One Direction dethrones Swift to top US music charts

One Direction poses backstage with their awards during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California on Nov 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
One Direction poses backstage with their awards during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California on Nov 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (Agence France-Presse) - One Direction has dethroned Taylor Swift to top album sales charts in the United States, but the British boy band's debut was far less spectacular, figures showed Wednesday.

One Direction's fourth album - called, simply, Four - sold 387,000 copies in the US in the week through Sunday, ending a three-week run by Taylor Swift's 1989 at the head of the Billboard 200 chart, Nielsen SoundScan said.

But the debut week for One Direction was far more modest than that for 1989 which sold nearly 1.3 million albums in the week after its October 27 release.

Swift's album smashed expectations with its sales, which were higher than any other album in a single week since Eminem's The Eminem Show in 2002, when the music industry's overall sales were far higher.

Swift created a stir by removing her work from the streaming service Spotify, accusing the company of insufficient compensation, but One Direction's music remains available on the site.

Starting next week, the Billboard 200 will begin to consider streaming when determining the chart.