One Direction describe Number One US debut album as "beyond a dream come true"

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One Direction have said the are over the moon after becoming the first UK group to top the US chart with their debut album.

The boys shifted an impressive 170,000 copies of their record Up All Night over the past week, to beat fellow Brit Adele from the top spot.

"We simply cannot believe that we are No.1 in America!" Harry said this morning. "It's beyond a dream come true for us.

"We want to thank each and every one of our fans in the US who bought our album and we would also like to thank the American public for being so supportive of us."

Niall Horan added: "We just found out that we are No.1 in America and as you can imagine, we are over the moon! When we got put together as a group, we couldn't imagine ourselves coming to America, let alone releasing our album here, so for us to be sitting at the top of the US album charts is unbelievable. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us in the US."

The X Factor group, who were formed and mentored by Simon Cowell on the UK version of the hit TV show in 2010, were signed to Cowell's label Syco Music in 2011 in partnership with Columbia Records in the US.

Simon Cowell said: "I couldn't be happier for One Direction, it is an incredible achievement. They deserve it. They have the best fans in the world"

Later this month One Direction will perform their hit single "What Makes You Beautiful" on the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards March 31st, and will appear in an episode of iCarly "iGo One Direction" set to premiere April 7th on Nickelodeon. The band will also be the musical guests on Saturday Night Live April 7th with guest host Sofia Vergara.

Their 2013 UK/Ireland Arena Tour sold out immediately with more dates needing to be added. An estimated 300,000 tickets were sold in the first day. One Direction's tour of Australia & New Zealand sold out in just three minutes.

> One Direction become the first ever UK group to debut at #1 on the US album chart

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