British boyband One Direction made Billboard chart history after storming to the top of the 200 album chart with
their second album Take Me Home, holding off competition from Christina Aguilera, Soundgarden and Lana Del Rey.
Take Me Homegained the third-biggest opening week sales of 2012 with 540,000
units sold according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, placing it
behind only Mumford & Son's Babel and Taylor Swift's Red, which had the year's biggest opening with 1.2 million copies
This is also the first time a British band have seen their first
two albums debut at the top of the US Billboard 200 chart. Their first album Up All Night shot to the top of the chart with 176,000 copies in March 2012.
The lead single from Take Me Home, Live While We're Young also made Billboard chart history after selling 341,000 copies in its first week,
becoming the biggest opening week single sales for a non-US artist.
The members of the British-Irish quintet One Direction, aged
between 18 and 20, are Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis
Tomlinson and Liam Payne.