One Direction ‘most popular act in the world’

One Direction has topped the US Billboard chart of the top 10 most popular acts in the world.

One Direction perform during the 2013 Brit Awards. Credit: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

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.