Justin Bieber’s brand new studio album Purpose (released November 13th), propelled by back-to-back smash hit singles What Do You Mean and Sorry, has officially become the biggest debut of 2015, entering the Billboard 200 album chart at #1 on first week adjusted sales of 649,000 copies, it was announced today by Steve Bartels, CEO, Def Jam Recordings. It’s Justin’s sixth album to debut at #1, and the highest one-week sales tally of his career.
“This truly historic opening is a testament to the incredible depth of Purpose and all of Justin’s hard work and creativity,” said Steve Bartels. “When you have incredible artistry, culture-defining hit music that can travel the globe, and an unparalleled synergy of delivery and execution between Def Jam and the SB Projects Team, you can set goals and surpass them. Congratulations to Justin Bieber on this massive accomplishment; this one will go down in history as not only a great team win, but a true artistic achievement and the first step in the next chapter of Justin’s incredible journey.”
The album shattered the global Spotify record for most album streams in one week, with over 200 million plays. Around the world, the record hit #1 on iTunes over 100 countries, as What Do You Mean, Love Yourself and Sorry hold strong inside the U.S. iTunes Top 10. Bieber stormed the UK singles charts on Friday with three singles in the top five, a feat no other artist has managed since John Lennon, posthumously, in 1981. Sorry, Love yourself and What do you mean took first, third and fifth place.
The new album’s success is underscored by the announcement of the North American leg of Justin’s “PURPOSE World Tour 2016,” opening March 9th at KeyArena in Seattle. The 50+ city, 58-date tour, promoted by AEG Live, will bring Bieber’s dynamic live show to U.S. cities including Denver, Las Vegas, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston and Miami, as well as throughout Eastern and Western Canada. There will be two-night runs at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Staples Center in Los Angeles, Chicago’s Allstate Arena, and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The North American leg of the Purpose World Tour will conclude on July 18, 2016, at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.
Last Saturday, following the Friday release of the album, VEVO began an hourly schedule of premiering each brand new video that was produced for each song on the album. Shown in sequence (with live links to view each video), they are: Mark My Words, I’ll Show You, What Do You Mean, Love Yourself, Company, No Pressure featuring Big Sean, No Sense, The Feeling featuring Halsey, Life Is Worth Living, Where Are Ü Now (with Skrillex & Diplo), Children, and Purpose.