Cynics will be shaking their heads today – because One Direction really are set to conquer the world.
The boy band, home-grown on the X Factor, scooped the biggest-selling album across the globe in 2013.
Despite shedding their good boy image, the five singers proved that they really do have the “Best Song Ever” with their third album accounting for one in every eight artist albums sold internationally.
Midnight Memories clocked up sales of four million in the space of six weeks, ensuring that British acts took home the trophy for the sixth year out of seven.
US rapper Eminem had to be content with second place, while Justin Timberlake came in at number three.
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
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'I'm so jealous of everyone that meets One Direction. Then again if I met Harry I would hyperventilate, suffocate and die so...' - @m_a_g_z_i_e
2/20 One Direction
'If I ever received a tweet from anyone in One Direction I'd literally die on the spot and I want my obituary and tombstone to blame them.' - @aurosan
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'When I die, I want the One Direction 'Talk Dirty to Me' video displayed at my funeral, on a screen projected over my casket, playing non stop, thank you.' - @zaynlikespayne
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'I cannot speak I want to write the word 'love' everywhere and tell everyone I love One Direction more than anything ever.' - @sneezeharrys
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'I'm in the 'I'm gonna die alone with 8 cats and my posters of One Direction don't breath near me or I'll punch you' mood.' - @nouisteenagers
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'HARRY. YOU ARE NOT A GOD DAMN MAN WHORE. YOU ARE A CUPCAKE. JESUS.' - @daddyslittlelou
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When 1D were on the cover of GQ magazine: 'The GQ pictures make me want to stab myself in the uterus!' - @ziallsafari
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'I hope that I die before any of the boys in One Direction does cause I will not be able to even move if they go before I do.' - @pokeniall
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Another GQ response read: 'Holy. C**p. The boys on the cover of GQ magazine. Someone shoot me. Push me off a cliff. Stab me!' - @wafaastalks
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'Person: Why do you love One Direction? Me: Why do you breathe? Person: If I didn't I'd die. Me: Exactly.' - @idrugsharry
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'Don't hate on Louis you f**king a******s or I will shove bleach into your a******s and pull out your eyes with a spork.' - @fxkinlouis
12/20 One Direction
'When are you in public and a One Direction song comes on and your kidneys rupture and then you die.' - @harryhasbooty
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'If One Direction were falling off a cliff and I could only save one then I'd shoot myself so we could all die and meet in heaven' - @austinrahone
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''One Direction is goin' to be the next to break up'. If you don't shut up I will break your neck and pray for you to die.' - @bubblegumniall
15/20 One Direction
'My friend doesn't like One Direction and I told her that if she said something rude on Twitter she would die.' - @flashing1D
16/20 One Direction
'Do you ever feel like you want to scream and cry and laugh and smile and die because of One Direction. Because same.' - @chenloves1d
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'When Niall cuddles someone or something and his cheeks do the thing I die.' - @daintyiero
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'My parents always say 'They're gonna die down' and 'You'll grow out of them'. No f**k you I'm getting One Direction tattooed across my face.' - @calumshoran
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'Dear One Direction, you stole my heart but that's okay. I like my boys like I like my tea - hot and British with some Irish creme.' - @torii_rakusx
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'Imagine Niall barging into the church and saying 'I OBJECT' to your marriage because he loves you.' - @niamhabitat
New analysis by music industry trade body BPI for its 2014 yearbook showed UK acts took a 13 per cent share of global sales, excluding those for compilations.
The figure is down marginally - by 0.3 per cent - on the 2012 figure but showed Brits still proved to be hugely popular, accounting for a quarter of the top 40 best-selling albums internationally.
Among the strong performers were Robbie Williams for Swings Both Ways (the 18th biggest seller around the world) and David Bowie's comeback album The Next Day (at 35).
Adele's 21 and Babel by Mumford & Sons continued to clock up huge sales.
BPI spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said: “For home-grown talent to have recorded the world's biggest-selling album six out of the last seven years is a phenomenal achievement that says a great deal about the popularity of British music around the world.
"Aside from the obvious contribution to British exports, this success underlines the vital role that our music and artists play in promoting the appeal of British culture around the world."
In May One Direction members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson sparked controversy when they were filmed sharing what appeared to be a joint while on tour in South America.
And in January Liam Payne was forced to apologise to fans after he posted a picture of himself dangerously balanced on the roof ledge of a 34-floor building, sparking fears that he was set to jump off.
Global top selling albums of 2013
1. One Direction, Midnight Memories - 4 million
2. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP2 - 3.8 million
3. Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience - 3.6 million
4. Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox - 3.2 million
5. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories - 3.2 million
6. Katy Perry, Prism - 2.8 million
7. Michael Bublé, To Be Loved - 2.4 million
8. Imagine Dragons, Night Visions - 2.4 million
9. Lady Gaga, Artpop - 2.3 million
10. Beyoncé, Beyoncé - 2.3 million
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