One Direction make transatlantic pop history with Us No 1 album

British boyband become first UK act to top American chart with their debut

The debut album by One Direction, the boyband put together on The X Factor, has struck a blow for Britain by entering the the Us album chart at No 1 – displacing Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball. Up All Night sold 179,000 copies in a week after an intense promotional blitz that had some excitable commentators comparing it to the Beatles' first visit to the States in 1964. Its sales made One Direction the first British pop band to go straight in at No 1 in America with their first LP.

"Whenever we talk to people from the label they don't know what's going on – everyone's just overwhelmed by the reaction," the five-piece band's chief heartthrob, Harry Styles, told the Guardian. "We're just loving it." He described his band's achievement as "incredibly humbling".

His bandmate Zayn Malik played down the Beatles comparisons:
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