One Direction Make Billboard History
One Direction are the first British act to ever debut at No. 1 with their first release. The band sold over 176,000 copies of their album, which shot straight to the top of the digital charts within minutes of its release on March 13.
Those aren’t the only impressive numbers the ‘One Thing’ singers have accumulated. They’ve also racked up over 204 million YouTube views, 12 million followers on Twitter and over 3.6 million Facebook fans.
It’s the second record the ‘X Factor U.K.’ alumni have achieved in a month. Their first U.S. single, ‘What Makes You Beautiful,’ debuted at No. 28 on the Hot 100, the highest chart debut from a U.K. act since 1998 — and that was before the song even hit radio!
What’s next? An arena tour and a TV show for starters. One Direction’s one direction? Clearly going up.