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One Direction make history on album chart

One Direction have made chart history by becoming the only group to debut its first four albums at number one.

The boy band's new release Four has rocketed to the top of the Billboard 200 countdown with 387,000 first-week sales.


The album also opens with the second biggest debut of 2014 - behind singer Harry Styles' ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift's 1989, which entered the chart at number one earlier this month (Nov14) with 1.287 opening week sales.


One Direction, who triumphed at the ARIA Awards in Australia hours before the new chart statistics were revealed, become the fourth act to have its first four studio albums debut at the top - soloists Britney Spears, DMX and and Beyonce have also managed the feat.


Meanwhile, Swift's 1989 album slips to two after spending three weeks at the top and a cappella group Pentatonix officially kick off the holiday season by crashing into the top three at three with That's Christmas To Me, one of three festive albums in the top 10.


Also getting ready for Christmas early are Idina Menzel, who lands her first top 10 hit with Holiday Wishes at 10, and Michael Buble who returns to the chart at nine with Christmas.


Nickelback debut No Fixed Address at four on the new countdown and Garth Brooks' Man Against Machine rounds out the top five.