Up All Night had sold 499,850 copies as of midnight on Saturday, but is still awaiting an official Platinum Award from the BPI. Rebecca Ferguson’s Heaven, which has also passed 400,000 sales, was given the honour just before Christmas.
This week could also see Cher Lloyd pass 200,000 units, as her new single ‘Want U Back’ picks up momentum and her album Sticks + Stones gains on Matt Cardle’s debut Letters.
Letters has performed significantly better than it’s being given credit for, having not left the UK Top 40 since its release in September.
However its third single ‘Starlight’ was a total flop, charting only at No. 185 despite garnering enough radio support to make No. 23 on the airplay chart.
The X Factor season 7 finalists’ albums rank as follows.
X Factor 2010 Finalists: Album sales up to 21/1/12:
1. One Direction – Up All Night 499,850 (released 28/11)
2. Rebecca Ferguson – Heaven 405,932 (released 5/12)
3. Matt Cardle – Letters 245,271 (released 14/10)
4. Cher Lloyd – Sticks + Stones 198,199 (released 14/11)
Source: Music Week