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article imageOne Direction top U.K. album sales for 2013

By Tim Sandle     Dec 31, 2013 in Entertainment
The ‘boy’ band One Direction have enjoyed the top-selling album in the U.K. for 2013 with their toe-tapping disc ‘Midnight Memories.’
According to the U.K. Official Charts Company, the pop album Midnight Memories has sold more than 685,000 copies in the five weeks since its release, overtaking many albums released much earlier in the year in terms of sales.
One Direction are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London. They came to the public’s attention by winning the televised singing competition The X Factor. The intrepid pop combo have released three albums of groovy tunes, mainly covering other people’s songs. The BBC notes that the band also scored a U.S. number 1 album this year.
In terms of sales performance, One Direction’s 685,000 copies is some way below the sales achieved for the best-selling U.K. album of 2012. This was Emeli Sandé’s Our Version Of Events, which shifted 1.4 million copies last year. This either means that the U.K. music buying public have become more varied with their purchases or that sales have declined (although figures are not available yet, it would seem that music sales, both physical CDs and digital downloads, have decreased).
A look back in time shows the previous top sellers over the past ten years, which were:
2012 Our Version Of Events, Emeli Sande (1.4 million sales)
2011 21, Adele (3.8m)
2010 Progress, Take That (1.8m)
2009 I Dreamed A Dream, Susan Boyle (1.6m)
2008 Rockferry, Duffy (1.7m)
2007 Back To Black, Amy Winehouse (1.6m)
2006 Eyes Open, Snow Patrol (1.5m)
2005 Back To Bedlam, James Blunt (2.4m)
2004 Scissor Sisters, Scissor Sisters (1.6m)
2003 Life For Rent, Dido (2.2m)
The U.K. had one million-selling record according to The Independent. This is a music compilation record: the 86th edition of the Now That’s What I Call Music! series, which has sold 1.2 million copies. Compilation albums are not included on the official album artist charts.
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