One Direction Tops Billboard 200, First UK Group to Debut at No. 1

It’s official.   Simon Cowell’s boy band, One Direction will bow on the Billboard 200 tomorrow at #1, selling 176k copies of their debut album, Up All Night, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

If that news isn’t sweet enough, the lads made Billboard history as the first U.K group to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Previously, the highest bow for a U.K. group’s first album came on Feb. 22, 1997, when Spice Girls’ “Spice” started at No. 6. The album eventually climbed to No. 1 in its 14th week on the list, spending five nonconsecutive frames in the penthouse.

So, there you go. Congratulations Simon and co. This should bode well for the Groups category when X Factor comes back to FOX in the fall. Do you think Simon will mentor the groups this year? Maybe he’ll try to see if he can make lightning strike twice!  One Direction were 3rd place finishers in the seventh series of X Factor UK.  (Via Billboard)

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  • Mateja Praznik

    176 copies … LOL.

  • DoesMonaKnow

    I was going to say…albums are done in America if it takes less than 200 copies to top the Billboard 200!

  • No Thanks

    Common MJ, it won’t hurt you to add those 3 zeros after 176…  LOL!

  • Anonymous

     OK, everyone else already commented about the “176 Copies,” so I will refrain from doing so also.  :-)

  • Karen C


    I think this will definately help the US X Factor including the groups. They will be looking for a US version of One Direction.   And Simon probably will take the groups category, he was the mentor for One Direction.  

    I have to say, I did watch the UK X Factor online the past couple of years, and didn’t think they would be that successful.  I think the key is marketing and the music they came out with. 

  • Anonymous

    For a group that people on both sides of the pond kept predicting would flop, those boys have done pretty well. No doubt Simon would like a repeat of this on US X Factor but, in seven seasons of UK X Factor, this is the only made up group that has enjoyed commercial success. The other group that has been commercially successful, JLS, came ready made. They came in 2nd the same year Alex Burke won and Simon refused to sign them, even though they begged him to do it. I’m sure he’s still kicking himself over that one. 

    At any rate, I’m glad for the kids but a little disgusted about the dollar signs blinking in Simon’s eyes.

  • hayes

    I have to say, I did watch the UK X Factor online the past couple of years, and didn’t think they would be that successful.

    I’ve seen those videos too and they sucked on the show. They were off-key most of the time, no harmonies whatsoever.

    But I give them a lot of credit for improving a whole lot since then. I actually believe that they can sing pretty well, and that the harmonies aren’t half bad. Congrats to them.

  • John Williams

    Hum, this seems to be a good week for 3rd place finishers.

  • Anonymous

    If One Direction is replacing Bieber as the new tween/teen idols than I hope they do well. At least they can sing.

  • Pam

    I guess I’ll eat my words now.  haha  I am truly impressed.  It will indeed be interesting to see what happens with the US X-Factor when it returns to the air this fall.  No doubt Simon is over the moon right now.  Congrats to these lads.  Job well done.

  • chessguy99

    I’m sure the XF Boot Camp will have a considerably larger number of 16-20 year old males this year. With 1D having a #1 album and The Wanted near the top of the BB100, its looking as if America is ready for a boy band resurgence.

  • Anonymous

    They really have improved a lot but it’s not surprising. They were so young and they were just thrown together shortly before the show. Plus the only one who had been in a group prior was Harry, and whose to say how good of a group that was. 

    When they first were stuck together, they couldn’t have succeeded as soloists. Liam had the singing skills; he just didn’t have that star spark. He is way too serious for a kid.  Harry had/has stage fright at times but a nice tone and a good personality for a teen heartthrob. Zayn had zero performing skills and zippo self confidence. He has had the greatest growth arc of the group, not to mention they have done magic highlighting his physical good looks.  Niall and Louis have charming personalities.  But singing skills?  Let’s just generously say they probably sound better than your average church singer.

    They are still just babies and still have the potential to grow a lot.  

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to One Direction. 

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t pay to see them in concert, but I must admit “What Makes You Beautiful” is a catchy song and Harry and to a lesser extent Zayn are easy on the eyes (I’m old enough to be their mother, but I’m not a cougar).

    That being said, Adele’s album should return to the top spot next week.

  • Leandro

    They sold 176 copies, but Simon Cowell will add more 3 zeros. 

  • Sassycatz

    It’s a god damn shame that this is what is sells but never underestimate the stupidity of…. 

