One Direction is in the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records for being the only music act to have its first three albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. Guinness World Records made the announcement on Sept. 4, 2014. The 2015 Guinness Book of World Records goes on sale on Sept. 10, 2014.
One Direction came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010. Since then, the group has become the world's biggest-selling act to emerge from "The X Factor." One Direction's first three albums ("Up All Night," "Take Me Home" and "Midnight Memories") have debuted at No. 1 in several countries. In addition, the group has had several sold-out tours, including headlining a world tour of stadiums in 2014 and 2015.
The five members of One Direction (Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson) originally auditioned for "The X Factor" U.K. as solo singers, but they were rejected as solo singers and put together in a group by Simon Cowell and other "X Factor" decision makers. Shortly after One Direction came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010, Cowell (who was One Direction's "X Factor" mentor) signed One Direction to Syco Music, the company he co-owns with Sony Music. According to Sony Music, One Direction has sold 45 million singles, albums and DVDs worldwide, as of July 2014.
In a press release, One Direction's Horan commented on One Direction's Guinness World Record: "This really is one of our proudest moments, both for us and our incredible fans. Whenever we talk about it we always say how cool it is that we did it first, how sick is that?!"
One Direction's fourth album is due out before the end of 2014. That album (whose title and release date are to be announced) is also expected to debut at No. 1 in several countries.
Guinness World Records is the universally recognized global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, over 132 million copies and 3 million e-books have been sold in 20 languages, in more than 100 countries. In 2015, Guinness World Records celebrates the 60th anniversary of its first published edition.