Canadian pop star Justin Bieber edged British boy band One Direction in a conflict out to the very best of the United States Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, but his reign will likely be short lived as British vocalist Adele looks to break records along with her new release. It’s Bieber’s bestselling introduction in his career up to now.
Adele’s “25,” released on Friday, will not formally enter the Billboard charts until next week, but Billboard said Saturday that the record sold more than 900,000 copies on Apple Inc’s iTunes shop in its first day.
On the Digital Songs chart, which measures on-line download sales, Adele’s heartbreak ballad “Hello” held onto the top position with another 327,000 copies sold this week.
It is increasingly uncommon for an artist to top 1 million copies sold in the very first week as record sales have dropped dramatically as a result of rise in online streaming. Taylor Swift was the last artist to reach the landmark, with her “1989” record opening with 1.29 million last year.
Both One and Bieber Way establish new records that were flowing last week.
The boy band was Bieber, along with one of the top performances of the night and came away the big winners in the American Music Awards.
Eight new records debuted in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart. Rapper Logic’s “Incredible True Story” debuted at No. 3, rapper Jeezy’s “Church In These Roads” at No. 4 and country musician Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over” at No. 5.
Last week’s chart topper, “Traveller” by country musician Chris Stapleton, fell to No. 6 this week.
The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from record sales, tune sales (10 tunes equal one record) and flowing action (1,500 flows equal one record).