Justin Bieber
11.22.2015

Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ Debuts at No. 1

Bieber is back on top. The singer earns his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Purpose.

According to Billboard, the set moved 649,000 equivalent album units in its first week, becoming the largest opening for an album since Billboard began tracking equivalent units in December 2014. It tops Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, which launched with 535,000 units.

Purpose put up 522,000 in sales, Bieber’s largest sales week ever. It surpasses 2012’s Believe, which sold 374,000 in its first week. Purpose is the biggest sales week for an album since Taylor Swift’s 1989 debuted with 1.29 million last year.

Bieber also scores his fifth consecutive No. 1 debut following 2013’s Believe: Acoustic, 2012’s Believe, 2011’s Under the Mistletoe, and 2011’s Never Say Never: The Remixes EP.

But Bieber’s rule won’t last long. Adele is set to storm the charts next week with 25, which is expected to shatter all records with 2.5 million copies in its first week.

Elsewhere, Logic’s The Incredible True Story also makes its debut at No. 3 with 135,000 units (118,000 in album sales). He previously peaked at No. 4 with his 2014 debut Under Pressure.

Not far behind is Jeezy’s Church in These Streets, which comes in at No. 4 with 107,000 units (98,000 in pure sales), becoming his seventh straight top 10 album.

Alessia Cara’s full-length debut Know-It-All, which features the hit “Here,” arrives at No. 9 with 36,000 units (22,000 in pure album sales).

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. Justin Bieber – Purpose – 649,000
2. One Direction – Made in the A.M. – 459,000
3. Logic – The Incredible True Story – 135,000
4. Jeezy – Church in These Streets – 107,000
5. Chris Young – I’m Comin’ Over – 65,000
6. Chris Stapleton – Traveller – 53,000
7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Letters From the Labyrinth – 46,000
8. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness – 43,000
9. Alessia Cara – Know-It-All – 36,000
10. Kirk Franklin – Losing My Religion – 35,000