Liam Payne congratulates Harry Styles for topping the US Billboard charts

Liam Payne has congratulated Harry Styles on his amazing chart success.

The One Direction star heaped praise on his former bandmate, whose second solo album Fine Line topped the US Billboard 200 charts this week.

Comparatively, Liam’s album, which was released on December 6, has struggled to make any such impact, peaking at number 17 in the UK and a bruising 111th place on the American.

'You must be over the moon!' Liam Payne has congratulated Harry Styles on his amazing chart success

‘You must be over the moon!’ Liam Payne has congratulated Harry Styles on his amazing chart success

Well done! The One Direction star heaped praise on his former bandmate, whose second solo album Fine Line topped the US Billboard 200 charts this week

Well done! The One Direction star heaped praise on his former bandmate, whose second solo album Fine Line topped the US Billboard 200 charts this week

Sharing an image of the LP on Instagram, Liam wrote: ‘Massive congrats H, on becoming the first UK Male artist to debut at No. 1 with your first two albums! What an achievement, you must be over the moon.’

According to Billboard, the record – which was released on December 13 – enjoyed the biggest week for a pop album by a male singer since 2015, while the collection is already one of the year’s best selling LPs.

Record-breaking record: Harry's new album Fine Line has topped charts around the world in an astonishing return to the charts, which has seen the star breaking records

Record-breaking record: Harry's new album Fine Line has topped charts around the world in an astonishing return to the charts, which has seen the star breaking records 

Harry’s album debuted with over 478,000 equivalent album units sold and 393,000 traditional albums sold, making it the sixth best-selling traditional album of the year in just under a week.

Adding to the success of the album, it also marks the fourth-biggest vinyl sales week in Nielsen music history.

Fine Line has drawn over 100 million on-demand audio streams in just the first week, marking the third highest debut for any artist this year and is the biggest week for a pop album by a male artist in four years.

Struggle: Comparatively, his former One Direction bandmate Liam's album, which was released on December 6, has struggled to make any such impact. Pictured together in 2015

Struggle: Comparatively, his former One Direction bandmate Liam’s album, which was released on December 6, has struggled to make any such impact. Pictured together in 2015

Among the countries where Fine Line has landed at the top spot are the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Brazil, and across South East Asia.

He has now become the first UK male artist to debut at number with his first two albums and has even more than doubled the first-week numbers of his debut self-titled album, which was released in May 2017.

While Harry basks in the glory of chart success in the run-up to Christmas and the New Year, Liam has not only faced disappointing sales – where his album hasonly broken the top 20 in the UK – he has also faced harsh reviews. 

Critics have given the album, which had climbed to number nine on the ITunes chart, mixed reviews, with The  Guardian‘s Laura Snapes giving LP1 one star out of five.

Wow: The musician's latest offering has made history as the biggest sales week for a solo UK male artist's album since Nielsen Music began electronically tracking sales data in 1991

Wow: The musician’s latest offering has made history as the biggest sales week for a solo UK male artist's album since Nielsen Music began electronically tracking sales data in 1991 

Success: Harry's album debuted at number in the US on the Billboard 200 with over 478,000 equivalent album units sold and 393,000 traditional albums sold

Success: Harry’s album debuted at number in the US on the Billboard 200 with over 478,000 equivalent album units sold and 393,000 traditional albums sold

The Independent‘s Helen Brown gave the album two stars and described the record as ‘one dimensional’. 

NME reviewer El Hunt gave the album two stars and added: ‘Eclectic sounds, but little depth.’

Despite the negative reviews, the singer took to Instagram to thank his supporters and said that he was ‘blown away by the reaction already’.

He said: ‘Thanks to everyone that's picked up the album so far… your support doesn't go unnoticed.’

During a recent appearance on US TV show Watch What Happens Live, Liam spoke about seeing Harry for the first time in three years at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball in London earlier this month. 

Sales: Liam's album has received brusing reviews from critics, and peaked at number 17 in the UK (the only country where it broke the top 20) and 111th place on the America's Billboard 200

Sales: Liam’s album has received brusing reviews from critics, and peaked at number 17 in the UK (the only country where it broke the top 20) and 111th place on the America’s Billboard 200 

Liam said: ‘We spoke about a number of things. We hadn’t seen each other for three years. Literally, I haven’t seen him once and we hadn’t spoken or anything.

‘So it was good to see him. He was pretty much the same boy that I left him. We spoke about the kids and happiness and all sorts of stuff.’

This winter marks a busy time for all of the One Direction stars, with Zayn Malik has following in the footsteps of his former bandmates by teasing new solo material.

Following on from Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan also also either released or announced new music in the past two months, while Zayn took to social media last month to confirm a new single is imminent.

Back on the scene: Their former One Direction bandmate Zayn Mailk recently returned to social media for the first time in almost a month to announce that he's releasing a new track

Back on the scene: Their former One Direction bandmate Zayn Mailk recently returned to social media for the first time in almost a month to announce that he’s releasing a new track

The star, 26, returned to social media for the first time in almost a month to announce the new track Flames.

The singer has teamed up with R3hab and Jungleboi on the new track, which is ‘coming soon’ and available to pre-save on Spotify now. 

Alongside the artwork he simply wrote on Instagram: ‘FLAMES.’ The upcoming track is the first from the PillowTalk hitmaker since his 2018 album Icarus Falls. 

All of the One Direction lads have had new music out over the past couple of months. 

Niall put out Nice To Meet Ya at the beginning of October, and over the past two months Louis has released the singles Kill My Mind and We Made It from his upcoming debut solo record Walls. 

Two new tracks: Over the past two months ,Louis Tomlinson has released the singles Kill My Mind and We Made It from his upcoming debut solo record Walls

Two new tracks: Over the past two months ,Louis Tomlinson has released the singles Kill My Mind and We Made It from his upcoming debut solo record Walls

First track in two years: Niall Horan put out Nice to Meet Ya at the beginning of October, the lead single from his upcoming second studio album

First track in two years: Niall Horan put out Nice to Meet Ya at the beginning of October, the lead single from his upcoming second studio album

Iconic: Zayn left One Direction in 2015 with the band, who were formed on The X Factor in 2010, going on hiatus in January 2016 (pictured in November 2013)

Iconic: Zayn left One Direction in 2015 with the band, who were formed on The X Factor in 2010, going on hiatus in January 2016 (pictured in November 2013)

 

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