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Louis’ band 1D named world’s top act

One Direction (l-r) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Harry Styles.

One Direction (l-r) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Harry Styles.

South Yorkshire’s Louis Tomlinson and his One Direction band mates were celebrating tonight after 1D was named the most popular act on the planet, writes Graham Walker.

They head a top 10 list in front of Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Pink, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Rihanna, Michael Buble and Daft Punk.

It has also been announced that Doncaster sensation Louis will make his Doncaster Rovers debut in the South Yorkshire derby against Rotherham United.

The Rovers’ squad member will play in the Final Third Development League fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium on February 26, at 7pm.

Louis, born in Bessacarr, will be a member of the Rovers’ playing squad for the clash and is set make an appearance at some stage during the match.

One Direction, who got together during the 2010 series of X Factor, have been named the Global Recording Artists of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the music business around the world.

The award measures success in downloading, streaming and physical sales of singles and albums.

The band’s latest album, Midnight Memories, topped the US Billboard Top 200 chart making them the first group in history to debut at Number one with its first three albums.

The video for their single, Best Song Ever, attracted almost 200 million views on YouTube, and its follow-up, Story of My Life, recorded more than 100 million views.

Band member Niall Horan said it was “incredible news”.

He said: “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.”

IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said: “Many congratulations to One Direction who topped a talented field to become the IFPI Global Recording Artists of 2013.

“This is a global IFPI award for a new era of music consumption, based on a new metric of global success. Our chart for the first time measures the popularity of artists across the many different ways in which fans choose their music.”

The IFPI top 10 global recording artists 2013:

1 - One Direction

2 - Eminem

3 - Justin Timberlake

4 - Bruno Mars

5 - Katy Perry

6 - Pink

7 - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

8 - Rihanna

9 - Michael Buble

10 - Daft Punk

ARE ONE DIRECTION BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES?

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