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One Direction tops chart, adds another Rose Bowl date

British boy band One Direction, shown during the Teen Choice Awards recently in Los Angeles, has been supported by the Who's Pete Townshend in a debate over similarities between its hit "Best Song Ever" and the Who's "Baba O'Riley."
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Apologies to those who thought One Direction was just another flash-in-the-pan boy band. The British group is proving unstoppable.

One Direction’s third album, “Midnight Memories,” debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week after selling 546,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

“Midnight Memories” is the group’s third No. 1 album, making it the first to debut at No. 1 with its first three albums. 1D’s debut, “Up All Night,” and the follow-up “Take Me Home” were both released last year.

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Also, as Billboard noted in its chart analysis, One Direction is the first group since the Monkees to have its first three albums reach No. 1, a fitting piece of pop trivia given both acts were born on television to the delight of teenagers.

1D mania will reach fever pitch next year when the boys anchor a stadium tour, which includes a stop at the Rose Bowl in September.

On Wednesday Live Nation announced it had added an additional Rose Bowl date to satisfy demand. Tickets for the pair of shows – scheduled for Sept. 12-13 – go on sale Saturday.

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