One Direction Make Chart History in the US
One Direction have made chart history in the United States by becoming the only group to debut its first four albums at number one. The boy band's new release Four has rocketed to the top of the Billboard 200 countdown with 387,000 first-week sales. The group, who triumphed at the ARIA Awards in Australia hours before the new chart statistics were revealed, became the fourth act to have its first four studio albums debut at the top – since the charts began 58 years ago, they’re the only group to achieve the top spot four times in a row, joining the ranks of soloists Britney Spears, DMX and Beyonce, who have also managed the feat.
With One Direction holding tightly onto the title of ‘world’s biggest band’ right now, it also marks the biggest week of album sales for a group since the band’s third album, Midnight Memories, sold over 500,000 copies last December.
One Direction’s fourth album in just three years, Four sold 387,000 copies in its first week of release, making it the second biggest debut of 2014 – putting it behind singer Harry Styles' ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift's 1989, which entered the chart at number one earlier this month with 1.287 million sales in its opening week.
Meanwhile, Swift's 1989 album has slipped to number two after spending three weeks at the top and a cappella group Pentatonix have officially kicked off the U.S. holiday season by crashing into the top three at three with That's Christmas To Me, one of three festive albums in the top 10.