After 10 weeks of domination by the nation singer-songwriter Morgan Wallen, the Billboard album chart has a recent champion: Justin Bieber.
Bieber’s new album, “Justice,” opened at No. 1 with the equal of 154,000 gross sales within the United States, together with 157 million streams and 30,000 copies offered as a whole package deal, in line with MRC Data, Billboard’s monitoring service. It is Bieber’s eighth time within the prime spot; at 27, he’s the youngest solo artist to attain that feat. (Elvis Presley was rounding 30 by the point his “Roustabout” soundtrack topped the chart, in early 1965. The members of the Beatles had been all 26 or youthful when “Yesterday and Today” turned their eighth No. 1, in 1966.)
Bieber additionally takes the highest spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Peaches,” the fifth single from “Justice,” after an extended advertising marketing campaign that started in September.
The No. 2 album this week can also be new: Lana Del Rey’s long-awaited “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” debuted with the equal of 75,000 gross sales.
Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album,” which got here out in early January, turned a streaming blockbuster — nonetheless a rarity amongst nation releases — and has dominated the chart ever since, surviving an industry rebuke after Wallen was caught on video utilizing a racial slur. Wallen held on by means of a mix of fan loyalty and an absence of significant competitors. This week, “Dangerous” falls to No. 3.
The arrival of recent albums by two boldface-name artists heralds a change on the chart, and the return of a extra aggressive launch schedule. Many artists held off from releasing new music over the winter, partly over uncertainty about this 12 months’s touring prospects. But with a return of concert events wanting extra probably this summer time or fall, albums are starting to flood the market. New titles from Carrie Underwood and the rapper NF are already out, to be adopted quickly by releases from Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift and plenty of others.
Also on the album chart this week, Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” is No. four and Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” is No. 5.