LONDON (METRO)One Direction has reportedly outsold a string of prominent UK acts after notching up record sales of 12m in less than 12 months. The five-piece band - Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles – is said to have shifted more records than Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Mumford and Sons and Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds combined.

And much of their success can be attributed to their US stardom as well as their popularity in the UK. The band’s debut single What Makes You Beautiful shifted 5m copies across the world, three million of which were sold in the States. They have also sold 3m copies of their debut album Up All Night and can add a further 1m sales of their DVD Up All Night: The Live Tour to their awesome tally.