Move over, Justin Bieber. America has a new favorite teen heartthrob act.
“Take Me Home,” the second studio album from boy band One Direction, is pacing to achieve first-week sales of 525-575,000, Hits Daily Double reports. If that projection holds, it would top the opening week for Bieber’s “Believe” and land behind only Taylor Swift’s “Red” and Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” as the year’s best debut.
The album comes on the quick heels of the group’s debut “Up All Night,” which did not debut as impressively but showed considerable legs en route to becoming a platinum seller in the US.
A product of the seventh UK series of “The X Factor,” the five-piece group made waves for its inventive and effective branding efforts. The result is a passionate legion of fans that helped make “What Makes You Beautiful,” off the debut album, a legitimate hit single in America and will now make “Take Me Home” a gold album in its first week of release.