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One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” Opens With 186K Sales

Dramatically besting projections that emerged on iTunes tracking websites, One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” debuts at #3 on the weekly Billboard Digital Songs chart.

According to the publication, the lead “FOUR” single moved 186,000 copies in its first week of availability. That positions it behind only Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (202,000) and Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” (188,000) on Digial Songs.

Strong enough for a #3 bow, the number nonetheless represents a significant step down for the boy band. “Best Song Ever,” which launched previous album “Midnight Memories,” moved a considerably stronger 322,000.

That tally slightly trailed that of its preceding lead single “Live While We’re Young,” which drove 341,000 first-week purchases.

Other top five sellers this week included Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” (125,000) and Maroon 5’s “Animals” (115,000).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]headlineplanet.com.

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