One Direction Chart Highest New UK Act Billboard Hot 100 Debut Since 1998

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1D released their debut US single “What Makes You Beautiful” only last week, and have now broken a 14 year old sales record, selling 132,000 in the first week of sales, according to Nielsen Sound Scan.

The song is the biggest seller since The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” back in 1998, and the last two UK acts to chart higher are Jimmy Ray (who?) and the Spice Girls back in 1998 and 1997 respectively.

The accolade is a terrific launchpad for future USA success, and comes despite their US record label Columbia not even starting pushing for radio airplay – which instead starts from next week.

WMYB peaked at number 9 on the iTunes US chart.

Good on ya lads!

After their recent triumph at the Brit Awards, 1D posted the following video as thank-you to their fans: