LONDON/LOS ANGELES - British boy band One Direction has become the first UK group to d ebut at No. 1 in the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, adding another victory in their whirlwind success story.
The band sold more than 176,000 copies of their debut album "Up All Night", ma
king chart history in the United States, with the record soaring straight to the top of the digital charts within minutes of its official release on March 13th, a statement from the band's label Syco said on Wednesday.
One Direction's debut album knocked last week's chart topper, Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball," from No. 1 and came in ahead of Adele's Grammy-winning album "21," which remained at No. 2 with 148,000 copies sold last week.
The boy band came together on Britain's "The X Factor" television talent contest after judge Simon Cowell suggested they sing together as a band rather than on their own.
Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, a ll aged between 18 and 21, joined forces and became hot competition during the 2010 edition of "The X Factor," finishing in third place.
"When we got put together as a group, we couldn't imagine ourselves coming to America, let alone releasing our album here, so for us to be sitting at the top of the U.S. album charts is unbelievable," Horan said in a statement.
Over 10,000 fans turned up for the band's first live TV performance on the NBC's Today Show in New York.
The band have also racked up more than 204 million views on video website YouTube, have 12 million followers on Twitter and 3.6 million fans on Facebook.
"I couldn't be happier for One Direction, it is an incredible achievement," Cowell said.
One Direction's debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" won a BRIT Award in February and sold more than 131,000 copies in its first week. Their entry at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart also marked the highest singles debut from a British band since the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" in 1997.
"It's beyond a dream come true for us," fellow band member Styles said.
One Direction were signed to Cowell's Syco label in 2011 in partnership with Columbia Records in the United States.
Syco Entertainment is a music television, film and digital joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment whose assets include The X Factor and Got Talent, as well as artists such as Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, Cher Lloyd, One Direction & Labrinth.
One Direction's 2013 UK/Ireland Arena Tour sold out immediately with more dates needing to be added. An estimated 300,000 tickets were sold in the first day. One Direction's tour of Australia & New Zealand sold out in just three minutes.
I just read this article and I swear, my heart is pounding right now. I am so proud of our boys. They've really gone so far in just 2 years. First, the Brit and now, this. This is such a huge achievement because there are a lot of wonderful artists out there but they were the ones who topped! I don't even know how I can love five boys I don't really know in real life so much but I do. <3
Hanging By A Moment - Lifehouse
I have been LSS to this song for the whole week. I don't know.
About the title, I don't understand, and they don't understand. They don't understand because I just can't find the words to express what I feel. It's complicated. Why do conflicting feelings have to exist!
Often times, I'm so happy with my life. Sometimes, I feel so empty. I don't understand why, though.
Reading a Blaise/Ginny fanfic like a boss~
Right now, I am thinking about this school year. At first, it was really hard for every one to adjust because all of us were, in some way, still attached to our first year sections and our first year friends. Some got over that rough period earlier than the others but I wasn’t one of them. I remember that for the first month, I ate lunch with Bana, Bea, Jo, and Hazel, whoever had the same lunch period. Topaz was really close, you know and I guess I got used to it or something. But after a while, I don’t know, I got over the fact that I’m not first year anymore and I started to make friends with people in our section. And they were lovely people, indeed. I am serious here, do not laugh.
I guess some of the first people I got close to in Sampa were K, Kristine, Macqui, Kryzsa and Celz and David. Kitty, Geo and I got closer compared to when we were in Topaz. Cj and I were close before, but not in the talking way, more of in the bonding way, but this school year, we really talked. I don’t know how and exactly when it happened, but after a few months, I started liking being in Sampa already.
