If Justin Bieber’s Believe Acoustic reaches No. 1 on the Billboard 200, it will mark two historic achievements for the singer/songwriter.
First, he’ll be the only artist in history to have five No. 1 albums before turning 19. Presently, both he and Miley Cyrus are tied with four chart-toppers at such a young age. Cyrus, now 20, logged her so-far quartet of No. 1s between 2006 and 2009. Her last No. 1–the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack–hit the top of the chart dated May 2, 2009, when she was 16 years and five months old.
Second, Bieber may become just the 10th act to score a No. 1 album in four consecutive years.
In 2010, he topped the list with My World 2.0 and followed that in 2011 with Never Say Never: The Remixes (EP) and Under the Mistletoe. Last year, he debuted at No. 1 with Believe.
Jay-Z has the longest streak of consecutive years with No. 1 albums-seven. Between 1998 and 2004, he tallied at least one chart-topper. In 2004, he doubled up, scoring leaders with both Unfinished Business (with R. Kelly) and MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course (with Linkin Park).
Aside from Jay-Z, the other acts with No. 1 albums in four (or more) years in a row are: the Beatles (six years, 1965-70) Paul McCartney/Wings (five, 1973-77), Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (four, 1965-68), Garth Brooks (four, 1991-94), Chicago (four, 1972-75), Elton John (four, 1972-75), the Rolling Stones (four, 1971-74) and Cyrus (four, 2006-09).