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One Direction top world popularity chart

Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik's One Direction have topped another chart - a top 10 of the most popular acts in the world.

Zayn (second left) and Louis (far right) with their bandmates Credit: Press Association

The band were 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.


Stars shine in Royal spectacular

Char-topping boy band One Direction were among the stars performing at London's Royal Albert Hall for the 100th anniversary of The Royal Variety Performance.

The former X Factor finalists , which include Louis Tomlinson from Doncaster and Zayn Malik from Bradford in their line-up, sung a heartfelt-rendition of their number one single Little Things, prompting show host David Walliams to dress up as an obsessed female fan.

The star-studded spectacular, which also included Katherine Jenkins, Girls Aloud, Robbie Williams and Alicia Keys, is due to be broadcast on ITV1 on December 3.

Zayn's Mum - 'I Still Do His Washing'

Zayn Malik's mum talks to Calendar about her son's rise to super-stardom in America. One Direction have made music history by becoming the first British band to go straight to number one in the US billboard chart with their first release Up All Night.

Along with Zayn from Bradford the band includes Louis Tomlison from Doncaster, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles. The group was formed by The X Factor and as ITV's Nina Nannar explains with Simon Cowell's support they've even out-done The Beatles.