The British invasion of 2012 is fully upon us.
The first album from One Direction, a boy band that was formed on the Britain’s “X Factor,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. “Up All Night” sold 176,000 copies and gave One Direction the distinction of being the first British group to enter the chart at this position.
That’s right — they beat the Spice Girls.
Not familiar with the One Direction? Allow me to introduce you to Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
The five guys — who are now between the ages of 18 and 20 — appeared separately on season seven on “The X Factor” and, at the suggestion of a judge, formed a group. They place third, but were signed to Syco Records and later Columbia Records.
“Up All Night” found huge success overseas, debuting at No. 2 on the U.K. Albums chart. The video for One Direction’s lead single “What Make You Beautiful” has been watched on YouTube over 75 million times.
They landed in the U.S. at the end of February for a 10-date concert tour. The group performed on the “Today” show earlier this month and were met with Bieber-esque enthusiasm. (Translation: An estimated 10,000 screaming girls showed up.) Watch them perform “What Makes You Beautiful” below.
The One Direction fellas will continue their quest for U.S. domination when they appear on an episode of Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and perform at the Kids’ Choice Awards. There have been rumors that the group is getting their own TV show, but member Niall Horan denied this to MTV.
One Direction will also appear on “Saturday Night Live” April 7.
Like it or not, the boy band renaissance is officially happening.