One Direction first U.K. band to hit no. 1 with debut album on U.S. Billboard charts

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The UK-Irish boy band One Direction has become the first British band to have their first album debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, USA Today reports. It’s a feat even The Beatles didn’t accomplish.

The band, which is also known as 1D , consists of five young guys: Harry Styles, 18, Niall Horan, 18, Zayn Malik, 19, Liam Payne, 18, and Louis Tomlinson, 20.

One Direction made their debut in the United States in February and said they couldn’t believe the fan base they had there already.

“For us to have only just come to the States and have people coming out like that is really amazing,” Styles said.

The band’s sizable presence on social media sites like Twitter and Tumblr is believed to have helped contribute to their success.

Columbia Records released first 1D’s single “What Makes You Beautiful” on Valentine’s Day. It sold 132,000 downloads in its first week, making it the highest debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart of any new British act since the Spice Girls.

The group’s album “Up All Night” is also a smash success, selling 176,000 copies in the U.S. last week alone.

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