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One Direction Named Billboard’s Top Artist of 2014

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Huge congratulations are in order for One Direction — they have just been named Billboard’s Top Artist of 2014!

According to Billboard, 1D are the first group in over 10 years to win the honor (the last being Destiny’s Child in 2001), and only the ninth ever to earn the distinction. We’re guessing that if Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn and Niall haven’t already exploded into super party mode, they will be momentarily.

The criteria for top artist of the year is “derived from activity on the Billboard 200 albums tally and the Billboard Hot 100 singles list, as well as streaming, social and boxscore data,” Billboard reports, citing the success of 1D’s ‘Midnight Memories,’ social media performance and jaw-dropping tour grosses as the main components that helped the group secure the win. In fact, the boys’ Where We Are tour grossed $290 million and was subsequently named the top tour of the year. Whew!

But because success isn’t just measured in terms of numbers, we also have to applaud the band for giving back. In fact, they just granted 36 wishes to sweet fans while at the Rays of Sunshine organization. You can check out the heartwarming pictures here!

Congrats on all of your accomplishments, One Direction!

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