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One Direction album 'fastest-selling' of the year

(L-R) Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

One Direction's third studio album 'Midnight Memories' has become the fastest-selling album of 2013, outselling Gary Barlow latest release by more than two to one, according to the Official Charts Company.

One Direction sold 237,000 copies of their latest album in the past seven days.


Gary Barlow takes a run with squaddies at Camp Bastion

Gary Barlow has recently returned from a morale-boosting visit to perform to British troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Gary Barlow on a five kilometre run with British troops at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan Credit: MoD

The Take That star, who performed a concert at the base, was filming for a one-off television programme for ITV to be broadcast later this year.

He also took time out of his three-day visit to go on a five-kilometre run with some of the squaddies.

He later tweeted: “Just got back from an incredible trip to meet the troops in Afghanistan. What an amazing experience and a lovely bunch of people. Thank you Camp Bastion!”

Gary Barlow visits Afghanistan for ITV special

The X-Factor judge Gary Barlow has joined British troops in Afghanistan as part of a one-off show to be broadcast later this year.

Gary Barlow has joined British troops in Afghanistan as part of a one-off show to be broadcast later this year. Credit: PA

Twitter images show the Take That star meeting squaddies and posing with written messages for their family.

He performed a concert for the troops, which will be aired in the hour-long ITV special in December

An ITV spokeswoman said: “We can confirm Gary is doing a one off special to broadcast on ITV later in the year.

"Owing to security restrictions it would be inappropriate to release any further information at this stage.”


Gary Barlow confirms X Factor departure

Gary Barlow has confirmed that this series of The X Factor will be his last.

The Take That star revealed news of his departure while praising his final act of the night, boy band Rough Copy.

Gary Barlow made the announcement on tonight's show. Credit: ITV/The X Factor

Barlow, who replaced Simon Cowell on the judging panel in 2011, said, "I've been here for three years and I'm so glad that for my last year on this show, I get to mentor you guys."

His confirmation follows speculation that this would be his final series as a judge on the show.

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