As expected, One Direction’s third album, “Midnight Memories” (deluxe edition), has debuted at No. 1 on iTunes worldwide. The album (which was released on Nov. 25, 2013) is expected to also debut at No. 1 on several countries’ official album charts — just like One Direction’s first two albums (“Up All Night” and “Take Me Home”) did.
According to iTunes, “Midnight Memories” has debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Poland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium and Greece.
The “Midnight Memories” album debuted at No. 1 in 97 countries, according to Sony Music.
As previously reported, “Midnight Memories” has 14 tracks on the standard edition and 18 tracks on the deluxe edition.
One Direction took extraordinary steps not to release advance copies of the “Midnight Memories” album to the media, but “Midnight Memories” was leaked online anyway a week before its official release. (Leaks like this are usually done by insiders who work for the record company or the artist, not by journalists.)
The first two singles from “Midnight Memories” — “Best Song Ever” and “Story of My Life” — were Top 10 hits in several countries.
All the songs released so far from “Midnight Memories” — “Best Song Ever,” “Story of My Life,” “Diana,” “Midnight Memories” and “Strong” — have hit No. 1 on iTunes in several countries.
Even though “Midnight Memories” was not being released to the media in advance, One Direction did grant one journalist (The Sun’s head of showbiz Dan Wootton) an official listen of the “Midnight Memories” album before its release. In an article published on Nov. 17, 2013, Wootton described the super-secret lengths he had to go through to listen to the album, as if it were some kind of undercover operation for the government. Wootton also has a very detailed, exclusive review of the album, which he calls a “one of the best boy band albums ever.”
One Direction has been doing a slew of promotional appearances for “Midnight Memories.” In November 2013, the group performed on U.K., U.S. and Australian editions of “The X Factor.”
On Nov. 22, 2013, One Direction had an iHeartRadio album release party for “Midnight Memories” that was Webcast on Yahoo! on Nov. 25, 2013.
On Nov. 23, 2013, One Direction did a seven-hour Webcast called 1D Day on YouTube and Google Plus.
On Nov. 24, 2013, One Direction performed at the American Music Awards, where the group won two prizes: Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock and Favorite Album – Pop/Rock (for One Direction’s second album, “Take Me Home”).
On Nov. 26, 2013, One Direction is doing a free concert as part of a live broadcast on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
One Direction is headlining a stadium tour in 2014. Concerts in North America, Europe and South America have been announced so far.
The members of One Direction (Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan) originally auditioned as solo contestants on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010 but they were rejected by the show as solo singers and then put together in a group by Simon Cowell and other “X Factor” decision makers. One Direction came in third place on the show and has since gone on to become the world’s biggest-selling “X Factor” act. One Direction is signed to Syco Music, the record company co-owned by Cowell and Sony Music.