X Factor boy band One Direction have become the first British group in history to reach number one on the US Billboard Chart with their debut album.
Up All Night sold 176,000 copies in its first week on release in the States, which band member Harry Styles said was “beyond a dream come true.”
"We simply cannot believe that we are number one in America. We want to thank each and every one of our fans in the US who bought our album and we would also like to thank the American public for being so supportive of us."
Bandmate Niall Horan also described the group as being “over the moon” and said: "When we got put together as a group, we couldn't imagine ourselves coming to America, let alone releasing our album here, so for us to be sitting at the top of the US album charts is unbelievable.”
The group was formed in 2010 by judges on ITV talent show The X Factor after its members failed to make headway in the competition as solo artists.
The show’s creator, Simon Cowell, also expressed his delight at One Direction’s success in a statement, which said: "I couldn't be happier for One Direction, it is an incredible achievement. They deserve it. They have the best fans in the world."
News of the band’s achievement comes in the same week it was announced that One Direction will soon star in their own Nickelodeon TV show in the US.
One Direction’s number one record comes two and a half years after Susan Boyle, another British talent show contestant, claimed the US number one spot with her debut album.