One Direction Album Is World's Biggest Hit
Chart-toppers One Direction had the biggest selling album in the world last year - the sixth year in the last seven a British act has topped the global sales chart, according to new figures.
The group's third album, Midnight Memories, sold four million copies in just six weeks, data from the music industry trade body BPI shows.
Home-grown acts accounted for one in every eight album sales around the world in 2013.
Robbie Williams' Swings Both Ways was the 18th biggest seller, while David Bowie's comeback album The Next Day came 35th.
Adele's 21, now more than three years old, and Babel by Mumford and Sons also notched up strong sales.
Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesman for the BPI, said: "For home-grown talent to have recorded the world's biggest selling album six out of the last seven years is a phenomenal achievement that says a great deal about the popularity of British music around the world.
"Aside from the obvious contribution to British exports, this success underlines the vital role our music and artists play in promoting the appeal of British culture around the world."
In the UK itself, British artists accounted for just over half (52%) of all album sales in 2013.
American acts were the next most popular, accounting for a third of all albums purchased.