UK POP SENSATION ONE DIRECTION BECOME FIRST BRITISH GROUP IN HISTORY TO DEBUT AT #1 IN THE US WITH DEBUT ALBUM

One Direction made history todayas their debut album UP ALL NIGHT entered the US Billboard 200 chart at #1with over 176,000 copies sold. This makes chart history as the first Britishgroup ever to debut at #1 in the US with their debut album release. UP ALLNIGHT went straight to No.1 on the digital chart within minutes of itsofficial release last Tuesday March13th.
Around the world, One Direction fanshave used online platforms such as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook creating aglobal phenomenon and inspiring a generation of 1D-mania. Dedicated fans of LiamPayne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik have takentheir music to the top of charts around the world. One Direction haveaccumulated over 204 million YouTube views, 12 million followers on Twitter andover 3.6 million followers on Facebook. The music video for “What Makes YouBeautiful” has already garnered over 72M views, check it out here: http://vevo.ly/1DWMYB . 
One Direction gained notoriety in2010 after appearing on The X Factor UK. Their global smash debut album, UpAll Night, entered the charts at #1 in 12 countries and has been certifiedtriple platinum in Ireland, double platinum in the UK &Australia, and platinum in New Zealand. In six months they have sold morethan 4.2million records worldwide. Their BRIT Award winning debut single “WhatMakes You Beautiful” entered the charts at #1 in both the UK and Ireland. Inthe U.S., “What Makes You Beautiful” sold more than 131,000 copies in its firstweek, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. Their #28 debut onthe Billboard Hot 100 marked the highest debut from a British Group sincethe Spice Girls in 1998.  
Harry Styles says: "Wesimply cannot believe that we are No.1 in America! It's beyond a dream cometrue for us. We want to thank each and every one of our fans in the US whobought our album and we would also like to thank the American public for beingso supportive of us." 
Niall Horan adds: "We justfound out that we are No.1 in America and as you can imagine, we are over themoon! When we got put together as a group, we couldn’t imagine ourselves comingto America, let alone releasing our album here, so for us to be sitting at thetop of the US album charts is unbelievable. We are so grateful to everyone whohas supported us in the US."  
The X Factor group, who were formed andmentored by Simon Cowell on the UK version of the hit TV show in 2010, weresigned to Cowell’s label Syco Music in 2011 in partnership with ColumbiaRecords in the US.   
Simon Cowell says: “Icouldn’t be happier for One Direction, it is an incredible achievement. Theydeserve it. They have the best fans in the world” 
Last week in New York, over 10,000 fansturned out for the band’s first live TV performance on NBC’s Today Show inRockefeller Plaza and record numbers of fans have turned out to see them atalbum signings in the US.  
Later this month One Direction willperform their hit single “What Makes You Beautiful” on the Nickelodeon KidsChoice Awards March 31st, and will appear in an episode of iCarly“iGo One Direction” set to premiere April 7th on Nickelodeon. Theband will also be the musical guests on Saturday Night Live April 7thwith guest host Sofia Vergara. 
Their 2013 UK/Ireland Arena Tour sold outimmediately with more dates needing to be added. An estimated 300,000 ticketswere sold in the first day. One Direction’s tour of Australia & NewZealand sold out in just three minutes. 
One Direction are Niall Horan,Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. All of the group hailfrom the U.K., save for Horan, who is from Ireland. All five of the boys (ages18-20) auditioned for the UK X Factor in 2010 as solo artists. However, at thesuggestion of Simon Cowell they joined forces as a group, quickly becoming oneof the competitions most popular acts of all time, finishing in the final threeand garnering a gigantic fan-base along the way.

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