  • Anonymous

    Given what this says about the sorry state of the music business, 176 copies sounds about right!

  • Anonymous

    Well since I have been whining and sighing about the growing inevitability of the boy band sound, and with it boy bands themselves making a comeback for month now (imho the success of ‘Tonight, Tonight’ last year was one of the early signs).
    I sort of had time to get it out out my system, and after going throw all the stages of grief reach the point of acceptance.

    So with this bit of consolation, I can just sit back and enjoy watching the Wanted, One Direction and Carly Rae Jepsen’s success (she is obviously not a boy band, but imho her ‘Call Me Maybe’ falls to the exact same type of lighthearted, youthful, hooky 90th pop that is experiencing a resurgence right now).

    Big congrats to One Direction. I gotta say, their A&R people have done an excellent job there.
    The boys have put out exactly the type of songs they needed in order to capitalize on that cute factor all the way.

  • Susan

    Too bad Westlife are breaking up just as the cyclical music scene in the US has just swung back around to boy bands.

    Of course, they NEVER sounded as teenybopper as One Direction.

  • Anonymous

    1D is like any other pop star on radio nowadays – a carefully crafted package – good looks, ok voices, meticulously blended with the right amount of catchy songs, photoshop, media campaigns. Warm up then serve number one hits.

  • Anonymous

    1D’s songs are catchy. The track “I want” is a song written by Mcfly, a well- known band in UK.

    Another track “Tell me a Lie” is written by Kelly Clarkson. Well, she co-wrote the song actually, and the co-writers produced the song for 1D. 

    Here is the link to the demo version of Kelly’s “Tell me a lie”. Its a nice song. I wonder why she gave it to 1D instead of including it in her album.

    Also the link to 1D’s version of the song.

  • Jeanne

    They aren’t just for teens/tweens I’m almost 54 and I love them right along with my daughter. Something refreshing something new for a change. I don’t understand why people always assume this type of music is for teens. Kind of silly!

  • jonnyk

    Does this mean it’s the end of fetus Beib era?  Please be so.  He’s made so much money so far with no singing talent.  His vocals are really going south and it’s time for tweenies to move on.

  • Anonymous

    I actually thought they were younger than Justin (15-18 range) , but they are in the 18-20 range , already in the last part of their teen years ….. and Justin had his own nice ride, he handled well and i really don’t think he’s going to disappear like that .

    The other bandboy ‘Wanted ‘ are older than one direction :o and even than David Archuleta, so they like 1D can keep the attention of some college population and even older people who loves Ban boys music a la NKOTB and BSB …. i can tell you is a good segment market to have. ;)

  • Joseph

    See, this is why I’m glad Idol isn’t doing a “Billboard Current Music” theme… because I’d hate for contestants to have to cover crap like this. Give me Billy Joel for the next ten straight weeks before I have to hear this nonsense…

  • Anonymous

    I hate 1D but I can’t help but be happy for them. I like that feeling of “I knew about those guys before they were cool”.

    Plus, if it means Bieber Fever is dying then YES. At least these guys can sing… individually at least. When they auditioned before they were put in a group, I liked Liam Payne.

    It really is a shame that this is what sells, though. But now that I look at it, it reminds me of when my sister was really into NSYNC, although as much as she loved them she wasn’t nearly as obnoxious as some Bieber fans I see.

  • Erika Fernandez

    Congrats boys.  I’m so happy for them.  I watched them on X-Factor and they’ve grown so much.  Very well deserved.

  • sweetmm

    Yep I’m over 40 and their songs are catchy enough to keep me awake while I’m driving; to make it worst I even have a favorite ;)  Listening and singing along to their cheesy songs somehow makes me feel rejuvenated and young :)

  • Mateja Praznik

    Press release:

    Simon Cowell says: “I couldn’t be happier for One Direction, it is an
    incredible achievement. They deserve it. They have the best fans in the

  • Chris

    It just means Bieber better start saving his money since his days are numbered. And the Jonas brothers? ??? Only for reunion tours.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    These guys are cute and I can see their appeal, even if I’m not a member of their major target demographic.  I don’t begrudge any of these teen pop stars their success and think that Justin Bieber is a pretty talented singer/composer and musician.  He may stick around for a while and be the exception to the “rule” of teen pop wonders having a short, but mega-popular career.  I’m not sure about 1D’s longevity, but I hope that they are getting a decent cut of the financial pie.

