One Direction are today named No.1 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart with ‘Drag Me Down’.

The world’s biggest pop band surprised fans last Friday with the impromptu release of the song, which instantly became the group’s most successful global single launch ever, selling over 500,000 copies in its first week.

In total, so far, ‘Drag Me Down’ has hit No.1 on iTunes in a staggering 90 countries. The song has also officially reached No.1 in France, the band’s first official No.1 single in the country.

The track received 4.75m Spotify streams on the first day, smashing Wiz Khalifa’s record (of 4.25m streams), and shot straight to the top of the Spotify Global Chart on its first day of release, the first track ever to achieve this in Spotify history. ‘Drag Me Down’ scored the top spot on Spotify in 17 individual countries including the USA.

Overall ‘Drag Me Down’ has had 17.7 million streams to date globally.

The band shot the video for ‘Drag Me Down’ at NASA’s headquarters in Houston yesterday, directed by long term collaborators Fulwell 73.