On the Charts: Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ Crushes One Direction

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bieber album smashes Spotify record.

NEW YORK • Justin Bieber’s new album, Purpose, has smashed the record in the first week streaming on Spotify, the online music service said last Friday.A near-record eight debuts arrive in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Dec. 5), led by Justin Bieber’s Purpose at No. 1 and One Direction’s Made in the A.M. at No. 2.“His album is so honest to who he is right now,” he told NME. “He’s still a pop star making pop music, but at the same time, all the stuff I worked on with him had a sense of honesty about it. 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.

I’m not saying he wasn’t honest before, but when you listen to his lyrics, you can tell he is becoming an adult.” Skrillex and his frequent musical collaborator Diplo teamed up with Justin before, as the 21 year old pop star featured on their song Where Are Ü Now, which was released to the public in February 2015 under the electronic duo’s collaborative alias Jack Ü. “If you hear something that inspires you musically, you just want to be a part of it,” he explained. “I heard some well-written songs that were really good that they wanted me to do production on and from there, we wrote some new songs. Spotify announced the achievement the same day that British singer Adele released her hotly anticipated 25, which the music industry expects to be the best-selling album in years. It was an opportunity to try some stuff that I had never done before and we ended up making something really unique.” “I think he’s starting to grapple with the fact that he’s a role model for a generation,” he said of Justin. “I can’t speak for him, but I think he wants to be able to spread a positive message for young people.” The new set launches with 459,000 in equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music (of which 402,000 are in pure album sales).

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