* One Direction only UK band with No. 1 debut and second
* Twilight soundtrack at No. 3 after film release last week
* Soundgarden at No. 5, Aguilera at No. 7, Del Rey at No. 10
LOS ANGELES, Nov 21 (Reuters) - British boyband One
Direction made Billboard chart history on Wednesday after
storming to the top of the 200 album chart with their second
album "Take Me Home," holding off competition from Christina
Aguilera, Soundgarden and Lana Del Rey.
"Take Me Home" notched the third-biggest opening week sales
of the year with 540,000 units sold according to figures from
Nielsen SoundScan, placing it behind only Mumford & Son's
"Babel" and Taylor Swift's "Red," which had the year's biggest
opening with 1.2 million copies sold.
This is also the first time a British band have seen their
first two albums debut at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200
chart. Their first album "Up All Night" shot to the top of the
chart with 176,000 copies in March this year.
The lead single from "Take Me Home," "Live While We're
Young" also made Billboard chart history after selling 341,000
copies in its first week, becoming the biggest opening week
single sales for a non-U.S. artist.
One Direction were able to trump a new release from pop star
and "The Voice" judge Aguilera, who debuted at No. 7 with her
fifth studio album "Lotus," selling 73,000 copies.
She was unable to replicate the success of fellow "Voice"
judge Adam Levine, whose band Maroon 5 shot to No. 2 on the
album chart in July with "Overexposed," selling 222,000 copies.
The members of the British-Irish quintet One Direction, aged
between 18 and 20, are Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik,
Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne. They have come a long way since
forming on Britain's "The X Factor," coming in third place and
going on to conquer the U.S. and build a devoted following of
Their success has also piqued the curiosity of interviewer
Barbara Walters, who will be speaking to the band for her annual
"The 10 Most Fascinating People," airing on ABC on Dec. 12.
The band will face stiff competition from R&B star Rihanna
for the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart next week, as her
new album "Unapologetic" is set for a big debut.
Elsewhere on the album chart, seven new debuts entered the
top 10 this week.
Taylor Swift's "Red" was knocked down to No. 2 by One
Direction's debut, while the soundtrack for the final "Twilight"
film, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," debuted at No. 3 with sales of
93,000 after the film hit theaters last week.
The soundtrack features lead single "The Forgotten" by Green
Day and songs by Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Fiest and a duet
between "Twilight" cast member Nikki Reed and husband Paul
McDonald, a former "American Idol" finalist.
Canadian R&B star The Weeknd landed at No. 4 this week with
his hotly anticipated debut, "Trilogy," while 1990s grunge rock
band Soundgarden rounded out the top five with "King Animal,"
their first album in 16 years.
Green Day's "Dos!," the second installment of their trilogy
of new albums this year, came in at No. 9 on the chart with
69,000 copies, a big drop from their first album "Uno!," which
debuted at No. 2 in October with sales of 139,000 copies. The
third installment, "Tre!," is due out on Dec. 11.
Indie-pop songstress Del Rey rounded out the top ten with
her latest studio set "Paradise," an eight-song record which was
also offered as part of a deluxe edition of her debut album
"Born To Die," which notched No. 2 on the chart in February.
(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; editing by Patricia Reaney and