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One Direction named the top global recording act of 2013

One Direction at the American Music Awards
One Direction at the American Music Awards
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One Direction have beat out competition from Justin Timberlake and Eminem to be crowned the world’s biggest global recording artists of 2013.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), who represent the worldwide recording industry, announced the news on Thursday (January 30) that the British group were the most popular act last year when it came to sales, downloads and streams. It includes record sales from 66 countries around the world as well as hits on-demand online platforms such as Spotify and YouTube.

One Direction released their third album, "Midnight Memories," back in November and it was named the U.K.’s biggest selling album of the year and made history as it went to number 1 in the U,S. In addition the album went to #1 in countries around the world including the UK, US, and Australia. YouTube played a large role as well, many of their music videos earn over 10 million views in the first 24 hours alone.

Speaking about their new title, group member Niall Horan commented: “Incredible news! It’s great to have a chart that includes everything from iTunes and record stores, to YouTube and Spotify. Again a huge thank you to all of our fans for such an amazing 2013.”

Simon Cowell was also sure to comment on it. He tweeted: “So One Direction were the biggest selling artists in 2013. I know how much they put into this record from start to finish. Very proud. And I also want to thank the other writers the producers the team at Syco, Modest their management and Sony worldwide. And I have said it before and will say it again…the greatest group of fans. Why can’t there be an award for the best fans at the Grammy's. Or the Brits? It seems crazy they don’t. Is there a reason?”