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One Direction triumph over Justin Bieber in U.K. albums chart

One Direction have won their first chart war with Justin Bieber after Made In The A.m. shot to number one in the U.K. as the fastest-selling album of the year.

The pop stars went head-to-head by releasing their latest projects on the same day last week (13Nov15), and the boyband has come out on top in Britain.


Made in the A.M. scores first place with sales of 93,189, with Justin's Purpose settling for second place with just over 90,000 units. Both albums beat the previous biggest debut of 2015, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, which shifted 89,000 copies of Chasing Yesterday in March (15).


Celebrating the band's fourth consecutive U.K. number one, Niall Horan tweets: "People of the UK ! What a great feeling to Wake up and find out that you've got a number 1 album . Thank you so much , means a lot".


The two chart rivals will learn who won the battle for America's Billboard number one when the new data is released on Sunday (22Nov15).


It isn't all bad for Bieber - he dethrones Adele's Hello by taking Sorry to the top of the U.K. singles countdown. He also lands two more mentions in the top five - Love Yourself is new at three, while What Do You Mean? takes fifth place.


Hello slips to two, while Fleur East's Sax also falls one spot to four.