Week Ending June 17, 2012. Songs: Bieber Fever Builds
Justin Bieber's new album Believe is expected to sell in the 410K-440K range this week, which would be the year's heftiest first-week total by any album. It would be the strongest first-week tally since fellow Canadian artist Drake opened with sales of 631K copies of Take Care in November. This week's Hot 100 provides two indications of Bieber's strength. "Boyfriend" logs its 12th straight week in the top 10. That's twice as many weeks in the top 10 as Bieber's two previous top 10 hits combined. "Baby" (featuring Ludacris) spent five weeks in the top 10 in 2010. "Never Say Never" (Featuring Jaden Smith) spent one week in the top 10 in 2011.
Also, this is the third straight week that Bieber has had the top new entry on the Hot 100 with a "preview track" from the album. "As Long As You Love Me" (featuring Big Sean), debuts at #21 (Digital sales rank: #5, 168K). "All Around The World" (featuring Ludacris) bowed at #22 last week. "Die In Your Arms" opened at #17 two weeks ago.
This echoes the roll-out of preview tracks from Taylor Swift's 2010 album Speak Now. Swift had the week's top new entry on the Hot 100 four weeks in a row with "Speak Now" (#8 for the week ending Oct. 10), "Back To December" (#6 for the week ending Oct. 17), "Mean" (#11 for the week ending Oct. 24) and "Sparks Fly" (#17 for the week ending Oct. 31). The strategy worked: Speak Now sold 1,047,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 31, to enter The Billboard 200 at #1.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" tops the Hot 100 for the second week. It also tops Hot Digital Songs for the fifth week. Only one other song has had as many weeks at #1 on the digital chart so far this year. That's "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae, which was the nation's top-seller for seven weeks.
In addition, "Call Me Maybe" this week surpasses Avril Lavigne's 2007 smash "Girlfriend" to become the best-selling song in digital history by a female artist from Canada. "Call Me Maybe" has sold 3,553,000 copies. "Girlfriend" has sold 3,505,000. "Girlfriend" also reached #1 on the Hot 100, though it held the top spot for only one week.