One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” has been named 2013’s best-selling album in the world.
The British Phonographic Industry has released the latest numbers for last year’s global sales, revealing that the boy band sold four-million copies of its third studio album in just five weeks. The chart takes into account digital downloads, physical sales and streaming services. “Midnight Memories” landed in the number one spot on charts in 19 different countries – including the U.S. – when it dropped last November.
2013 marks the third year in a row that global sales have been topped by a British artist, after Adele’s “21” dominated the same chart in 2012 and 2011. Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” was the runner-up on the latest BPI tally.
The 10 best selling albums of the past decade are as follows:
- 2013: One Direction – Midnight Memories
- 2012: Adele – 21
- 2011: Adele – 21
- 2010: Eminem – Recovery
- 2009: Susan Boyle – I Dreamed a Dream
- 2008: Coldplay – Viva La Vida
- 2007: Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
- 2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium
- 2005: Coldplay – X&Y
- 2004: Usher – Confessions
One Direction is making the dreams of two lucky fans come true, after they won a contest for donating to U.K.-based cancer-fighting charity Trekstock. Two young ladies were chosen at random to be flown out for an VIP week in London, followed by a double date with Harry Styles and Liam Payne on their final night in town.
According to the “Daily Mail,” hundreds of One Direction fans were waiting outside a Soho hotel, where the boys took the contest winners for dinner on Tuesday night. Harry and Liam said in a joint statement that their evening out with the fans was “something [they’ve] never, ever done before.”
Why’d they do it? The singers are ambassadors for the Trekstock charity, which encourages young people to make healthy choices to prevent cancer.
Is Selena Gomez at the center of a beef between the One Direction guys and Justin Bieber? According toHollywood Life, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson are taking their longtime rival to task because of Gomez’s budding relationship with their bandmate, Niall Horan.
Apparently, One Direction is on Team Selena because they’ve heard all the stories about Justin from her friends. While she won’t talk trash about her ex, her friends will – and they’ve painted an ugly picture of Biebz to the guys
When Justin decided to hip-hop-ify his Instagram name to “Bizzle,” Louis and Liam felt like the time was right to dis him. They took to Twitter to randomly tweet words that rhymed with “Bizzle.”
That’s not all. During the BRIT Awards, the show’s host, James Cordon, asked Niall who’d be first to visit Biebz in prison. He laughed into the mic and said, “Um,” before looking away awkwardly. Stay tuned…