All-conquering Doncaster singing sensation Louis Tomlinson is top of the pops once more after racing to number one with his latest album.
The Bessacarr boy-band star and the rest of his One Direction band-mates have hit the top spot with third album Midnight Memories - which shifted nearly a quarter of a million copies in its first week of release.
The band scored the UK’s fastest-selling album for two years following the CD’s release last Monday - and outperformed the sales of their previous two discs.
As well as topping the UK charts, Midnight Memories jas also gone to number on in Australia, Ireland and Sweden and made it to number two in the Dutch, Finnish and New Zealand rundowns and is expected to top a string of other global charts in the run up to Christmas.
The group’s 2011 album Up All Night sold 139,000 copies in its first week while 2012 follow-up Take Me Home shifted 155,000. Midnight Memories easily saw off its nearest competitior, Take That star Gary Barlow, whose first full solo album for 14 years, Since I Saw You Last, could only clinch the number two spot with sales of 116,000.
The boy band also got one over on another former Take That star, dislodging Robbie Williams’ Swings Both Ways album from the pole position and became the biggest selling first week album since Michael Buble’s Christmas in 2011.
Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: “The success really does send a signal that the festive season is almost with us - and means 1D are now real contenders to claim the biggest album of the year.”!