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One Direction has topped the US Billboard chart of the top 10 most popular acts in the world.
The band, who were formed during the 2010 series of ITV's X Factor, were named the Global Recording Artists of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
After huge success with their latest album, Midnight Memories, One Direction came top of the list making them the first band in history to debut at number one with their first three albums.
Band member Niall Horan said it was ‘incredible news’. “A huge thank you to all of our fans for such an amazing 2013," he added.
The second and third spots on the chart went to Eminem and Justin Timberlake, with Bruno Mars and Katy Perry completing the top five.
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Former prison officer turned X Factor winner Sam Bailey has said achieving the coveted Christmas Number One spot with her debut single 'Skyscraper' was the "icing on the cake".
Bailey told OfficialCharts.com: "Being Number 1 is absolutely amazing.
"It really is the icing on the cake and it means Great Ormond Street Children's Charity and Together For Short Lives will benefit from the single, which makes it extra special."
X Factor winner Sam Bailey has won the battle for this year's Christmas number one. The 36-year-old former prison officer sold twice as many copies of her single, Skyscraper, than US star Pharrell Williams in second.
Bailey, 36, who was crowned the winner of the singing contest last week, is splitting all proceeds between Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Together For Short Lives, a charity which helps children with life-threatening conditions.
Chancellor George Osborne has agreed to waive VAT on the release.
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Leicester singer, Sam Bailey, is expected to be Christmas Number One, when the chart is announced later today.
She has wowed audiences throughout the X Factor competition, and following her win last Sunday, released Skyscraper, which looks to be heading for the top spot over Christmas this year.
X Factor boss Simon Cowell has not spoken to this year's winner, Sam Bailey, but the singer said she hopes they meet up soon.
She said: "I've not spoken to him directly but he's sent a congratulations tweet and he is tapping in and ringing up people and just asking how I'm doing and has said he's really happy with things.
"I've not spoken to him directly but he's very busy as I am but we'll meet each other soon".After her win, Cowell tweeted to say "congratulations" and described her win as "well deserved".
After Sam Bailey's win last night X Factor bosses are hoping she will have the fastest turn around for her debut in the show's ten year history.
It is hoped it will be in the shops by the end of March.
Record bosses are hoping it will be ready for Mother's Day, on the final weekend of that month, to capitalise on her popularity following her win last night.
The star has now signed a deal with show boss Simon Cowell's company Syco as part of her prize for triumphing in the contest and she had already issued a digital version of her single Skyscraper.
"Sam, 36, will go into the recording studio next month to begin recording her debut album."The release date will be months ahead of the usual schedule for X Factor winners who have in recent years tended to opt for the autumn.
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