LOS ANGELES – British boy band One Direction became the only group to score four consecutive No. 1 debuts on the American Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, ousting Taylor Swift from her chart-topping reign.
One Direction’s latest album, Four, sold 387,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
It follows the band’s three previous albums, 2011’s Up All Night, 2012’s Take Me Home and 2013’s Midnight Memories, all of which opened at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.
Sales of Four may have been boosted after One Direction won three prizes at Sunday’s televised American Music Awards, including the night’s top prize for Artist Of The Year. The group also performed their new song Night Changes at the ceremony. -Reuters