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One Direction named most popular recording artist of 2013

By Chelsea Lewis ,

The group IFPI decided that boy band One Direction was the top "Global Recording Artist" for 2013.

The honor is a newly created award which honors music downloads, streaming and physical format sales, Billboard reported.

One Direction beat out other musical acts like Eminem and Justin Timberlake.

Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, congratulated the band on their global achievement.

“Many congratulations to One Direction who topped a talented field to become the IFPI Global Recording Artists of 2013," Moore said. "This is a global IFPI award for a new era of music consumption, based on a new metric of global success. Our chart for the first time measures the popularity of artists across the many different ways in which fans choose their music.”

One Direction is still enjoying the success of their chart topping album, Midnight Memory and an upcoming worldwide tour. The group is set to make about $1 billion during the 12 months they will be on tour, the Daily Mail added.

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