The pop sensation, Justin Bieber, who turned 18 in March, tops the Billboard chart for the fourth time after selling 374,000 copies of Believe, the year’s biggest debut, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It’s his best sales week, eclipsing the 291,000 copies logged by My World 2.0 for its second week in April 2010. And it nearly tripled sales of last week’s chart-topping Looking 4 Myself by Usher, Bieber’s mentor.
It’s not the year’s biggest week overall. That belongs to Adele’s 21, which sold 730,000 copies the week after her Grammy wins.
The heavily promoted Believe is the teen idol’s bid for adult status, though it’s uncertain if older fans are buying the album or Bieber’s reinvention.
“Boyfriend is his biggest single ever. People thought it would do well in sales, but radio made it a hit.” Keith Caulfield, Billboard’s associate director of charts reportedly said.