One Direction’s ‘Midnight Memories’ Declared The Best-Selling Album Of 2013

Midnight Memories, the latest album from One Direction, was recently declared the best-selling album of 2013.

While recording artists such as Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry had no problem selling several copies of their respective releases, they simply couldn’t outperform the British heartthrobs on a global scale. According to NME, Midnight Memories sold more copies worldwide than any other record released last year.

Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 may have sold quite a few copies upon its release, but One Direction managed to surpass the rapper’s latest endeavor as well. In fact, Midnight Memories moved a whopping four million copies during in the first five weeks of release. As a result, the record found its way to the top of the charts in no less than 19 countries.

Express reports that analysts discovered that Midnight Memories was the best-selling record of 2013 after taking a look some industry-oriented data. In addition to looking at physical sales, the British Phonographic Industry investigated streaming and download info.

The BPI said in a recent statement:

“Around one in eight albums sold around the world are by British artists and One Direction are certainly playing their part in maintaining this fantastic achievement. It all helps to add up to a golden decade of global success for British music, and with some huge albums out later this year, not least from the likes of Coldplay in May and a rumoured new release from Adele, there must be another good chance that a British artist will again top the global best-sellers list come the end of the 2014.”

If you’ve already purchased a copy of Midnight Memories but you want to celebrate One Direction’s continued popularity around the world, then the group has something a little different to offer its hardcore fans next month.

The Inquisitr previously reported that the group will issue a copy of the single “Midnight Memories” on vinyl to celebrate Record Store Day. If you want to snag the limited edition release, then you’ll need to pay a visit to your local music shop. Considering the singers dressed up as hair metal guitarists for the artwork, chances are you’ll want to grab a copy while you can.

Check out the cover of the “Midnight Memories” vinyl release below.

Here’s a shot of the actual picture disc.

Are you surprised that One Direction’s Midnight Memories was recently declared the best-selling album of 2013?