One Direction Kills a Beatles Record

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2015 9:56 AM CDT
Updated Oct 28, 2015 10:22 AM CDT
One Direction Kills a Beatles Record
In this March 25, 2015, file photo, members of One Direction, from left, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, and Niall Horan, wave during an event to promote their film near Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Time to be depressed, baby boomers: One Direction has officially overtaken a long-standing Beatles record. The current-day boy band's new single, "Perfect," debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, the fifth time a 1D song has done so—putting One Direction ahead of the Beatles, who only had four singles debut in the Hot 100's top 10 ("Hey Jude" in 1968, "Get Back" in 1969, "Let It Be" in 1970, and "Free as a Bird," recorded as a reunited trio with the late John Lennon's recorded vocals, in 1995). points out that Taylor Swift still holds the overall record, with a dozen top 10 debuts in the Hot 100, the most of any artist since the chart debuted in 1958. (More One Direction stories.)

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