The exciting chart battles between global A-listers releasing new music has played out the first round in the United Kingdom today, as British charts are updated Fridays. Canadian and U.S. charts are refreshed on Tuesdays, so we will have to wait for a few days on those. Chart battles are not to be taken too seriously, as they look only at indicators of the popularity of recordings relative to each other through one week. Many buy music from multiple artists involved. But if treated in a lighthearted way, they can be fun.
The good news for Canada’s Justin Bieber is that he has dethroned Adele on the British Singles chart, as his “Sorry” supplants her “Hello” to take the top spot. “Hello” slips to #2. “Love Yourself” off Bieber’s newly released album Purpose debuts at #3. The Biebs co-wrote the track with Britain’s Ed Sheeran. But perhaps the biggest news of all is that Justin Bieber has broken the record for the most simultaneous songs in the UK Top 40 from a living artist. This week he has eight of them!
The bad news for Justin is that he lost out to One Direction on the British Albums chart, as the band’s Made in the AM debuts at #1, while Bieber’s Purpose lands at #2.
Justin Bieber recently had fun with personality James Corden in his popular Carpool Karaoke sketch, singing Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” and picking out clothes for each other while dodging the paparazzi. See the video below.