One Direction in US chart-topping first

Paul Williams

The group's Syco/Columbia introductory effort Up All Night sold 176,000 copies in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data, knocking Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball from the top of the Billboard 200 chart. It prevented Adele's 21 from returning to number one for a 24th week.

One Direction's instant number one on the countdown is unprecedented for a UK group as no other British band before them have debuted at the top with their first album. And just three other ...

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