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One Direction Tops Justin Bieber on U.K. Album Chart, With Fastest-Selling Album of the Year

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Austin Hargrave

One Direction photographed backstage at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Plus: Bieber unseats Adele's "Hello" on U.K. singles chart with "Sorry."

One Direction claimed their fourth No. 1 album in the U.K. on Friday (Nov. 20) with Made in the A.M. (Syco Music/Sony Music). In the process, it became the year's fastest-selling album, with 93,000 opening sales, and restricted Justin Bieber to a No. 2 entry with Purpose (Def Jam/Universal), which would have topped the chart on any other week of the year, since it has the second-highest weekly sale of 2015, with 90,000.

There was even better news for Bieber in the singles chart, where "Sorry" unseated Adele's "Hello" (XL Recordings) after three weeks behind it at No. 2. The Canadian superstar also posted a U.K. singles chart feat that hasn't been achieved since 1981, of which more shortly.

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One Direction have scored a chart-topping album in each of the last four years, starting with 2012's Take Me Home and continuing with Midnight Memories and Four. Elvis Presley's If I Can Dream (Sony Music CG), with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, fell to No. 3 on the new chart after two weeks at the top, while Jeff Lynne's ELO returned at No. 4 with Alone in the Universe (RCA/Sony). The group's catalog got a boost from the new release, with All Over the World -- The Very Best of ELO (Epic/Sony) back in the countdown at No. 28. The compilation has been charting regularly since 2005.

Little Mix fell 3-5 with Get Weird (Syco/Sony), while other new entries included Roman Holiday (Polydor/Universal) by André Rieu and the Johan Strauss Orchestra at No. 8 and X Factor winner Ben Haenow's eponymous debut (Syco/Sony) at No. 10.

Bieber's "Sorry" delivered a total of 104,000 combined singles chart sales, helped by a new personal best of 5.35 million streams. At the same time, the album track "Love Yourself" entered the singles list at No. 3 while his previous No. 1 "What Do You Mean" moved up 7-5. No other male artist has had three concurrent top five U.K. singles since John Lennon did so, posthumously, in 1981, with "Imagine," "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and "(Just Like) Starting Over." Every track from Bieber's album entered the top 100 of the singles chart, eight of them in the top 40.

The Adele track fell to No. 2, with Fleur East down 3-4 with "Sax" (Syco/Sony). Jess Glynne's "Take Me Home" (Atlantic/Warner Music), the official single for the BBC's 2015 Children In Need charity appeal, arrived at No. 8.