10/10/2012 17:58 BST | Updated 10/12/2012 05:12 GMT

One Direction Make Pop Music History In America With Fastest-Selling Non-US Artist Single 'Live While We're Young'

One Direction have made music history in the US, achieving the fastest-selling single by a UK artist with their song 'Live While We're Young'.

As a bonus, the upbeat tune has enjoyed the biggest opening week sales for a single by a non-US artist ever.

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'Live While We're Young' has entered both the US Digital Tracks and Digital Songs Chart in top position, selling 341,000 copies in one week.

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Bandmember Niall Horan says: "We're so happy with the success of the single in the USA and can't wait for everyone to hear our new album. Thank you to all the fans once again!"

And the quintet's run of good luck shows no sign of abating. They have been nominated for three American Music Awards: New Artist Of The Year, Favourite Album and Favourite Band. One Direction's second album 'Take Me Home' is released in the UK on 12 November.

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