One Direction have been crowned the most popular music act on Planet Earth in 2013 ahead of Katy Perry, Eminem and Justin Timberlake.
Liam, Niall, Louis, Harry and Zayn were named the Global Recording Artists of 2013 – a brand new award that factors in music streams, digital downloads and physical CD sales.
The IFPI, which promotes the international recording industry, awarded them the prestigious honour yesterday.
An elated Niall Horan said: “Incredible news. It’s great to have a chart that includes everything from iTunes and record stores, to YouTube and Spotify.
“Again a huge thank you to all of our fans for such an amazing 2013.”
Last year, One Direction hit number one on both sides of the Atlantic with their third album ‘Midnight Memories’ and became the first group in US history to debut at number one with their first three records.
Their singles ‘Story of My Life’ and ‘Best Song Ever’ notched up over 300million YouTube views between them and 1D were also one of the most played artists on Spotify.
Eminem is in second spot after the worldwide success of his acclaimed eighth album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’, Justin Timberlake is third and Bruno Mars and Katy Perry complete the top five.
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Congrats to Louis and 1D on the win for “Favorite Band” at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards! I’m so proud of you guys and all the fans that voted. The boys did not attend this year as they are resting up and back home, but big congrats to them! 🙂
Fans of One Direction heart-throb Louis Tomlinson have raised $22,222 – around £13,400 – in honour of the Doncaster lad’s 22nd birthday.
Scores of fans from across the globe made donations in dollars to Bluebell Wood children’s hospice as a gift to the singing sensation, who celebrated his birthday on Christmas Eve.
Fundraiser Amy Kathleen said: “Louis Tomlinson has done so much for fans and for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice so we, the fans, would like to give back – both to Louis and Bluebell Wood.
“We met our goal on December 22 and the donations have continued to come in.
“Thanks so much to everyone who supported the drive with donations, tweets and retweets, translating press releases, making T-shirt designs and all the other things you guys did to make this a success.”
Since shooting to fame as one fifth of the world’s hottest boyband, Louis has continued to support his local children’s hospice and is one of its patrons. Last year he was signed to Doncaster Rovers and appeared in a charity football match in aid of the good cause.
Louis said: “It was really important for me to support a local charity. Bluebell Wood is such a great cause and I’m very proud to be able to help them.”
After hearing about the fans’ fundraising, Louis’ mum tweeted: “Wow this is amazing and in Louis’ words, ‘Mum this would be so wonderful for Bluebell Wood!’ Thank you xxx.”
The hospice supports children with a shortened life expectancy by providing ongoing medical respite care for the child and support for family members.
Fans can continue to make donations by visiting www.justgiving.com/louisbirthday.
As we all know today is December 24 which means it’s Louis’ 22nd Birthday!
I want to say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY Louis! From your fans here at Louis-Tomlinson.org I hope you have a fantastic and fun birthday with all of your family and friends. Thank you for being so good to your fans over the years, and always staying true to who you are. All of us at Louis-Tomlinson.org adore you and want to wish you a fantastic birthday. Happy Birthday Louis! 🙂
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