One Direction may have broken many hearts when they announced their hiatus last year, but Directioners still remain loyal to the boys, and always will. Since the boys have gone their separate ways (temporarily), they have been dominating the charts with their solo music. Harry’s debut album was only released 2 weeks ago on May 12th. Despite it only being out for this short period of time, Harry has made record-breaking history. We wouldn’t have expected anything less from Harold.
Harry now holds the record for the biggest debut sales week for a U.K. male artist’s first full-length album since records began in 1991. Here’s how:
How many units has he sold?
Harry has already topped the Billboard 200 album chart with over 230,000 equivalent album units sold (U.S). This makes it the biggest debut sales week for a U.K. male artist’s first album in the US. This includes streaming. In total, he has sold 193,000 in traditional album sales.
How many countries has his album got to number 1?
Harry’s achieved number one’s in more than 20 countries, including the U.S, U.K, Ireland, Canada and Australia.
Harry’s debut single ‘Sign of the Times‘ debuted at number one on the Official Singles Chart last month. Not only that, but there are eight out of the 10 album songs that are in the top 100. The album itself sold a massive 57,000 copies in its first week of release.
Following in the footsteps of former One Direction member Zayn Malik, Harry has become the second UK male artist to debut in the number one spot. Harry’s US number one was announced merely days after the UK success.
Who held the record previously?
In 2014, Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ sold 166,000 copies in its first week. After Harry’s success he’s now been pushed back into the second spot.
So there you have it, that’s how Harry has achieved an amazing milestone in his career and he’s only just gone solo. I’m pretty sure there’ll be many more records that he’ll break. Congratulations Harry from everyone at United By Pop.
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