Group’s concert DVD is currently #1 in 25 countries and has become the first #1 DVD to outsell a #1 album in the U.S.
By Jocelyn Vena
One Direction seem fated to always top the charts, if the latest news is any indication. Their live DVD concert special, “Up All Night: The Live Tour,” is #1 in 25 countries across the globe, including the United States.
“We’re blown away by the success of the DVD all around the world and want to thank everyone who has gone out and bought it, the support means so much to us,” Niall Horan said in a statement. “It was lots of fun filming the concert for the DVD, so we’re chuffed [pleased] all the fans love it so much.”
As if that weren’t enough of an accomplishment, the guys also broke a sales record. The DVD outsold this week’s #1 album, John Mayer’s Born and Raised, making it the first #1 DVD to outsell a #1 album in the U.S. The 1D DVD sold 76,000 copies while Mayer sold 65,000 units in its second week on the top of the Billboard albums chart. Stateside, it marks the highest debut of 2012 and the second-highest debut of the past five years.
This is the second time the band has broken a sales record. In March, when they released their album Up All Night, they were the first British group to have their debut album bow at #1 on the Billboard chart.
While the guys are currently celebrating their latest chart achievement and touring North America, they are also working on new music. According to the press release, they are hitting the studio to record their sophomore follow-up to Up All Night.
Earlier this week, One Direction were rumored to be the subject of their own 3-D big-screen spectacle. Although no one from their camp has confirmed the rumor, the film would either be a Monkees-style comedy or a documentary.