Thursday, March 22, 2012

Boy band becomes first British group to open at No. 1

ArtsBeat reports: British boy-band One Direction, five young men — ages 17 to 20 — who were contestants on The X Factor, has become the first British group to open at No. 1 in the United States with a debut album, Billboard reported.

Their album, Up All Night, sold 176,000 copies here, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and its song “What Makes You Beautiful” is No. 7 on the digital songs chart with 135,000 downloads.

One Direction recently toured as an opening act for the slightly older Big Time Rush, but today it announced a summer headline tour.

Adele’s 21 held at No. 2 with 148,000 sales. Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits jumped 28 spots to No. 3 this week with 85,000 sales, a result of 25-cent promotions last week by Google and Amazon. Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball (Columbia) fell three places to No. 4 in its second week out, with 57,000.

Also on the chart this week, pop duo Fun. is No. 10 on the album chart with 22,000 sales of Some Nights, but its song “We Are Young” held at No. 1 on the singles chart with 349,000 sales, bringing that song’s total to nearly 2.2 million downloads.

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