One Direction go straight to number one in US charts

One Direction

One Direction

First published in Bradford

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.

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