One Direction top British charts


Posted at Nov 19 2012 12:23 PM | Updated as of Nov 19 2012 08:23 PM

LONDON -- Boy band One Direction topped Britain's singles and album charts on Sunday, outselling new releases from rock veterans Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones, the Official Charts Company said.

The English-Irish quintet shot to No. 1 in the album charts with "Take Me Home", with one of its tracks, "Little Things," also taking first place in the singles rankings.

Singer Rod Stewart had to settle for No. 2 for his new collection of seasonal classics "Merry Christmas Baby," while the Rolling Stones were third with their 50th anniversary compilation "GRRR!".

Also new in the album lists were British tenor Alfie Boe at No. 6 with "Storyteller," while American punk band Green Day entered in 10th place with "¡Dos!".

American singer Bruno Mars took second place in the singles charts with "Locked Out Of Heaven," just ahead of "DNA" at No. 3 from British girl group Little Mix.