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One Direction has already stolen the hearts of millions of girls around the world, and this week it has stolen the tops of the charts, again.
According to Billboard, this week One Direction has broken another record. Their DVD concert special, “Up All Night: The Live Tour”, became the first #1 DVD to outsell a #1 album in the United States. The DVD sold 76,000 copies, the best first sales week for a music video release this year. It outsold the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, John Mayer’s “Born and Raised,” which sold 65,000 copies and all other releases (including singles) for the week. After only one week in sales, One Direction’s video is already the third largest selling music video for 2012.
In Canada, the DVD is selling twice the amount of copies than the number one album this week and is already the second best selling DVD of the year. In the UK, the DVD is number one on the official charts, becoming the biggest opening selling week of 2012.
The live tour DVD is currently number one in 25 countries, counting the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.
The band released statements about their excitement for the success of the DVD. “We’re blown away by the success of the DVD all around the world and want to thank everyone who has gone out and bought it, the support means so much to us. It was lots of fun filming the concert for the DVD, so we’re chuffed all the fans love it so much,” Niall Horan said.
The British boy band that was founded on the X Factor UK in 2010 has had their debut album, Up All Night, in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart for 12 straight weeks, gaining 12% in sales last week. Their single “What Makes You Beautiful” is spending it’s 16th week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their album, Up All Night, has sold 739,000 copies in the US so far and became the first British group to debut at number one on the Billboard chart. This current chart topper is their second record breaking achievement, and their debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” went double platinum.
The band, who recently won a Brit Award in February for Best British Single, is currently on their first headlining North American tour. They are playing 27 sold-out shows, hitting cities across the US and wrapping up in Fort Lauderdale, FL on July 1. With their second studio album in the works, the band will return to the US in December to play a special show at Madison Square Garden that sold out in less than 10 minutes.