One Direction Four Tops The Charts!

One Direction have gone straight to number one in the UK albums chart with their fourth studio collection FOUR. The five-piece sold 142,000 copies of their new record in its first week of release, making it their third consecutive chart-topping album. Their last album, 2013's Midnight Memories, was the biggest-selling release of that year.

Ed Sheeran spends a 22nd week in the top ten with x, which climbs one place to number two, while Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour also rises one place to number three.

Last week's number one album, Pink Floyd's The Endless River, drops three places into number four, while the top five is completed by Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways.

Bette Midler's new girl group song collection It's The Girls enters the chart at number six, and gives the iconic singer her first top ten studio album in almost 24 years.

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Midnight Memories Top Selling Album Of 2013!

One Direction's Midnight Memories has become the UK's biggest-selling album of 2013.

The record overtook Emile Sandé's Our Version of Events to earn the title, The Official Charts Company has confirmed.

Since the album's release in November, it has sold 685,000 copies. Our Version of Events, 2012's biggest seller, was purchased 683,000 times in 2013.

Liam Payne said of the achievement: "This tops an amazing year for us.

"We're so excited to have the biggest-selling album in the UK this year, especially with a record we are all so proud of. We'd like to thank everyone who has bought the album, it really means a lot to us."

Midnight Memories sold over 237,000 copies during its first week on sale, making it the fastest-selling UK album of 2013, as well as of One Direction's career so far.

Their 2011 album Up All Night sold 139,000 in its first week, while their follow-up Take Me Home sold 155,000.

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One Direction Set To Score Christmas Number 1

Sam Bailey is on course to score her first ever number one this weekend as the new X Factor champ is currently leading the Christmas chart with her winner's single 'Skyscraper' while One Direction have climbed back to the top spot with their 'Midnight Memories' album.

The UK midweek chart shows Sam, 36, who was crowned the winner of this year's X Factor on Sunday, is way ahead of her competition in the form of Pharrell Williams and his upbeat single 'Happy,' after shifting an incredible 67,000 copies of her Demi Lovato cover as of midnight last night.

Speaking about the possibility of scoring the 2013 Christmas number one, Sam told the Official Charts Company: “I listen to the Christmas Number 1 countdown every year, so to think my single is in the running is just amazing.”

Pharrell's 'Happy' is an unlikely candidate for the festive chart-topper however, it's popularity has soared since the producer premiered the 24-hour-long music video last month. The song features on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.

Trailing behind in third place is Leona Lewis' Christmas song 'One More Sleep' while Avicii's 'Hey Brother' has slipped two places to four and AC/DC have debuted at five with their 1979 single 'Highway To Hell' which has re-entered the charts due to a campaign to get it to number one this weekend.

Over on the album charts, One Direction have reclaimed their position at the top with 'Midnight Memories' which spent two weeks at number one earlier this month but they could easily be knocked off by Robbie Williams' 'Swings Both Ways' which has hovered in and out of the top spot for weeks.

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One Direction Hold Onto Number 1 In UK!

One Direction have scored a second week at the top of the UK Album Chart with their new album Midnight Memories.

The boyband have shifted a further 124,000 copies of their new LP this week, after it became the fastest-selling artist album of 2013 last Sunday (December 1).

Lets make it three weeks in a row!

Meanwhile Story of my Life topped out at number 2 on the singles chart!

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