Week Ending Feb. 3, 2013. Albums: Bieber Sets Teen Record
Justin Bieber this week becomes the first artist in chart history to land five #1 albums or EPs while still in his teens. The 18-year old achieves the feat as Believe Acoustic enters The Billboard 200 at #1. The album follows My World 2.0, the EP Never Say Never: The Remixes, Under The Mistletoe and Believe.
Miley Cyrus landed four #1 albums while still in her teens (counting Hannah Montana albums). She scored with Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout and the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack, all by age 16. In third place is Britney Spears, who landed three #1 albums while still in her teens. She scored with …Baby One More Time, Oops!...I Did It Again and Britney, all by age 19.
In addition, Bieber becomes the first Canadian artist in chart history to land five #1 albums. He surpasses Celine Dion and Neil Young, who have had four. Young scored with the 1972 classic Harvest and also with three albums with Crosby, Stills Nash & Young: Déjà vu, 4 Way Street and So Far. Michael Buble and Alanis Morissette are in third place among Canadian acts for the most #1 albums.
Bieber is the 36th artist to amass five or more #1 albums since the chart became a regular weekly feature in Billboard in March 1956. That’s pretty good for an artist who was unknown just four years ago.
Billboard’s Keith Caulfield adds an interesting nugget. Bieber is only the 10th artist in the history of The Billboard 200 to land a #1 album in four consecutive calendar years.
Believe Acoustic sold 211K copies in its first week. This is the heftiest tally for an album released in the month of January since Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now sold 481K copies in the week ending Jan. 31, 2010.
The tally for Believe Acoustic includes 158K digital copies, which it puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. That’s the biggest one-week digital tally in history for a teen act. Bieber broke his own record: Believe sold 139K digital copies in its first week. (Taylor Swift’s Fearless is in third place. It sold 129K digital copies in its debut week.)