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NEW YORK, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — One Direction’s US success continues this week as their debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” passes 2 million digital sales and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. Their BRIT Award winning debut single, “What Makes You Beautiful” sold more than 131,000 copies in the US in its first week, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. Their #28 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 marked the highest debut from a British Group since the Spice Girls in 1998.
In March 2012, the group made chart history when their debut album UP ALL NIGHT entered the US Billboard 200 chart at #1 with over 176,000 copies sold, making them the first British group ever to debut at #1 in the US with their debut album release. To date the album has been certified GOLD and sold over 700,000 copies in the US alone. UP ALL NIGHT is a worldwide success selling over 2.3M albums and has charted at #1 in 16 countries (US, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand).
The Up All Night: The Live Tour DVD is available everywhere today. The live DVD features a 73-minute concert of their hit songs, plus never-before-seen, behind the scenes footage and three music videos (“What Makes You Beautiful,” “Gotta Be You” and “One Thing”). For more information visit: http://www.myplaydirect.com/one-direction .
One Direction kicked off their sold-out 2012 US summer tour last week in Uncasville, CT. The tour will hit Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and wraps July 1 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The band will return December 3 for a special show at Madison Square Garden which sold out in less than 10 minutes. One Direction are giving their fans a chance to see the group live once again in the summer of 2013 as part of their World Tour — the earliest they are able to return with a tour to the States. The Live Nation-promoted 25-city tour kicks off in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on June 13, 2013 and hits New York, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more (see below for full dates). Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. For more information visit www.onedirectionmusic.com .
One Direction are currently writing and recording their forthcoming second album.
One Direction are Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. All of the group hail from the U.K., save for Horan, who is from Ireland. All five of the boys (ages 18-20) auditioned for the UK X Factor in 2010 as solo artists. However, at the suggestion of Simon Cowell they joined forces as a group, quickly becoming one of the competition’s most popular acts of all time, finishing in the final three and garnering a gigantic fan-base along the way.
Source: Market Watch