AceShowbiz - One Direction is one step away from beating The Beatles' record. The four-piece boyband is now tied with the rock band as only groups to have three of their members top Billboard 200 with solo albums after Niall Horan's first solo album "Flicker" debuts atop the chart.
Niall is the third One Direction's member who tops Billboard 200 chart with his solo album, following Harry Styles with his self-titled album, which was released in early 2017, and Zayn Malik with his debut album "Mind of Mine", which was released in 2016.
Knowing that his album scored No. 1 on the chart, Niall thanked his fans for making it happen. "It's been a crazy couple years of me between writing, recording and promoting this record. Today it really feels like all the hard work has paid off," he tweeted on October 29. "Huge thanks to my label and management for the constant support on everything I do. The fans, you are incredible! The love I get on a daily basis is amazing. Thank you and thank you again."
On the other hand, three members of The Beatles have scored No. 1 albums on Billboard several times. They are George Harrison, who topped Billboard with his solo efforts twice, John Lennon with three No. 1 albums and Paul McCartney, who notched six No. 1 albums including efforts with his band Wings. Ringo Starr is the only member who hasn't topped the chart with his solo album.
The "Midnight Memories" singers have a high chance to beat The Beatles' record as Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson have yet to release their solo albums. Both of them have charted songs before. Liam previously notched No. 1 Pop Songs airplay with his song "Strip That Down" featuring Quavo, while Louis made it to No. 7 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with his collaborative song with Steve Aoki, "Just Hold On".
If One Direction beats The Beatles' record for real, it will be the second time the British boyband bests the four-piece rock band's record. Following the release of "Perfect" in November 2015, the "Best Song Ever" singers beat The Beatles' record with fifth top 10 debut on Billboard 100. The rock band only had four songs, which were "Hey Jude", "Get Back", "Let It Be" and "Free as a Bird", that debuted on the chart's top 10.