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One Direction’s “FOUR” Hits #1 on Album Sales Chart (Updated)

Update 2: One Direction’s “FOUR” is still on track to score the second-best opening week of 2014, but its inaugural total will trail that of predecessor “Midnight Memories.”  The first sales forecast for One Direction’s “FOUR” is here.

Update: The deluxe edition of One Direction’s “FOUR” is twenty four hours into its release week, and it remains the leader on the iTunes album sales chart.

Taylor Swift’s “1989” follows at #2, while 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Good Girls” EP holds at #3. U2’s “Songs of Innocence +” now sits at #4 and thus bests Pentatonix’ “That’s Christmas to Me” (#5), Nickelback’s “No Fixed Address” (#6) and Hans Zimmer’s “Interstellar” soundtrack (#7).

“Pop Goes Punk, Vol. 6,” (#8), J Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive” pre-order (#9) and the standard edition of “FOUR” (#10) close out the top ten.

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The album that will dethrone Taylor Swift’s “1989” from the Billboard 200–and likely score the second-best opening week sales count of 2014–is officially out.

And it is officially atop the iTunes album sales chart.

While its ascent to number one did not occur until several hours after release (presumably due to an iTunes glitch, as none of the new albums appeared to move immediately out of the gate), it did happen by mid-morning Monday. The deluxe edition of “FOUR” now leads Taylor Swift’s “1989” on the chart.

Still a hot seller, “1989” claims the runner-up position, while 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Good Girls” EP is listed at #3. Nickelback’s “No Fixed Address” sits at #4, while Pentatonix’ “That’s Christmas to Me” is #5.

Other top ten sellers on iTunes: In This Moment’s “Black Widow” (#6), the “Punk Goes Pop, Volume 6” compilation (#7), the standard edition of 1D’s “FOUR” (#8), Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways” (#9) and the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” soundtrack (#10).

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.

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