Bruce Springsteen may have topped the Billboard charts this week with his new album Wrecking Ball -- knocking Adele's 21 out of the No. 1 spot after 23 nonconsecutive weeks -- but chances are British boy band One Direction will debut at the top of the charts next week with their album Up All Night.
In case you haven't heard, One Direction -- comprised of Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan -- is currently taking over with teen girls across the U.S. falling for their British charms. The boy band was formed on the seventh series of the British singing competition "The X Factor," after guest judge Nicole Scherzinger made a recommendation to Simon Cowell to put the five solo hopefuls together to compete in the competition as a group act.
Despite not winning "The X Factor," One Direction quickly surged to the top of the charts in the UK. The band released their debut album Up All Night in November 2011, and it debuted at No. 2 on the UK charts, selling 138,600 in its first week. Up All Night went on to reach the top 10 in 15 other countries as well.
If One Direction does claim the coveted spot atop the Billboard 200 chart, the teen phenomenons would not only make a smashing debut in America, but they would make history.
"The album should do somewhere in the range of 160,000 to 180,000, that's what we're projecting right now," Keith Caulfield, associate director of charts at Billboard, told MTV News. "It's a little hard to gauge ... [but if they do make] No. 1 ... it would mark the first time a British group's first album has debuted at on top."
To add to their stateside success, the group just landed their own Nickelodeon show.
Take a look at current boy bands tearing up the music scene, and vote for your favorite below!
Are these guys the next Backstreet Boys? Joining Big Time Rush on tour, another British-Irish group called One Direction performed on the Today Show on March 12 to an audience of hundreds of screaming fans. The band was put together on the U.K. version of Simon Cowell's The X Factor. The boys will continue to conquer American culture, as they are set to perform on Saturday Night Live on April 7 with Modern Family star Sofia Vergara as guest host.
Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan are the boys of American super group Big Time Rush. The band is featured on a television show on Nickelodeon of the same name, which chronicles the fictional misadventures of the four boys in Hollywood. Songstress Demi Lovato has reportedly been getting cozy with Logan, since the two were seen holding hands last week at the Big Time Movie premiere last week.
Bringing some swag to the boy band scene, Mindless Behavior's Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray and Princeton debuted their R&B pop-infused album #1 Girl last September. The second single off the album, "Mrs. Right," landed at No. 1 on BET's 106 and Park three weeks in a row. The group recently debuted the video for their newest single "Hello," with coordinated outfits and smooth dance moves to match.
The Wanted, a group of five Irish-British cuties have caught attention on the American charts with their single "Glad You Came." Currently at No. 4 on the Billboard chart, the boys are also in talks to get a walk-on role in the film adaptation of hit U.S. TV series Entourage.
Before headlining their own shows, Allstar Weekend went on tour last summer with Selena Gomez and The Scene. Zach Porter, Cameron Quiseng and Michael Martinez released their album All The Way last September, and headlined the Florida Strawberry Festival on March 10 with Rodney Atkins.
Old meets new in Heart2Heart, a group that was created and mentored by former boy-bander Lance Bass. Their first single, "Facebook Official," talks about making your relationship legitimate via the social networking site. Many people are skeptical of the band's legitimacy, as the group's frontman David Lehre is a filmmaker who has a history of creating boy band parody videos.
Lady Gaga super-producer RedOne launched a boy band last year called Midnight Red. This past summer, they toured with boy band legends New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys. The quintet's debut single, "One Club At A Time," was selected as one of three National Dance Day Songs in association with So You Think You Can Dance's National Dance Day. Watch a re-cap of National Dance Day 2011, set to the tune of "One Club at a Time."