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One Direction Have Four Albums on the RS 200 After Anniversary Bump

Streams and sales for the boy band surge after the 10-year anniversary of their formation.

Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik of One Direction perform on stage at The Roundhouse on September 20, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.

Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik (from left) of One Direction onstage at the Roundhouse in London on September 20th, 2012

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On July 23rd, One Direction’s fandom celebrated something special: the 10th anniversary of the boy band being formed on reality competition series The X Factor. While the fans didn’t get new music from the group, that didn’t stop them from heavily streaming and buying their music, pushing a slew of 1D albums into Rolling Stone‘s Top 200 Albums chart.

Four of 1D’s five albums made it to the chart, led by their final LP, Made in the A.M., at Number 125, pulling in 8.8 million on-demand audio streams last week — a 92 percent increase from the week prior. Midnight Memories clocked in at Number 156 (7,100 units), Four hit Number 166 (6,900 units), and Take Me Home debuted at Number 172, with that album seeing the biggest week-on-week lift in streams (116 percent). 

Top Albums

The week of July 24, 2020


Camila Cabello
Album Units 7.7K

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Lil Nas X
Album Units 7.7K


Album Units 7.6K

The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Various Artists
Album Units 7.6K

Red Pill Blues

Maroon 5
Album Units 7.6K

The Rolling Stone 200 Albums chart tracks the most popular releases of the week in the United States. Entries are ranked by album units, a number that combines digital and physical album sales, digital song sales, and audio streams using a custom weighting system. The chart does not include passive listening such as terrestrial radio or digital radio. The Rolling Stone 200 Albums chart is updated daily, and each week Rolling Stone finalizes and publishes an official version of the chart, covering the seven-day period ended the previous Thursday.

Overall, on-demand audio streams for One Direction’s catalog nearly doubled from the week before, to nearly 42 million, helping them move up to Number 20 on the Artists 500 chart. Digital song sales increased by 90 percent, while digital album sales jumped 240 percent.

One Direction went on indefinite hiatus in early 2016. At the time, they had dwindled down from five original members to four after the departure of Zayn Malik in early 2015. Made in the A.M. is the only album of One Direction’s to not feature Malik. Since their hiatus, each member has pursued a solo career, having released at least one solo album each. Harry Styles released his sophomore LP, Fine Line, in late 2019, and Niall Horan debuted his second LP, Heartbreak Weather, this past spring. 



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