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One Direction’s sophomore album Take Me Home is performing as well as predicted.
They are now the third highest-grossing debut of the year, following behind Mumford and Sons’ Babel, which sold 600,000 copies in the first week and Taylor Swift’s Red, which is No.1 for the year with 1.2 million copies sold in its premiere week.
According to CBS News, Take Me Home sold 540,000 units in its first week, Nielsen SoundScan reports.
On Wednesay, Columbia Records announced that the album is No.1 in the U.K. as well as 30 countries.
"We just want to say a massive thanks to all the fans who have supported us," Harry Styles said on Tuesday. "We can send tweets and thank them, but 140 characters is never going be enough to say how much it means."
“We were a little bit nervous about how people were going to take it," added Niall Horan. “Everyone gets that second album syndrome."
One Direction, started by Simon Cowell and appeared on The X Factor, were named one of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012.
Not only did their second album see massive success, they will also star in a 3D film that will be directed by Morgan Spurlock.
image courtesy of NBC