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One Direction head to the top in US billboard charts

The boy band - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson Photo: PA

So who could have honestly predicted it?

A band that came third in a TV talent show two years ago would today be named in the same sentence as The Beatles? The fact that One Direction were cute and a sharp pop band was undeniable, but today the boys created by the X Factor and Simon Cowell have done what the Beatles failed to do. Their debut album Up All Night has gone straight to the top of the US Billboard charts making them the first British band to do so with a debut.

One Direction pose after performing on NBC's 'Today' show in New York earlier this month Credit: Reuters

The Beatles managed number four in 1964. Breaking the US, so long considered the Holy Grail for British bands with the exposure and money that follows, is now not so elusive as it was.

One Direction have produced the kind of hysteria that once was the preserve of The Beatles, and there is something of that same Cheeky Chappiness about them as the Fab Four.

One Direction performing on NBC's 'Today' show in New York earlier this month Credit: Reuters

The Wanted also appear to have the American music market at their feet, selling out venues there and being followed by screams wherever they go. These are exciting times for British Music across the pond, just ask Adele!

With more than four million albums sold in just six months and their 2013 world tour sold out - tickets for Australia and New Zealand went in just three minutes - One Direction appear unstoppable. Signed to their X Factor mentor Simon Cowell's Syco label, the signs are that One Direction are at the beginning of an extraordinary story.