Some kids graduate high school at 14, or become doctors while their peers are still attending frat parties.
But, according to Billboard, no one else can say they’ve landed five #1 albums before the age of 19. Justin Bieber will score that rare triumph next week when Believe Acoustic debuts atop the Billboard 200 chart on sales of 211,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Label Island Def Jam Music Group also noted that the debut makes Bieber just the 10th act in history to have a #1 album in four consecutive years, even as his latest hits the #1 spot on iTunes in more than 63 countries. (He actually broke a tie with Miley Cyrus with his latest feat, since she had four #1s before she turned 19 and Bieber doesn’t hit that milestone until March 1.) Bieber will celebrate his triumph on Saturday, when he’s the guest host and music artist on “Saturday Night Live.”
Elsewhere in the top 10, Canadian sister act Tegan and Sara scored their career best debut with the more pop-oriented Heartthrob, which moved 49,000 units. Further down the line, former “American Idol” rocker Colton Dixon came in at #15 with his debut, A Messenger (22,000).
The smash Super Bowl halftime show reunion will likely goose numbers next week, but in its first go-round for the Destiny’s Child hits collection, Love Songs, had a soft landing, coming in at #72 on sales of less than 6,000. The group’s catalog had a major jump on iTunes and other digital services after Sunday’s performance and experts predict the real chart impact will come next week.
And it might be a short trip to the top next week for Bieber, as new faces will include the latest from popera singer Josh Groban, the latest in the Now series and a new album from Tim McGraw.
Bieber Rules Billboard 200 top 10
1) Justin Bieber, Believe Acoustic
2) Andrea Bocelli, Passione
3) Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob
4) Charlie Wilson, Love, Charlie
5) “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack
6) Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
7) Mumford & Sons, Babel
8) Gary Allan, Set You Free
9) Lumineers, self-titled
10) Taylor Swift, Red
The iTunes digital sales chart reflected the continued success of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s breakthrough hit, “Thrift Shop,” which held on at #1, while the rest of the tally looked pretty similar to last week. will.i.am and Britney Spears were at #2 with, “Scream & Shout,” followed by Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” retiring EDM superstars Swedish House Mafia with “Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit),” the Lumineers’ smash “Ho Hey” and Lil Wayne’s “Love Me.”
Bruno Mars landed a rare double play with new single “When I Was Your Man” at #7 and “Locked Out of Heaven” at #8, ahead of Maroon 5’s “Daylight” and Justin Timberlake’s comeback single, “Suit & Tie.” This week also marked a high-water mark for the iTunes store, which reported that its 25 billionth song was downloaded this week.
Billboard Digital Songs Chart
1) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop” (381,00 downloads)
2) will.i.am, “Scream & Shout” (170,000)
3) Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble” (162,000)
4) Swedish House Mafia, “Don’t You Worry Child” (122,00)
5) Lumineers, “Ho Hey” (118,000)
6) Lil Wayne, “Love Me” (109,000)
7) Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man” (105,000)
8) Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven” (105,000)
9) Justin Bieber, “Beauty and a Beat” (104,000)
10) Maroon 5, “Daylight” (95,000)