7 Things About One Direction's Historic No. 1 Debut

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Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction accept the Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group award onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 

When One Direction debuted at No. 1 with their fourth album -- appropriately titled Four --  they made history. Below, here are all the ways the album's debut was notable:

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1. They are the only group -- in the 58-year history of the Billboard 200 albums chart -- to have their first four albums debut at the top. And they were already the only group to have their first three albums arrive at the top, with last year's Midnight Memories.

2. While they're the first group to achieve this, they're the fourth act overall. Britney Spears' first four albums (from 1999-2003) debuted at No. 1, while DMX (1998-2003) and Beyonce's (2003-2013) first five albums debuted at the top.

3. Four's 387,000 albums sold makes it the second-largest sales debut of the year, behind only Taylor Swift's 1989 (which moved 1.287 million).

4. This marks the biggest album sales week for a group since 1D's last album, Midnight Memories, debuted with 546,000 sold in December 2013.

5. Not only is this One Direction's fourth No. 1 album; it's their fourth No. 1 album in less than three years. Their debut album, Up All Night, arrived in March 2012, followed by Take Me Home that same year in December.

6. One Direction is one of only three groups who have reached No. 1 with their first four studio albums. While 1D's albums all debuted at No. 1, the Monkees (1966-1967) and the Kingston Trio (1958-1960) eventually reached No. 1 with all of their first four albums. (Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was the first album to ever debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 1975.)

7. Altogether, only six acts have reached the top of the chart with their first four studio releases: One Direction, Beyonce, DMX, the Kingston Trio, the Monkees and Britney Spears.


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