One Direction are set to have the fastest-selling album of 2013 after their third record sold 145,000 copies in three days.
According to the latest chart update, Midnight Memories is outselling Gary Barlow’s new album Since I Saw You Last by almost three copies to one.
The boy band’s record is also selling more copies than every other artist in the top five combined.
It is the former X Factor group’s third album in as many years.
The Official Charts Company says that, if One Direction’s sales continue at this pace, it will be fastest-selling album of the year beating Daft Punk’s total.
Random Access Memories sold 165,000 copies in its first week on release in May.
One Direction’s second record, Take Me Home, went to number one last year with their debut, Up All Night, making it to number two in the Official Album Chart in 2011.
Robbie Williams’ Swings Both Ways, which became the UK’s 1,000th number one album last week, is down two places to number three.
Meanwhile, Olly Murs’ Right Place Right Time has gone up 92 places to number four, following the release of a special edition.
Boyzone’s BZ20, celebrating 20 years since the band formed, completes the top five.
Emeli Sande has the biggest-selling album of the year with Our Version of Events but so far in 2013 no record has sold more than a million copies.
Meanwhile, in the Official Singles Chart, Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts look likely to knock Lily Allen from number one, with their new track Under Control.
McFly, who recently announced they would be forming the supergroup McBusted, are in second place with Love Is On The Radio.
One Direction are at number three with Story of My Life, while Gary Barlow is in fourth with Let Me Go.
Lily Allen has dropped to fifth in the chart with her version of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know.
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