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Justin Bieber’s Best-Selling Albums & Most-Streamed Songs: Ask Billboard Mailbag

Plus, Mariah Carey's "Christmas" presence.

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With Justin Bieber about to roar into the ’20s with new single “Yummy,” due Jan. 3, along with a forthcoming docu-series and 45 announced North American tour dates, let’s look at his lofty career U.S. sales and streams, according to Nielsen Music.


Best-Selling Albums

3.37 million, My World 2.0; 2.1 million, My World (EP); 1.9 million, Purpose; 1.66 million, Believe; 1.55 million, Under the Mistletoe; 946,000, Never Say Never: The Remixes (EP); 841,000, My Worlds Acoustic; 423,000, Believe: Acoustic

Bieber’s career U.S. album sales: 12.8 million.

Most-Streamed (on-demand) Songs

837 million, “Despacito” (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Bieber); 692 million, “Love Yourself”; 495 million, “Sorry”; 469 million, “I Don’t Care” (Ed Sheeran & Bieber); 375 million, “I’m the One” (DJ Khaled feat. Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne)

358 million, “Baby” (feat. Ludacris); 287 million, “Let Me Love You” (DJ Snake feat. Bieber); 274 million, “Beauty and a Beat” (feat. Nicki Minaj); 202 million, “10,000 Hours” (Dan + Shay & Bieber); 183 million, “Boyfriend”

If “Yummy” arrives, as expected, on Jan. 3, its first full week of data tracking will run through Jan. 9, likely setting up the Billboard Hot 100 dated Jan. 18 as the chart on which it will make its first full impact. If so, Beliebers, set a reminder to check out on Monday, Jan. 13, when highlights of that week’s Hot 100 are likely to be revealed.

19 FOR ’19

Dear Gary,

With 2019 coming to an end, it is fitting that it will be known as the year that Lil Nas X topped the Hot 100 with “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, for a record 19 weeks and Mariah Carey achieved her 19th Hot 100 No. 1 with “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” extending her record for the most among soloists.

Happy new year!

Jesper Tan
Subang Jaya, Malaysia

Happy new year to you, too, Jesper!

As Carey’s “Christmas” spends a second week atop the Hot 100, it extends yet another record: the carol becomes her 17th No. 1 to have led the chart for more than a single week. The Beatles follow with 15 songs that have spent multiple weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, followed by Rihanna, with 10.

Here’s a look at Carey’s 17 No. 1s that have topped the Hot 100 for multiple frames, of her 19 total leaders: 16 weeks at No. 1, “One Sweet Day” (with Boyz II Men), 1995-96 / 14, “We Belong Together,” 2005 / 8, “Fantasy,” 1995; “Dreamlover,” 1993 / 4, “Hero,” 1993-94; “Vision of Love,” 1990 / 3, “Honey,” 1997; “Emotions,” 1991; “Love Takes Time,” 1990 / 2, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” 2019; “Touch My Body,” 2008; “Don’t Forget About Us,” 2005-06; “Heartbreaker” (feat. Jay-Z), 1999; “Always Be My Baby,” 1996; “I’ll Be There,” 1992; “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” 1991; “Someday,” 1991.

Carey’s other two Hot 100 No. 1s each spent a week at the top: “My All,” in 1998, and “Thank God I Found You” (featuring Joe and 98 Degrees), in 2000.

Carey’s 17 multi-week Hot 100 leaders contribute to her record 81 cumulative frames logged at No. 1. Rihanna ranks second with 60 weeks in charge, followed by The Beatles, with 59.

Among artists with the most No. 1s overall, The Beatles lead with 20, followed by Carey (19) and Rihanna (14).


Meanwhile, moving from 2019 to 2020 … if “Christmas” is No. 1 on the Hot 100 for a third week next week, on the chart dated Jan. 4, 2020, Carey will become the first artist with Hot 100 leaders in four decades (the ’90s, ’00s, ’10s and ’20s). She’s already the fourth artist with No. 1s in the ’90s, ’00s and ’10s.

As for all acts with No. 1s in each of three decades overall? Let’s look at all the artists with that rarified longevity:

’60s, ’70s, ’80s: Stevie Wonder
’70s, ’80s, ’90s: Michael Jackson, Elton John
’80s, ’90s, ’00s: Janet Jackson, Madonna
’90s, ’00s, ’10s: Carey, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Usher

Among honorable mentions, if we were to combine The Beatles with solo members’ success, George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney all spent time at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Plus, mixing The Supremes and Diana Ross solo, Ross likewise led in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Similarly, merging Sonny & Cher and Cher, the legend reigned in the ’60s, ’70s and ’90s, and Beyoncé achieved No. 1s in the ’00s and ’10s after Destiny’s Child did so in the ’90s (and ’00s).


Five other iconic acts have just missed topping the Hot 100 in three distinct decades by a single rank: Elvis Presley crowned the chart in the ’50s and ’60s, before “Burning Love” marked his highpoint for the ’70s, reaching No. 2 in 1972; The Rolling Stones led in the ’60s and ’70s, while “Start Me Up” hit No. 2 in 1981; Aretha Franklin reigned in the ’60s and ’80s, with “Spanish Harlem” having reached No. 2 in 1971; and Dionne Warwick dominated in the ’70s and ’80s, after “(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls” rose to No. 2 in 1968. Also in that exclusive company is an artist who could still bank No. 1s in three decades: Jay-Z, who led in the ’90s and ’00s and hit a No. 2 high in the ’10s via his featured turn on wife Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” in 2014.

Plus, as a writer, we can shout out another renowned talent: Neil Diamond‘s name appeared at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The Monkees took his “I’m a Believer” to the top in 1966-67; he notched three No. 1s of his own in the ’70s; and, fittingly as we get ready to toast a new decade, UB40 led in 1988 with “Red Red Wine.”