Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ breaks Spotify records

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Justin Bieber Is Still a Brat.

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. One Direction have scored the fastest-selling album of 2015 and a UK number one with ‘Made In The AM’, while Justin Bieber’s new release ‘Purpose’ also topped all the year’s previous first-week sales. ‘Made In The AM’ sold 93,189 copies in the UK over the past week, topping Noel Gallagher’s ‘Chasing Yesterday’ for sales in its first week of release.

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. After playing second fiddle to Adele’s Hello for the last three weeks, Justin shifted an impressive 104,000 combined chart sales to claim this week’s top spot – including a massive 5.35 million streams. Notching up over 93,000 sales, this is the group’s fourth UK No. 1 having previously scored the top place in 2012 with Take Me Home, in 2013 with Midnight Memories and in 2014 with Four. They achieved first-week chart sales of 93,189 to ensure their fifth studio album beat the record previously held by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds long-player, Chasing Yesterday.

Once a lowly pre-pubescent teenybop fantasy, the Canadian cotton swab has been raised on a healthy diet of Hood By Air, smart management, and doing less stupid shit. And once they hear it, I feel like they will understand me a little bit more, and they’ll understand why I did what I did, and why I left the band, and why I had to write this shit down. This three-part plan has seamlessly resurrected Bieber’s career, as evidenced by Justin’s literal resurrection at the 2015 VMAs, where the 21-year-old crooner performed, levitated, and then cried because he was so proud of himself. Because for five—not even for five years, for ten years, this album has been in my brain, and it’s just been there, sat with me, needing to be out.” Justin Bieber, meanwhile, featured on NME’s cover recently, and released videos for every track on ‘Purpose’ earlier this week.

Because of an astute tactical decision to set the bar really, really low—we’re talking about a household name who decided to hotbox his own private jet—Bieber has been picking up kind words, accolades, and cookies left and right for his recent string of high-profile successes. I’m referring to “Where Are Ü Now,” a track so relevant, and so inexplicably good, that someone even thought to tell The New York Times about it. With this Diplo and Skrillex collaboration, Bieber officially debuted his new adult sound, which happens to sound a lot like Justin Bieber just dropped his voice an octave and gained a pirated copy of GarageBand Pro.

When not auditioning for the We Are Your Friends 2 soundtrack, Bieber quietly found the time to mix some other addictive tracks. “What Do You Mean?,” an ode to Justin Bieber’s inability to understand women, wins the Robin Thicke Award for catchy No. 1 Billboard single with undeniably rapey undertones. Meanwhile “Sorry” is the logical evolution of Bieber’s breakout “Boyfriend”—by flippantly apologizing for the millionth time for various personality deficiencies that he has no intention of addressing, Bieber is finally delivering an authentic faux-boyfriend experience to his devoted fans. Any teen singer-bot can promise the ladies love and devotion, but Bieber is the first to have cracked the code of what a woman really wants: a swaggering man-child who won’t text you back because he’s been in the studio with Skrillex all day, but yeah he’s sorry or something, OK? With his platinum-dyed hair, vaguely sympathetic/much-improved public persona (hey, at least he stopped peeing in buckets?), and objectively good new album, Bieber’s comeback is basically Drake’s new body raised to the power of Missy Elliott’s new single.

Not to mention, his acoustic rendition of “Sorry” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show led a nation’s worth of moms to finally learn how to use the pause and rewind remote buttons. And while Bieber’s reinvention is barreling full speed ahead, it’s easy to forget that an i-D cover and three hit singles does not a mature, independent artist make. In advance of his Tuesday morning Today show appearance, Bieber allegedly requested a dressing room as far away as possible from fellow guest Charlie Sheen. Sheen appeared on the show in order to publicly announce his HIV diagnosis, though we can’t say whether Bieber’s distaste stemmed from some sort of problematic, pseudo-medical concern or a pre-existing beef.

Come on, I said stop it!,” he put his foot down, exclaiming, “Never mind, I’m done—I’m not doing the show.” In an Instagram apology, Bieber displayed his newfound penchant for sort of saying sorry, explaining, “I don’t always handle things the right way but I’m human and I’m working on getting better at responding not reacting.” Bieber also committed quite the faux pas in the wake of his nude photo scandal. When Bette Midler tweeted a condemnation of Jeremy Bieber’s boastful, creepy tweet about his own son’s little Biebs, Justin wasn’t about that negativity. Speaking of people you don’t want to piss off, Bieber got on UFC champion Ronda Rousey’s bad side a few months ago when he refused to take a picture with her little sister.

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