One Direction's Midnight Memories debuts at #1 on the sales chart this week with 546,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This means the 1D boys have the distinction of being the first group to debut at #1 with their first three albums (following Up All Night and Take Me Home). With the start of Midnight Memories, One Direction also becomes only the third Pop group to log multiple half-million sales weeks in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Billboard reports that since the company began tracking sales in 1991, only two other Pop groups have notched more than one sales week of 500,000: fellow boy bands 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys.
Meanwhile, last week's #1 album, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, is pushed down to #2 with 199,000 units sold. Garth Brooks' new Walmart-exclusive box set, Blame It All on My Roots, starts at #3 by moving 164,000 copies in less than four days on sale, as the album was released on Thanksgiving Day. Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas is steady at #4 with 137,000, and Katy Perry's Prism is back up to #5 with 136,000 sold.
Kelly Clarkson's holiday album, Wrapped In Red, rises to #6 with 131,000, and Lady Gaga's ARTPOP moves up one position to #7 with 116,000. Luke Bryan's Crash My Party is the #8 album this week with 109,000, and Miley Cyrus'Bangerz is #9 with 79,000. Rounding out the Top 10 is the Now 48 compilation, shifting 77,000 units.