America's teens and tweens have spoken. One Direction's "Midnight Memories" enters The Billboard 200 at #1, enabling the English/Irish quintet to become the first boy band in chart history to land three #1 albums. Four earlier boy bands—New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and Jonas Brothers—each had two #1 albums, according to Yahoo Music.
"Midnight Memories" sold 546K copies in its first week. That's a tad more than the group's last album, Take Me Home, which sold 540K in its first week in November 2012. One Direction is the first boy band to top 500K in first-week sales with back-to-back studio albums since Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC accomplished the feat more than a decade ago.
The album was boosted by Black Friday promotions and shopping frenzy. The holiday lifted seven other albums to sales in excess of 100K this week.
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