Justin Bieber First Canadian with 3 UK Number Ones

Justin Bieber has become the first Canadian artist in history to score three number one hits in the United Kingdom. What’s more, he accomplished it in the same year, 2015. Previously, the only Canadian to place more than one single at the top of the British charts was Céline Dion, thanks to “Think Twice” and “My Heart Will Go On”. While in Canada, British singer Adele’s “Hello” has anchored itself at the crown, preventing Bieber’s “Sorry” and “Love Yourself” from topping the charts, those two tracks have reached number one in the UK. Earlier in Britain, as in many other countries, Justin’s “What Do You Mean” reached the top.

The Atlantic has proven to be a tough divide for Canadian hits to dazzle the masses in Britain. Bieber is only the 10th Canadian artist in history to score a #1 smash in the UK, the others being Paul Anka (“Diana”, 1957), Terry Jacks (“Seasons in the Sun”, 1974), Bryan Adams (“I Do It For You”, 1991), the aforementioned Céline Dion (“Think Twice”, 1995 and “My Heart Will Go On”, 1998), Nelly Furtado (“Maneater”, 2006), Carly Rae Jepsen (“Call Me Maybe”, 2012), Robin Thicke (“Blurred Lines”, 2013), Kiesza (“Hideaway”, 2014), and MAGIC! (“Rude”, 2014). Three additional Canadian artists reached the top via a collaboration: Andy Kim by way of outfit The Archies (“Sugar Sugar”, 1969), Drake featured with Rihanna (“What’s My Name”, 2011), and DVBBS with Borgeous and Tinie Tempah (“Tsunami Jump”, 2014). Moreover, Bryan Adams reached #1 via his feature with Chicane (“Don’t Give Up”, 2000) and Nelly Furtado with Timbaland (“Give It To Me”, 2007).

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