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One Direction's second album tops US Billboard chart

One Direction's not-so-difficult second album "Take Me Home" has taken the boys to the top of the US Billboard 200 chart.

The boy band has sold 540,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, making it the year's third-highest debut behind Taylor Swift's "Red", which sold 1.2 million in its first week, and Mumford & Sons' "Babel", which sold more than 600,000 albums in its debut week.

One Direction's second album 'Take Me Home' is No. 1 in more than 30 countries Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Niall Horan wrote on Twitter earlier today, "Thank you all soo much for ur support! Means so much! We can't believe this is all happening to us, just normal guys from small places".

"We just want to say a massive thanks to all the fans who have supported us", heartthrob Harry Styles said in an interview yesterday. "We can send tweets and thank them, but 140 characters is never going be enough to say how much it means".

"Take Me Home" is currently No. 1 in the UK and 30 other countries.

One Direction's first album, "Up All Night", also topped the US Billboard 200 chart earlier this year, making them the second act to top the chart twice in 12 months - alongside Justin Bieber.