As expected, One Direction’s second album, “Take Me Home,” has debuted at No. 1 in several countries, including the United States.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, “Take Me Home” sold 540,000 copies in its first week on sale in the United States, where the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
One Direction came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010.
According to Sony Music, “Take Me Home” has “also shattered the U.S. iTunes pre-order record with over 130,000 albums sold in advance of its release.”
In March 2012, One Direction made music history (and the Guinness Book of World Records) for being the first British group to have its first album debut at No. 1 in the U.S on the Billboard 200 chart. “Up All Night” sold 176,000 copies in its first week on sale in the U.S.
In the U.K. and Ireland, One Direction debuted in the same week at No. 1 on the album chart with “Take Me Home” and the singles chart with “Little Things,” the second single from “Take Me Home.”
According to Sony Music, “Take Me Home” has so debuted at No. 1 in these countries:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
- The Netherlands
- Czech Republic
- United Arab Emirates
- The Philippines
In addition, “Take Me Home” debuted in the Top 2 in these countries:
“Live While We’re Young,” the first single from “Take Me Home,” was a Top 10 hit in numerous countries.
One Direction’s 2013 world tour sold out many of its dates within minutes.
According to Sony Music, One Direction has sold a total of 15 million album, singles and DVDs worldwide, as of November 2012.
One Direction’s Harry Styles, 18, commented to the Associated Press about “Take Me Home’s” worldwide success: “We just want to say a massive thanks to all the fans who have supported us. We can send tweets and thank them, but 140 characters is never going be enough to say how much it means.”
One Direction’s Niall Horan, 19, added: “We were a little bit nervous about how people were going to take it. Everyone gets that second album syndrome. We’re finishing rehearsing soon and we’re going home to bed.”
Styles also tweeted on November 18, 2012: “Hello …Thank you so much for all your support with this album. We can’t believe the number ones today! Thank you thank you. Huge Love.”