One Direction's Take Me Home has taken the band featuring Bradford's Zayn Malik to the top of the US charts - and to new heights.

The London group's second album has sold 540,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan - the year's third-highest debut behind Taylor Swift's Red, which sold 1.2 million units in its first week earlier this month and Mumford & Sons' Babel, which sold more than 600,000 albums in September in its debut week.

The album also debuted at No 1 in the UK this week. The fivesome's debut, Up All Night, came in at No 2 in last year; it was just released in March in America, where it hit No 1 and has achieved platinum status.