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Niall Horan’s “Flicker” Wins US Sales Race, Will Claim #1 On Billboard 200

Niall Horan’s first solo album debuts at #1.

Niall Horan on TODAY | Nathan Congleton/NBC

In a rather unsurprising outcome, Niall Horan’s “Flicker” won the weekly US sales and consumption races.

According to Hits Daily Double and BuzzAngle, the One Direction member’s debut album sold approximately 125,986 pure US copies during the October 20-26 tracking week.

The inclusion of TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) yields a first-week consumption total of ~148,064 units.

Due Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data may differ slightly from that reported by Hits and BuzzAngle. The discrepancies will not, however, affect the overall outcome.

The pure sales total will be enough for #1 on Top Album Sales, while the consumption tally will yield a #1 bow on the Billboard 200.

Horan will follow ZAYN (“Mind Of Mine”) and Harry Styles (“Harry Styles”) in becoming the third One Direction original to debut at #1 with a solo album. Fellow 1D originals Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson have yet to release their first albums outside the group.

This week’s pure sales leaders (via Hits/BuzzAngle):
Niall Horan – Flicker (125,986 pure US sales)
P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (41,501 pure US sales)
Brand New – Science Fiction (33,284 pure US sales)
Chris Young – Losing Sleep (32,506 pure US sales)
Darius Rucker – When Was The Last Time (30,234 pure US sales)

This week’s total consumption leaders (via Hits/BuzzAngle):
Niall Horan – Flicker (148,064 total US units)
Future & Young Thug – Super Slimey (75,269 total US units)
P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (52,309 total US units)
Post Malone – Stoney (42,179 total US units)
Chris Young – Losing Sleep (39,287 total US units)

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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