One Direction make history with US number one

Wednesday March 21, 2012

Boy band One Direction have become the first UK act to enter the US charts at number one with their debut album.

Former X Factor contestants Louis Tomlinson, 20, Harry Styles, 18, Zayn Malik, 19, Niall Horan, 18, and Liam Payne, also 18, sold over 176,00 copies of Up All Night to take the top spot.

Niall - who fans call Nialler – said: "When we got put together as a group, we couldn't imagine ourselves coming to America, let alone releasing our album here, so for us to be sitting at the top of the US album charts is unbelievable.

"We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us in the US."

The boys have been a smash hit across the Pond, where they are currently on a promotional tour, causing pandemonium wherever they go.

One of the highlights has been performing at New York's Rockefeller Center for America's biggest breakfast TV programme The Today Show (pictured).

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