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One Direction channel Blondie to score third number one single

Published on Feb 25, 2013 6:23 AM
Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan of British-Irish pop band 'One Direction' pose on the red carpet arriving at the BRIT Awards 2013 in London on Feb 20, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Boy band and talent show alumni One Direction raced to the top of the charts this week with the fastest selling single of 2013 so far, while BRIT Award winner Emili Sande reclaimed the top of the album chart, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday.

X-Factor finalists One Direction went in at number one with charity single One Way Or Another, a cover of the Blondie classic. The single is the five-member group's third number one and sixth top-ten single in less than 18 months.

Elsewhere in the top ten, US heartthrob Justin Timberlake jumped 24 places to number four with Mirrors.

In the album chart Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande, fresh from winning the coveted best album and best British female gongs at the BRIT awards earlier this month, retook the top spot with Our Version Of Events.

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