Justin Bieber Nabs Year’s Biggest Chart Debut With Believe

Bieber’s latest sold more than 374,000 copies in its first week, edging Madonna’s MDNA to claim the title of year’s biggest bow.

By James Montgomery

<P>Most <a href="/news/articles/1687988/justin-bieber-believe-album-sales.jhtml">predicted it</a>, and now it's official: <b>Justin Bieber</b>'s <i>Believe</i> scored the year's biggest chart debut, selling more than 374,000 copies and blasting the competition on the <i>Billboard</i> Top 200.</P><P><i>Believe</i> — Bieber's fourth album to debut at #1 — slightly edged Madonna's <i>MDNA,</i> which sold 359,000 copies when it was released in late March, to claim the title of year's biggest bow, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's also the best first-week number <i>any</i> album has posted since Adele's <i>21</i> rode a <a href="/news/articles/1679279/adele-grammy-awards-2012.jhtml">post-Grammy surge</a> to sales of more than 729,000 copies in February.</P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="'Bieber Live'" id="id:1687833" width="415" height="255"></div><p></P><P>Bieber's album also sold nearly twice the copies as its closest competition, <b>Kenny Chesney</b>'s <i>Welcome to the Fishbowl,</i> which opens at #2 on the chart with an impressive 193,000 copies in its first week of release. Usually that number is <i>more</i> than enough to take #1, but not this week. <b>Fiona Apple</b>'s first album in seven years, <a href="/news/articles/1686557/fiona-apple-idler-wheel-btts.jhtml"><i>The Idler Wheel,</i></a> debuts at #3, selling nearly 72,000 copies, followed by another returning alt icon, the <b>Smashing Pumpkins</b>, who sold more than 53,000 copies of their <a href="/news/articles/1687831/smashing-pumpkins-oceania-billy-corgan.jhtml"><i>Oceania</i></a> to take #4. The "Rock of Ages" soundtrack rounds out the top five, selling nearly 49,000 copies.</P><P><a href="/news/articles/1687847/usher-billboard-looking-4-myself.jhtml">Usher, last week's chart champ</a> (and Bieber's mentor), is in at #6 with his <i>Looking 4 Myself</i> album, which sold 48,000 copies in its second week. <b>Adele</b>'s aforementioned <i>21</i> lands at #7 (more than 47,000 copies sold), followed by <b>One Direction</b>'s <i>Up All Night</i> (more than 41,000 sold) and <b>Luke Bryan</b>'s <i>Tailgates &amp; Tanlines</i> (nearly 28,000 sold). <b>Rush</b>'s <i>Clockwork Angels</i> closes out the top 10, selling nearly 27,000 copies.</P><P>Other debuts on the chart include the <b>Dirty Heads</b>' <i>Cabin by the Sea,</i> which opens at #18 with sales of nearly 18,000 copies, "Once" star <b>Glen Hansard</b>'s <i>Rhythm and Repose</i> (#21, more than 16,000 copies sold) and the soundtrack to Pixar's "Brave," which bows at #33, with sales of nearly 12,000 copies.</P><P>And while the story of this week's <i>Billboard</i> chart is unquestionably Bieber, next week could be a different story. He'll face challenges from both <b>Linkin Park</b>'s <a href="/news/articles/1688422/linkin-park-living-things.jhtml"><i>LIVING THINGS</i></a> and <b>Maroon 5</b>'s <a href="/news/articles/1688438/maroon-5-overexposed.jhtml"><i>Overexposed,</i></a> both of which could make his reign a short-lived one. Can Bieber make it two weeks in a row atop the charts? We'll just have to wait and see.</p>

Related Photos

Related Artists

Dido Diora Baird Dita Von Teese Dominique Swain Donna Feldman

Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.