One Direction have claimed a record-breaking first after becoming the first UK group to debut at No.1 in USA with a debut album after Up All Night entered at No.1 on 31 March 2012.

In the process, the boys bettered the 1997 achievement of The Spice Girls, who previously held the record for the Highest entry into US album chart by a British group when Spice entered at No.6.

The British five-piece, made up of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, were formed in 2010 by the X Factor judges after they failed to impress as solo artists on the TV talent show.

Commenting on the record, the band said: "Being the first British band to debut at Number 1 in America with a debut album is something that we would have never even have dreamt of. We are incredibly proud to have this achievement included in the Guinness World Records book.

One Direction's record and many, many more feature in the new Guinness World Records 2013 edition - available worldwide from 13th September 2012.