Justin Bieber's 'Changes' debuts at number one on the USA album charts

Carla Harmon
February 27, 2020

In addition to topping the US Billboard 200 with almost a quarter-million in first-week American consumption, Justin Bieber's "Changes" attracted huge worldwide interest. "What does the King of Rock n Roll have in common with the 21st century King of Pop?"

The wintry scenes were shot by director Michael D. Ratner, and the film details some of the changes Bieber has gone through to get to his 26th birthday, which falls on Sunday, March 1.

In order to celebrate the record's arrival, the group launched a series of sold out events, immersive activations, and television appearances on Nickelodeon's All That, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and Today Show. New releases counted for 4 of the week's high 10 albums, with A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Tame Impala coming in in second and third place, and South Korea's Monsta X coming into at No. 7.

Aged 25 years old and 11 months, Justin is now the youngest act to claim seven chart-topping albums in America.


"Changes" also earns #1 in Bieber's native Canada. It debuted on February 14 at first place, and moved 231,000 units in its first week.

According to Nielsen Music, the album amassed the equivalent of 231,000 sales in the United States in the first week of its release, including 135 million streams and 126,000 physical copies.

The singer also took to social media to share a thank you note on achieving the feat.

Yummy failed to reach No. 1, however.


The musician has twice topped the chart with a Remix album Never Say Never: The Remixes (2011) and Believe Acoustic (2013). "Artist 2.0" was forward of Bieber in streams by 15 million - however the album nonetheless got here in at a distant No. 2 due to nearly non-existent full-album gross sales (2,400) and music gross sales (8,000).

Streaming holds significant weight in Billboard's chart formula, a system the magazine has been tweaking since first including streaming data in 2014. Chart position previously relied exclusively on sales. Tasson said, that's something they can use to their advantage.

Thus, Bieber broke the record of Elvis Presley, established 59 years ago.


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