The group are currently on course for their third UK Number 1 album with their fourth LP, Four, which is currently outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined after shifting 94,000 copies at the midweek stage.
The record follows last year’s Midnight Memories, which topped the chart and went on to become the best-selling artist album of 2013.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran’s X is at 2, and last week’s Number 1, The Endless River by Pink Floyd, is at 3.
Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour is at Number 4 and Foo Fighters complete the Top 5 with Sonic Highways.
As well as One Direction’s Four (Number 1), there are 12 new entries on today’s Official Chart Update.
Nickelback are on track for their sixth Top 10 album this weekend with No Fixed Address, which is currently at Number 6, and David Bowie’s best of collection Nothing Has Changed lands at 7.
Bette Midler is on course for her first Top 10 album in 23 years this Sunday with It’s The Girls!. The record – on which she covers classic tracks originally performed by girl groups – currently sits at Number 9. Her last Top 40 entry was in 1990 with Some People’s Lives, which charted at Number 5.
Opera singer Alfie Boe lands at 10 with Serenata, Katherine Jenkins debuts at 11 with her tenth studio album Home Sweet Home, and Bryan Ferry’s Avonmore enters at 14.
Michael Ball is on track for his 18th Top 40 album this week with If Everyone Was Listening at Number 17, Shirley Bassey’s Hello Like Before starts at Number 20, and Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell is new at 22 with his live album Stand Beside Me.
Finally, Luther Vandross’ Greatest Hits (27), Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black (28), and U2’s Completer (34) are all on course to enter the Top 40 this Sunday.
|3||THE ENDLESS RIVER||PINK FLOYD|
|4||IN THE LONELY HOUR||SAM SMITH|
|5||SONIC HIGHWAYS||FOO FIGHTERS|
|6||NO FIXED ADDRESS||NICKELBACK|
|7||NOTHING HAS CHANGED - THE VERY BEST OF||DAVID BOWIE|
|9||IT'S THE GIRLS||BETTE MIDLER|
|11||HOME SWEET HOME||KATHERINE JENKINS|
|13||WANTED ON VOYAGE||GEORGE EZRA|
|15||LOVE IN VENICE||ANDRE RIEU|
|16||MELODY ROAD||NEIL DIAMOND|
|17||IF EVERYONE WAS LISTENING||MICHAEL BALL|
|20||HELLO LIKE BEFORE||SHIRLEY BASSEY|
|21||NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE||SCRIPT|
|22||STAND BESIDE ME - LIVE IN CONCERT||DANIEL O'DONNELL|
|23||A PERFECT CONTRADICTION||PALOMA FAITH|
|25||CHAPTER ONE||ELLA HENDERSON|
|27||THE GREATEST HITS||LUTHER VANDROSS|
|28||BACK TO BLACK||AMY WINEHOUSE|
|29||AQUOSTIC - STRIPPED BARE||STATUS QUO|
|30||LOVE IN THE FUTURE||JOHN LEGEND|
|31||BLUE SMOKE - THE BEST OF||DOLLY PARTON|
|35||THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE||DONNY OSMOND|
|36||I FORGET WHERE WE WERE||BEN HOWARD|
|37||MEET THE VAMPS||VAMPS|
|38||5 SECONDS OF SUMMER||5 SECONDS OF SUMMER|
|39||ROYAL BLOOD||ROYAL BLOOD|
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