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One Direction have made history after becoming the first British group whose debut has gone straight in at No 1 in the US on the BillBoard album chart.

The five-piece UK boyband, who are signed to Simon Cowell's label Syco, consists of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson.

The former X Factor stars, who have been likened to the legendary Beatles, made the achievement with their new album Up All Night, which reached sales of 176,000 in the first week of its release.

After seeing their popularity rise since they came third in the 2010 season, they have surpassed The Beatles, who only hit No 4 in the States with their debut album Introducing...The Beatles in 1964.

One Direction's achievement has also beaten the Spice Girls, whose debut album Spice go to No 6 in 1997.

The band thanked their fans for their support by tweeting: "Congratulations to One Direction for coming in at #1 on the U.S. @billboard charts. Thank you to all who've been there from day one."

The news comes days after the Nickelodeon network confirmed that the teen sensations had bagged their own TV show.

Nickelodeon told fans on Twitter: "The rumours are true, our live-action slate does include a development project for One Direction. Welcome to the family!"

The lads have enjoyed phenomenal success stateside. In addition to performing a 10-date tour, their deal with Nickelodeon will further increase their exposure.