Justin Bieber storms UK charts to equal John Lennon’s 1981 feat

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Justin Bieber Sells 620K “Purpose” with Cab Rides, Bundles; Adele Is One Third of Top 30.

LONDON 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. The Canadian singer’s singles “Sorry”, “Love yourself” and “What do you mean” took first, third and fifth place. “Sorry” pushed Adele’s “Hello” from the top spot it had occupied for three weeks. Imagine topped the chart, Happy Xmas (War Is Over) climbed to number three and (Just Like) Starting Over reached number five in the wake of the former Beatle’s death. 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.

But it was narrowly beaten to top position in the album chart by four-piece boy band One Direction’s “Made in the AM” which is now the fastest-selling album of 2015. 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. 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”.

Bieber’s label, DefJam, run by the gregarious and popular Steve Bartels, had three of the top four selling albums last week, and one more at number 10. DefJam also figures into the soon to be released Rihanna album “Anti,” which looks like it will go through Samsung and maybe stay off charts a la Jay Z’s last record, “Holy Grail.” Rihanna’s record is coming in December, hoping to penetrate Adele’s fortress at number 1.

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