Justin Bieber Beats One Direction to the Top Down Under
Bieber’s fourth studio set Purpose (Def Jam/Universal) opens in the top spot on the ARIA Albums Chart, giving the Canadian pop star his third No. 1 Down Under following My Worlds (May 2010) and Believe (June 2012).
The singer supported his new set with a promotional visit to Sydney and Melbourne, and his album has spawned eight top 50 tracks, including the former No. 1 "What Do You Mean" and No. 2 "Sorry."
Bieber’s big week means One Direction and their album Made in the A.M. (Syco/Sony) will have to settle for second best. It’s a position the British and Irish pop group isn’t familiar with. Each of 1D’s previous four albums opened at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
With its streak ended, the pop outfit will have to wait another week for another crack at the top spot. But the challenge for No. 1 won’t get any easier. Adele’s new release 25 is almost certain to blow every other recording out of its way.
Rounding out this week’s top five are If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RCA/Sony), which drops 1-3, Ed Sheeran's X (Warner), which improves 13-4 ahead of his stadium tour of these parts, and Kerser’s Next Step (Warner), which bows at No. 5.
In a bumper week for new releases, Kylie Minogue’s stocking filler Kylie Christmas (Parlophone/Warner), her thirteenth studio set, starts at No. 7, while newcomer Conrad Sewell arrives at No. 9 with All I Know (Warner), the local singer songwriter’s first appearance on the albums chart. Sewell's six-track EP includes the single "Start Again," which topped the singles chart in June.
On the ARIA’s Singles Chart, Adele’s "Hello" (Remote Control/Inertia) starts its fourth week at No. 1. Adele’s comeback smash has held off a pair of Bieber songs, with “Sorry” at No. 2 for a fourth week and "Love Yourself" (written with Sheeran) debuting at No. 3. Also, “What Do You Mean?” rises 9-7 this week, giving Bieber three tracks in the top 10 -- a first for him in Australia. The pop star also achieves the rare feat of landing 11 tracks from his album inside the Top 100. "Sorry" is Bieber’s fifth top five on the ARIA chart.