One Direction have made US chart history by becoming the first UK band ever to hit the top spot on the Billboard 200 countdown with their debut album.
Last week, it was predicted that The X Factor band may reach the milestone with their LP Up All Night after industry experts estimated that 1D would shift between 160,000 - 180,000 copies of the disc.
Harry Styles and Co have now become the first UK group to score a chart-topping US album with their debut - something not even legendary group The Beatles could achieve.
The Spice Girls previously held the record for having the highest-placed debut entry on the US countdown, when their Spice LP hit No.6 on the Billboard chart back in February 1997.
According to Nielsen SoundScan figures, One Direction managed to sell 176,000 copies of Up All Night in its first week on sale.
Speaking of their achievement, Harry stated: "We simply cannot believe that we are No.1 in America! It's beyond a dream come true for us.
"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."
Niall Horan continued: "We just found out that we are No.1 in America and as you can imagine, we are over the moon!
"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. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us in the US."
Boss Simon Cowell congratulated the boys on their "incredible achievement", adding: "They deserve it. They have the best fans in the world"
1D, who recently landed their own Nickelodeon TV show Stateside, have already bagged a Top 30 single on the Billboard 100, when What Makes You Beautiful entered the chart at No.28.
Following a performance on The Today Show, the lads are gearing up to perform on hit US TV series Saturday Night Live on 7th April.
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