
Billboard 200 is the highest debut
for a pop vocal group’s first
album since Big Time Rush’s
“BTR” landed at No. 3 on Oct. 30,
Our regular recap of the week’s
top 10 selling albums and songs
will be available on Wednesday


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