One Direction's sophomore album TAKE ME HOME soars to the #1 position on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart with over 540,000 copies sold this week, the third highest debut of the year, making them the first British band to have their freshman and sophomore albums debut at #1 in the US. This is the second time this year One Direction made history as their debut album, UP ALL NIGHT, entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at #1, the first for a British band. This amazing U.S. debut comes hot on the heels of One Direction's massive international success where TAKE ME HOME entered the charts at #1 in over 32 countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Singapore. One Direction's TAKE ME HOME has also shattered the US iTunes pre-order record with over 130,000 albums sold in advance of its release.
TAKE ME HOME includes the history making #1 single "Live While We're Young," which sold over 341k copies in its first week, making it Billboard's biggest opening week sales for a single by a non-US artist ever. It has been an astonishing year for One Direction, they are the top selling debut artist of the year and have taken home 3 MTV Video Music Awards and 3 Teen Choice Awards. Their debut album UP ALL NIGHT has been certified platinum, and their live concert DVD "UP ALL NIGHT: THE LIVE TOUR" has reached #1 in 27 different countries, including the US for over 21 weeks. To date, One Direction have sold over 15 million records globally.
One Direction fans took over NBC's the Today Show plaza on November 13 to celebrate the release of TAKE ME HOME. With over 15,000 fans in attendance, One Direction made history for bringing out the largest crowd ever for the 2 day televised outdoor concert event. Other release week activities included a BRING1D2US outdoor concert for 5,000 fans on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and a performance on The XFactor US. Fans can catch One Direction featured on Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012, Dec. 12 on ABC.
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