One Direction Tops US Billboard Charts

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One Direction is becoming a genuine runaway sensation, and their newest accomplishment is no small feat - their debut album has made Billboard chart history!


One Direction is becoming a genuine runaway sensation, and their newest accomplishment is no small feat.

Brit boy band One Direction has made Billboard history, becoming the first British act to debut at number one with their first album release.

Their debut album, "Up All Night," sold 176,000 copies, plus earned them the top spot on the digital charts within minutes of its March 13 release.

Other One Direction bragging rights include 204 million YouTube views, 12 million Twitter followers and over 3.6 million Facebook fans.

One Direction's first U.S. single, 'What Makes You Beautiful,' debuted at No. 28 on the Hot 100 chart. Not too shabby.

Radio Disney creative director Ernie D, commented on the success of boy bands now versus their 1990s counterparts, noting, "The way it's happening now, it's a little more sudden. Back then, you had to build your fan base, get a following. Now with all social media, you have a fan base immediately."

The ability for celebrities to stay so closely in touch with their fans through Twitter and Facebook was unheard of in the 90s.

In a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, the guys talked about how they worked on their chemistry since they didn't know each other before 'X Factor.'

Niall explained, "We all went to Harry's house and we all spent a week getting to know each other to make sure we were all friends before we were band mates. We were playing soccer all the time and just jamming on the guitar...we all get along really well, and even when we're not at work we all spend time together and we all live next to each other."

As for their song, 'What Makes You Beautiful,' Zayn said, "The minute we did that song...we were like, 'This is our thing. This is our song. This is our sound.' We knew straight away, because it was completely different to anything we've heard before. We never heard a track like that before on the radio and we were like 'This is the direction,' excuse my pun, that we're going to go in."


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