One Direction Scores History-Making No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

11:44 AM PST 03/21/2012 by Keith Caulfield, Billboard
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The boy band was the first ever U.K. group to start atop the chart with its disc "Up All Night" selling 176,000 copies.

This week on the Billboard 200, One Direction makes history as the first U.K. group to debut at No. 1 with its first album as Up All Night starts atop the list with 176,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The arrival prevents Adele's 21 from returning to No. 1 for a 24th week as it holds at No. 2 with 148,000 (down 24%).

Last week's No. 1, Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball, falls to No. 4 with 57,000 (down 71%).

Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits makes an eye-popping jump from No. 31 to No. 3 with 85,000 sold after it was priced for 25 cents in both the Google Play and Amazon MP3 stores for one day last week. It posted a 618% gain (up from 12,000 the week previous).     

The Passion: White Flag album debuts at No. 5 with 48,000 and also starts at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart. The set, recorded at the Passion 2012 conference in Atlanta in January, features live performances assisted by genre superstars like Chris Tomlin and David Crowder Band. It's the best sales week and first top 10 for any "Passion"-related album.

Whitney Houston's The Greatest Hits holds at No. 6 (45,000; down 35%), as does Drake's Take Care at No. 7 (36,000; down 38%). The Now 41 compilation falls five rungs to No. 8 (29,000; down 81%), collapsing after the impact of a 25 cent promotion the previous week subsided.

Gotye's Making Mirrors reaches the top 10 for the first time, climbing 16-9 with 24,000 (up 14%) -- its best sales frame yet. Rounding out the top 10 is fun.'s Some Nights, returning to the top 10 (13-10) with 22,000 (down just 2%).     

Over on the Digital Songs chart, fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) is steady at No. 1 with 349,000 (up 8%) while the Wanted's "Glad You Came" also stands still at No. 2 with 183,000 (down 4%).

Nicki Minaj's "Starships" sails 4-3 (172,000; up 6%), Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (featuring Kimbra) jumps 5-4 (166,000; up 8%), and Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" slips 3-5 (162,000; down 7%).

Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" (featuring Sia) is a non-mover at No. 6 (158,000; up 5%) while One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" jumps 17-7 with 135,000 (up 63%). Train's new single "Drive By" arrives in the top 10 -- climbing 11-8 -- with 125,000 (up 26%). Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" falls 8-9 with 123,000 (down 4%). Closing out the top 10 is Katy Perry's "Part of Me," descending 7-10 with 114,000 (down 8%).     

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending March 18) totaled 5.6 million units, down 10% compared with the sum last week (6.2 million) and down 1% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.7 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 66.2 million, up 2% compared with the same total at this point last year (64.7 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 25.2 million downloads, down 2% compared with last week (25.8 million) and up 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (24.9 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 309 million, up 7% compared with the same total at this point last year (289.8 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when: Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. debuted at No. 1 with 270,000 while Jennifer Hudson's I Remember Me launched at No. 2 (165,000). The previous week's leader, Adele's 21, fell to No. 3 with 96,000 (down 2%).

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