Harry Styles claims One Direction are 'even bigger' than The Beatles
The pop star admitted that his band fail to touch the Fab Four music-wise
The "Kiss You" singer told Top of the Pops magazine that watching the film of Liverpool's Fab Four arriving at John F Kennedy Airport for their first ever US tour in 1964 “really was like us”.
"Stepping off the plane, the girls, the madness, it was exactly the same as when we got there – just 50 years earlier," Styles said.
Quick to regain some humility, he added: "But none of us think we’re in the same league as them music-wise. We’d be total fools if we did. Fame-wise it’s probably even bigger, but we don’t stand anywhere near them in terms of music."
Their latest album, Midnight Memories , saw the band become the first to enter the US Billboard 200 at number one with their first three albums.
The British pop group were also the most popular global recording artists of 2013, outperforming Eminem, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake in the first complete analysis of digital downloads, streaming and physical sales.
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