By Zachary Swickey
Considering the state of the music industry, a platinum plaque is now a rare and more meaningful feat than ever before. For evidence, look no further than the fact that One Direction’s hit album Up All Night just became the first album released in 2012 to surpass one million in record sales, according to Yahoo Music.
Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee isn’t too far behind with 951K copies sold. Justin Bieber’s Believe and Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away trail 1D and Richie with sales of 649K and 644K, respectively.
The days of selling a million albums in a week seem to be over. Sure, Lady Gaga did it last year, but a substantial part of her sales came from a 99 cent offer on Amazon that forced Billboard and Soundscan to readjust the rules for charting albums. Full-length releases priced below $3.49 no longer count.
In other One Direction news, the boys have a live DVD that’s not doing too shabby in sales either. “Up all Night: The Live Tour” has held the number one spot eight weeks in a row on Billboard’s Top Music Videos chart with 223k copies sold.
On December 3, One Direction will have one of the biggest concerts of their career when they perform at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden – a performance that sold out in under an hour. Clearly, demand is quite high for the overseas boy band as they have already booked concert dates in the U.S. for summer 2013.