One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ debuted at No. 28. It’s the highest bow for a U.K. act’s debut US single in nearly 14 years, reports Billboard. Beautiful sold 132,000 downloads in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, starting at No. 12 on the Digital Songs chart. It’s the highest new-Brit Hot 100 launch since the Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ entered at No. 13 on the chart dated March 28, 1998.
The last U.K. group to see its first US single start higher was the Spice Girls, when ‘Wannabe’ landed at No. 11 on Jan. 25, 1997. ‘Wannabe’ vaulted to No. 1 four weeks later, spending four straight weeks at the top of the tally.