  • Mateja Praznik

    More from Music Week:

    One Direction’s instant number one on the countdown is unprecedented
    for a UK group as no other British band before them have debuted at the
    top with their first album. And just three other UK acts previously have
    topped the chart with debut efforts having climbed to the summit,
    beginning with Blind Faith’s self-titled debut in 1969, then Bad
    Company’s own eponymous effort in 1974 and Spice Girls’ Spice in 1997.
    Until now the Spice Girls had the best start for a British group on the
    countdown when their debut Spice entered at six in February 1997 on its
    way to number one.

    Two British
    solo acts have landed instant number ones on the chart with their debuts
    – Leona Lewis in 2008 with Spirit and Susan Boyle the following year
    with I Dreamed A Dream. Like One Direction, both acts are signed to
    Simon Cowell’s Syco label.

    One Direction have also made chart
    history in Canada, becoming the first international act to enter at
    number one on the chart with a debut release in the SoundScan era.

    #1 in the USA and Canada!

  • Tess

    I think it will be fun to watch the tweenie universe over the next few months when Bieber releases his new single and album…who will win the hearts and minds of all those screaming twelve year olds.

  • Anonymous

    I would LOVE for Deandre to cover What Makes You Beautiful!  Fingers crossed for that theme. “W-w-well come on! You got it wrong..” lol!

  • Anonymous

    Wow I really like Kelly’s demo of TMAL. I think that could be a big hit for her. Too bad she didn’t include it on her album.  I wonder if it’s a potential single for OD.

    Kelly is really on a roll these days. :0   Uncle Simon too.

  • itsalleternal

    Could some combination like Eben, Reed, Colton, Creighton and Chase or something be molded into a US boy band?

  • Wex

    Cue obnoxious Simon Gloating…Now lets see him have Melanie Amaro debut at #1.

  • Wex

    Great social media/internet campaign. 5 cute guys aged 18-20 appealing to tween girls doesnt hurt

  • hcpoirot

    After 7 years of X factor, they had 2 girls and 2 groups to brag about. Others were successful at first but already gone now.

    They are: Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke. Groups: JLS and of course One Direction.

    Again, time and time again prove that being a winner its not a guarantee of a success. Now we woaut if the winner of season 8 (a girl group) can be as successful as others.

    Season 2 of X factor US, from 4 groups, three of them will be made from soloist. 2 boy band and one girl band.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Let’s see, who is successful from seasons 1-7: Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, JLS, Olly Murs, One Direction, Rebecca Ferguson. Oh and Jedward, in their own way.

    To be completely honest, until Leona (season 3) Syco didn’t put that much effort into post X Factor albums. I think Steve and Shayne released albums of mostly covers for Mother’s day first. Shayne survived that. With Leona, Simon got Clive Davis involved and she was the first to release in the fall. But Alexandra was the only other winner that was really successful with that tactic. Male solo winners like Leon and Joe flopped because there simply wasn’t much potential for a popstar career with them.

    But since season 5, I think Syco is ready to put a lot of effort and money behind acts with potential.

  • luvadamlambert

    What makes you beautiful is like the best song everrrr plus they’re so hot <3

  • Anonymous

    He’ll lose money on Melanie Amaro. Or rather L.A. Reid will, lol. Melanie is a fugly version of a dated concept. I wonder about Simon. Seems he’s losing it yet lucked out with One Direction. If he’s really going to have George Clooney’s latest beard host the show I may not tune in.  

  • Lexie

    Seeing these Billboard records being set made me wonder…how do the Billboard Music Awards work?  I’ve never watched before, but am intrigued now…

  • hayes

    I get e-mails from Live Nation about upcoming concerts, and today I received one promoting One Direction’s upcoming tour. Apparently they’re headlining their own tour this summer. They’re probably not going anywhere anytime soon…

    And I fully expect to see them perform come awards time. AMA, VMA, BMA, whatever other MA is out there.

  • Anonymous

    You think Bieber fans are obnoxious? Wait until you get a taste of One Direction’s fans.  To say they are rabid is an understatement. 

  • Wex

    I agree @ Keibler – I think she has no personality & if he gets here, he’s just trying to get some Clooney buzz – and he’ll probably dump her like he dumps all his girlfriends.  Id be curious to see what Melanie puts out.  I just watched something the other day talking about how most of the girl Idols are all trying to be the next Celine and thats not really whats current today…Idol needs a girl Lambert – a gaga/perry ish type contestant…but its hard when they keep having them sing songs that are decades old that the contestants don’t even know them…we forget these kids are mostly born in the 90s