One Direction tops album chart, makes history

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If you see the One Direction boys dancing all night to the best song ever tonight, be sure to raise a pint: The British boy band has landed Midnight Memories atop this week’s album charts and made history along the way, Billboard reports.

The quintet’s latest sold 546,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, making them the first group to see all of their first three albums bow at No. 1. Notably, the numbers have grown with each effort: Up All Night and sophomore effort Take Me Home, both of which saw stateside release just last year, sold 176,000 and 540,000 respectively.

As Billboard also points out, Midnight Memories makes One Direction only the third pop group in the SoundScan era to sell 500K+ in multiple one-week frames; the lads join the ranks of (you guessed it) *N Sync and the Backstreet Boys in that regard.

One Direction’s ascent came at the expense of last week’s chart champ, Eminem’s strong-performing The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which falls to No. 2 with 199,000. To add to the (musical) diversity, Garth Brooks’ Walmart-only box set Blame It All on My Roots slotted at No. 3 — an especially impressive feat, since it debuted only on Thursday (Thanksgiving) rather than Tuesday.

As for the rest of the chart, the mallard monarchs of Duck Dynasty  held steady at the No. 4 slot with their holiday album Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas (137,000) while Katy Perry’s Prism jumped from No. 11 to No. 5 with (136,000) owing to deep discounts in stores and online.

Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped in Red moved up from No. 9 to No. 6 with (131,000); Lady Gaga’s modestly-performing Artpop rose back up to No. 7 (116,000), thanks to her Thanksgiving TV special; Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party took No. 8 (109,000); Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz jumped from No. 16 to No. 9 (79,000); and the Now 48 compilation finished off the top ten (77,000).

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