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NEW YORK -- One Direction's Take Me Home is the taking the boys to the top of the charts - and to new heights.

TheLondon group's sophomore album has sold 540,000 in its first week,according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the year's third-highest debutbehind Taylor Swift's Red, which sold 1.2 million units its first week earlier this month, and Mumford & Sons' Babel, which sold more than 600,000 albums in September.

Bandmember Harry Styles says in an interview Tuesday that the group can'tthank their fans enough. Niall Horan adds that they initially werenervous about the new release.

Take Me Home also debuted at No. 1 in the United Kingdom. The group's debut, Up All Night, has achieved platinum status in America since its March release.