Week Ending Oct. 7, 2012. Songs: One Direction’s Hot Debut (OMG!!!)
One Direction's "Live While We're Young," the first single from the U.K. boy band's upcoming sophomore album, Take Me Home, is the top new entry on the Hot 100 at #3 (just behind Maroon 5's "One More Night" and PSY's "Gangnam Style"). "Live While We're Young" is the first song by a boy band to enter the chart inside the top five since Jonas Brothers' "Burnin' Up" debuted at #5 in July 2008.
"Live While We're Young" is One Direction's highest-charting hit to date, surpassing its breakthrough smash "What Makes You Beautiful," which peaked at #4 in April. It's vying to become the first song by a boy band to top the Hot 100 since *NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me" headed that chart for two weeks in the summer of 2000.
"Live While We're Young" enters Hot Digital Songs at #1. It's the first song by a boy band to top the digital chart (which originated in June 2003, two months after the opening of the iTunes store). "Live Like We're Young" sold 341K copies in its first week. That's the biggest one-week sales tally for a song by a boy band in digital history. The old record was held by "What Makes You Beautiful," which sold 294K copies in the week ending April 8. (Such boy-band blockbusters as *NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" and Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" were released before the advent of the digital age.)
Take Me Home is due Nov. 13. It is a sure thing to debut at #1. 1D's first album, Up All Night, debuted at #1 in March with first-week sales of 176K. 1D would become the first act to notch two #1 albums in 2012. (Another teen sensation, Justin Bieber, was the only act to land two #1 albums in 2011.)
"Live While We're Young" is one of three songs to enter the Hot 100 inside the top 10 this week. Taylor Swift's "Red" debuts at #6. Adele's "Skyfall" bows at #8. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that this is only the second time that three songs have debuted inside the top 10 in the same week. It happened for the first time in March when Katy Perry's "Part Of Me" bowed at #1, Nicki Minaj's Starships" opened at #9 and Chris Brown's "Turn Up The Music" debuted and peaked at #10.
"Red" is Swift's 13th top 10 hit; her 10th to enter the Hot 100 inside the top 10. It's the third preview track from Swift's album Red, which is due Oct. 22. The first, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," logged three weeks at #1. The second, "Begin Again," debuted at #7 last week. Red is Swift's third studio album in a row to spawn three top 10 hits before it was even released. "Change," "Love Story" and "Fearless" all cracked the top 10 before Fearless was released in November 2008. "Mine," "Speak Now" and "Back To December" all cracked the top 10 before Speak Now was released in October 2010.
And Swift isn't through yet. Yet another song from Red, the pop-leaning "I Knew You Were Trouble," is expected to make a big splash on the Hot 100 next week.