Oh my god, wave of nostalgia. All the things I will miss :(
The open forum :o I remember it clearly enough. The fieldtrip. The homeroom sessions. The Val Ed classes. The everyday banter. Bangag people. Corny Jokes. MGA POGI. Vivian race. Fries/Food trip. Those nights near the boy’s dorm. Triple date sa oval. Omfg Vivi during the Hip Hop Abs, lol. Gab’s printing press, Christmas epic exchange gift, even though we have lousy programs, we ALWAYS have yummy food, Emman’s barbecque
of course, would I ever forget the perpetually bangag late night sampa parteyss? These guys never fail to make me laugh in spite of all the stress second year brings, @ Celz, Marianne, Neil, Geo, and Jade. JADE JADE JADE. Our Mongolian trips, all the hugs, omg the sabawness and the toothbrushing for pleasure~ Thank you, Jade, for putting up with me even though sometimes I can be a bitch like Bellatriiks. :(
And op kors, lahat ng pogi sa Sampa nakakamiss. @ GULA, ang hari ng pogi forever, Siya na. The rak en rolz and the terti and the help and everything. @ Dave, omg dave!!!!!1 NOOOO. Who else can cheer me up just by singing? Mr. Curiosity, Geek In The Pink, Wordplay, You And I Both, at sa lahat ng corny and nerdy jokes sa mundo, walang tatalo sa mga jokes niya. @ Jeremy, the buddy and the kuya. Thank god you hug back now. All the Math help and the asking for my advice even though he IS older. HAHAHAHAH his favorite songs. Billionaire, Just The Way You Are and Oh My Gosh. @-) Thank you, Jeremy, for almost not singing them anymore. @ David, DAVIIIIIIIIIIIID. If he won’t make a tumblr account this summer, I will change my dp and my url to something that will be hard to find and type. David, the drama, the super haba then super ikling kwentos, hehe Mraz songs. The four of them are like, some of the people I want to see and be with when I’m having a bad day because even if they’re super corny, idgaf okay, they make me laugh and happy. ~~
Okay dormers. Nax. @ Lyon. Another madrama person @-) But without that guy, my music library will be reduced to half. HAHAHAHAH The radio of my life and even though his jokes are not funny, his face is so it even things out. Kidding. Not Oh yes, I can also blame him for me being bipolar cause maybe being bipolar is a communicable disease and I most probably got it from him. W/e. @ Michael, omg BroMagYu forever. @ Josh, omfg this guy’s funny without trying to be. The “Cholo” daw of our class, accdg. to Ma’am Mijares. But you know, he is sweet din. Guess how I knew that :o :> :> The best Physics seat mate. He can perfect an lt without taking notes, or even without really listening. Idk, go figure.
To my fellow hp worshipers and fellow fanfic readers @ Diego, the perpetually not talkative guy and dota dude. I never expected that he reads fanfic @-) Ron-Hermione shipping, wtf Diego and NO, VIVI DOESN’T LOOK LIKE TOM FELTON OKAY. @ Cheska, omg I love your perfume forever. Vanilla’s so perfect. AND WE WILL GO KILL EMMAN TOGETHER, YES. @ Jade, @ Dave
And after a while, who doesn’t get tired of Joey’s endless stories about his many friends and relatives? And @ Joey, he has the most random taste in music ever. I love his iPod cause it has songs from various genres but it doesn’t have enough J Mraz songs! @ Migs, the one who got srsly angry at me and up to now, I don’t full understand why but I get it and I am regret. Jokes na hindi nakakatawa, various silly faces, and he is the best in filipino ever =)) OH WAIT, talo siya nina Marianne and Michael =))
@ Joanne, bat ang random nito @-) lol @ Monchai, the field trip and the envisci trip
There was that time when Lyon and Jade and I were walking through the SHB to the caf and Jade was holding Lyon and I and some first year dudes greeted Lyon and Jade was like, “Hi, I’m Jade.” And Lyon and I were like, lol Jade what.
DAVE DAVE DAVE YOUR JOKES AND YOUR VOICE //// USE YOUR TUMBLR NGA
Oh god and when David asked me why is it that girls hate to sneeze when they have their period and I was like, fck no please no. And Dave knew why; I guess he’s a girl in his past life or something.
