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One Direction's "Take Me Home" Tops Chart, Sells Over 540,000 Copies

Image courtesy of Columbia Records/Syco (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Columbia Records/Syco (via ABC News Radio)

Most artists are lucky to get one #1 album in their entire career, but One Direction has just scored their second chart-topping disc of the last 12 months.  The British boy band's new album Take Me Home arrives at #1 on the Billboard album chart with first-week sales of over 540,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Earlier this year, the group's first U.S. release album, Up All Night , also debuted at #1 back in March, a first for a British band's debut album.  One Direction is now the first group to debut at #1 with their first two albums since Danity Kane -- remember them? -- did it 2006 and 2008. 

In addition, Take Me Home had the third-biggest debut sales week of the year, after Taylor Swift's Red and Mumford & Sons' Babel.

Amazingly, though, One Direction is not the first act this year to score two #1 albums within a 12 month period.  Justin Bieber did it  with his Christmas album Under the Mistletoe , followed eight months later by Believe in July.

Up next for 1D: a December 3 sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden and an appearance on Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012, airing December 12 on ABC.

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