One Direction make Billboard history, hold off Aguilera, Del Rey

Piya Sinha-Roy
Reuters Middle East

* 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

Marguerita Choy)

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