Josh: “Ano yung torete? Yun ba yung tinutugtog tuwing new year?” wegbowaubgaowebgl; Josh =))
Celz’s pastas and cakes forever.
Marianne’s sleeping face and random bursts and oh oh English time.
Ma’am Mijares: *discussing lesson*
Marianne: *smiles her creepy smile”
Ma’am Mijares: Why are you smiling, Marianne?
Marianne: WHY? IS IT A CRIME TO SMILE?
The drama Macqui and I had. Oh wait, there was a lot.
The time when Mara, David, Jade, Lyon and I had that talk beside the Bio room about things @-)
Art projects. The Art Architecture project ruined my life the most. All those hours of sleep that was taken away from me :(
I LOVE K’S HOUSE OKAY. I LOVE HER ROOF AND HER MASSAGE CHAIR AND THE FOOD AND I LOVE K >:D
Peryodiko and Johnoy Danao.
Those moments when we sing together. Omg nothing will beat the concert we had during Art period! @ Dave, David, K, Macqui, Kryzsa, Kristine. Thanks other Sampa people, for not disowning us.
Marianne’s and Lyon’s ipods.
"Don't make me habol just because I'm huggable" :))
Those moments in English and Music classes where my eyes and someone else’s eyes would meet and we would try our hardest not to laugh or roll or eyes.
I love my Chem groupmates. BUT I STILL HATE EMMAN, ENJFOAWNEF;WASDL
Juno, ftw. Oh wait, panalo parin Rec 1
LNSP’s webcam picture sharing and omg the peeks I had during their sleepover @-)
argbfalwiesjgnaweaf;awesfjna I should stop. :(
I can’t wait for the Batch Night and the class outing. A little more than two weeks left. I can’t believe it. Just when I was really loving it in Sampa and just when we’re all settled in and just when it really feels like better, here comes Summer disrupting it all. Oh well, as if we won’t see each other again next school year. It will be different, but we’ll live. Sana lang pwedeng mangyari ang III-Sampa, kahit hanggang IV pa, okay lang. Okay na `ko dito. Masaya.
I am sad. David made me sad. I don't like David. But I miss David.
O m g h o w I m i s s y o u S A M P A ! ! ! :'(
This week was tiring. Ramayana ramayana ramayana~ Post play high, omg.. :((
I love our section. I swear. We worked real hard for the play.
That's why our play was awesome.
I was a little hurt when Emman made fun of me when I was saying the roll call, though.
Oh well, he made up for it.
Omg, Milo and Jem, I love our frisbee skillzzzz~
Migs said our play's just third best.
Then I remembered his opinion doesn't count.
Hehe just kidding chevrolet whatever.
I forgot to go to the Aksis 101 because of the Sr play.
It's okay cause I got to be with Emman and Mikai and some topaz and sampa and mg people. :">
So many homeworks for the weekend.
I can't feel my three day weekend. :(
I haven't done anything of real value today except for one str proposal. :(
Oh well, at least I have one.
I want to continue reading that Sunday Morning fanfic na. :(
Oh well. Studies first.
Physics and Math classes this week were fun and bangag. :">
I love you, Mg girls and Sir Mark. =))
I am so happy these past few weeks. Not completely, of course, but you know.
I am content with my life right now.
I mean, not content in the way that I don't want to change anything.
Content as in I don't feel any bad feelings of hatred or jealousy or bitterness that much anymore.
I'm happy. :) Finally.
I wish this feeling would last.
And omg, success! I am enjoying my studies now. :) I will enjoy my third year in Pisay.
Socsci made me think. I will live every day to the fullest.
I miss my Sampa bb's. :'(
I miss the pogi guys, jade and our hugs, the banter every break, i miss everything!
I miss Cj and Lyon, our friendship back then. I miss Kitty's lunches.
I'm not as close to people as I was today. That's sad.
But I know I can improve that pa.
I will not worry. Hakuna Matata!
Next challenge for our class: Dikum!
Oh how we fought for which songs we would sing.
At least we got that settled.
We can do this! We are awesome.