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One Direction's "Midnight Memories" the Year's Biggest-Selling Album in the UK

Image courtesy of SYCO/Sony Music Entertainment (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of SYCO/Sony Music Entertainment (via ABC News Radio)

It's only been out for five weeks or so, but One Direction's Midnight Memories has now overtaken every other album released in the U.K. this past year to become the country's best-selling disc of 2013.

Britain's Official Charts Company reports that 1D's album has sold 700,000 copies in their native U.K. since its November release, posting a last - minute sales surge to pass the previous front-runner, Emeli Sande's Our Version of Events , which has moved 685,000 copies this year alone.

In a statement, 1D's Liam Payne told OfficialCharts.com, "This tops an amazing year for us! We're so excited to have the biggest-selling album in the UK this year, especially with a record we are all so proud of. We'd like to thank everyone who has bought the album, it really means a lot to us.”

In the U.S., Midnight Memories debuted at #1, One Direction's third album to do so.  While it wasn't among the top-10 best-selling albums of 2013 in the U.S., 1D's previous album, Take Me Home , was: it ranks third, behind albums from Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift , on Billboard's official year-end chart. 

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