‘Believe’ in Justin Bieber’s Chart Topping Power

Another day, another dollar for Justin Bieber, 18. The Canadian teen sensation, who was discovered on YouTube and mentored by Usher, scored his fourth number one album on the Billboard 20o with Believe. The record sold 374,000 copies in its first week, better than Madonna’s MDNA, which had the previous debut prior to Bieber’s domination, with 359,000 copies.

Bieber’s three previous number one albums were Under the Mistletoe, Never Say Never: The Remixes and My World 2.0. Believe’s lead single, “Boyfriend” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Country star Kenny Chesney came in second place with his album Welcome to the Fishbowl which moved 193,000 copies. It sold better than his previous album Hemingway’s Whiskey in 2010, which bowed with 183,000 copies.

Fiona Apple re-entered the music scene from a long absence with The Idler Wheel which sold 72,000, giving it enough to score third place. Wheel is Apple’s highest charting album.

The Smashing Pumpkins came in fourth place with Oceania. The top ten albums on the Billboard 200 are listed below:

1. Believe- Justin Bieber

2. Welcome to the Fish Bowl- Kenny Chesney

3. The Idler Wheel…-Fiona Apple

4. Oceania- The Smashing Pumpkins

5. Rock of Ages Soundtrack- Various Artists

6. Looking 4 Myself- Usher

7. 21- Adele

8. Up All Night- One Direction

9. Tailgates & Tanlines-Luke Bryan

10. Clockwork Angels- Rush


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About Brittany Tenpenny

Brittany Tenpenny has wanted to be a writer for as long as she could remember. Aside from brief fantasies of pop stardom and becoming the female Indiana Jones, Brittany was dead set on writing. She pursued her dream all through her academic career, becoming a staff writer for "The Argo" at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where she graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications. Last year, Brittany's fictional pieces were published in the e-book "A Calm Whisper."

Brittany is now a graduate student at Rowan University and is currently working on a novel.