1D are thrilled with their American success

One Direction are still in shock after becoming the first ever British group to go straight to No 1 in America with their debut album Up All Night.

Liam Payne, 18, says the band are ecstatic to have become so successful over the pond in such a short space of time.

‘Our tour manager told us it would take three years of hard graft to do well in America… so for it to have taken off as it has is incredible,’ says Liam.

Liam – who dates dancer Danielle Peazer – puts the boys’ triumph down to their use of social networking websites.

He loves the fact that he and Louis Tomlinson, 20, Zayn Malik, 19, plus Harry Styles and Niall Horan, both 18, can talk to their fans directly.

Twitter has been a major factor in getting our name in the States. Just as Twitter has gone up, so we have, too,’ Liam tells the Daily Mirror.

‘They’ve gone hand in hand.

‘And, picture-wise, Tumblr has helped us a lot. It has really accelerated our success.’

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