One Direction: Billboard’s Top Artist of the Year! (@onedirection)

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One Direction is Billboard’s Top Artist of 2014!

The British boy band is the first group to earn the top artist distinction since Destiny’s Child in 2001.

Billboard bases the award on chart performances between December 7, 2013 and November 29, 2014. The top artist category is ranked from activity on the Billboard’s 200 albums tally and the Billboard hot 100 singles list as well as social media and streaming.

One Direction’s achievement was mostly achieved by their 3rd album Midnight Memories that debuted at No. 1 and their Where We Are World Tour, which finished off as the top tour this year.

The boys have been really busy promoting their recently released 4th album Four and planning their next tour On the Road Again for 2015.

Looks like One Direction will keep kicking butt on the charts for the years to come. Congrats, boys!