One Direction Named Most Popular Artists Worldwide

Posted Thursday January 30, 2014 6:38 PM GMT

It seems they've launched a British invasion that's taken over the whole world as One Direction has been named the most popular band in the world.

The lads have been named Global Recording Artists of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Based on digital downloads, music streaming, and CD sales from 2013, Harry, Louis, Niall, Zayn, and Liam beat the pants off other artists including Eminem, Justin Timberlake, and Bruno Mars.

According to the organization's announcement, "One Direction have seen huge success with their third studio album Midnight Memories, which contained the hit singles 'Best Song Ever' and 'Story of My Life.' The album topped the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart, making One Direction the first group in the charts history to debut at No. 1 with its first three albums. It also topped the charts in countries from Australia to the U.K."

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