Album Review: ‘Purpose’ Is Justin Bieber’s Spiritual Party-Starter

22 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bieber tops British singles charts.

“Purpose,” the Canadian pop star’s first album in three years, was streamed 205 million times since its release a week earlier, with 77 million of the streams in the United States.

Justin Bieber and One Direction might be embroiled in the tween album sales rivalry of the year, but both acts came out ahead on Spotify — Bieber’s “Purpose” and 1D’s “Made in the A.M.” each topped the streaming service’s previous record for most streams in first week of release.Justin Bieber stormed the British singles charts on Friday with three singles from his new album in the top five, a feat no other artist has managed since John Lennon, posthumously, in 1981.

Spotify announced the record the same day that English singer Adele released her hotly anticipated “25,” which the music industry expects to be the best-selling album in years. Streaming companies, led by Swedish site Spotify, have rapidly grown in size in recent years, although some artists have voiced concern at their level of compensation. One Direction saw about half that action; the U.K.-based quartet’s fifth studio album was streamed 106 million times globally, according to Billboard.

The devoted efforts of the superstars’ fan armies led the young men to top the record previously held by the Weeknd, whose “Beauty Behind the Madness” had notched 90 million streams in its first week earlier this year. Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ was top, ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ was third and ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ fifth in January 1981, the month after he was shot dead in New York.

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