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One Direction score Number 1 single AND album!


One Direction with their Official Number 1 Award for Little Things

By Dan Lane

It’s a double celebration for Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson this evening as One Direction’s new album, Take Me Home, and new single, Little Things, have both debuted at Number 1 on the Official Charts!

Little Things entered at Number 3 in Wednesday’s Official Singles Chart Update, however 1D managed to surge ahead of Bruno MarsLocked Out Of Heaven (Number 2) and Little Mix’s DNA (Number 3) to finish the week in pole position. The track, which was written by Ed Sheeran, is only One Direction’s second single to top the Official Singles Chart (the other being their debut release, What Makes You Beautiful, which reached Number 1 in September last year).

The Anglo Irish boyband’s first album, Up All Night, was famously kept off Number 1 last December by Rihanna’s Talk That Talk. Nearly twelve months on, and Take Me Home has not only taken the Official Albums Chart top spot, with a sales tally of 155,000, it has also become the second fastest selling album of 2012 so far behind Mumford & SonsBabel, which sold 158,000 during its first week on sale.

Official Singles Chart New Entries And High Climbers

In addition to One Direction’s Little Things (Number 1), Bruno MarsLocked Out Of Heaven (2) and Little Mix’s DNA (3), there are four other new entries on this week’s Official Singles Chart.

McFly score their 20th Top 40 hit today with Love Is Easy (10). The track is taken from their new Best Of Collection, Memory Lane, which is out next week. London girl group Stooshe enter at Number 21 with their cover of TLC’s 1995 Top 5 hit, Waterfalls. This week’s new entries are completed by Lana Del Rey’s Ride (32) and Example’s Close Enemies (37).

As well as having written this week’s Number 1 single, Ed Sheeran also takes the title of this week’s highest climber, too. His latest track, Give Me Love, climbs a massive 121 places from Number 139 to Number 18.

Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years is up 56 places from 75 to Number 19, while Gabrielle Aplin’s cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s 1984 classic, The Power Of Love, shoots up 31 places to Number 5 after being featured in John Lewis‘ Christmas TV ad campaign.

You can see the Official Singles Chart Top 100 in full here.

Official Albums Chart New Entries

Rod Stewart’s new album of festive classics, Merry Christmas, Baby, is this week’s second highest new entry, making its Official Albums Chart debut at Number 2. The Rolling Stones’ latest Greatest Hits package, GRRR!, is new in at Number 3, while English tenor Alfie Boe enters at Number 6 with his latest album, Storyteller.

iDos!, the second of US punk rockers Green Day’s new trilogy of albums is at Number 10, and Soundgarden are at Number 21 with King Animal, their first new material in 16 years. Christina Aguilera’s seventh studio album, Lotus, is new in at Number 28, while Deftones’ Koi No Yokan debuts at Number 30.

This week’s Official Albums Chart new entries are completed by StepsLight Up The World (32), The Weekend’s Trilogy (37) and Foster & Allen’s The Ultimate Collection (38).

You can see the Official Albums Chart Top 100 in full here.