Justin Bieber’s Victorious Billboard Chart Week By the Numbers
Bieber earned so many achievements this week, let's round them up in one handy post.
If Bieber Fever were a condition officially recognized by the American Medical Association, there’s a chance that much of the country would need to be quarantined this week.
As Justin Bieber’s new single “What Do You Mean?” soars in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (on the chart dated Sept. 19), let’s run down his historic week on a host of Billboard charts, in an all-encompassing post.
As the star marveled on Instagram following his Hot 100 bow (more than six years after his first entry), “Looks like we did it! Finally!”
- Bieber celebrates his first No. 1 song on the Hot 100, as “What Do You Mean?” rockets in at the summit. He had previously ranked as high as No. 2 on the Hot 100 with “Boyfriend” in 2012.
- “Mean” is just the 23rd song ever to begin at No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 57-year history.
- Bieber is the youngest male artist ever to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
- “Mean” also debuts at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Digital Songs chart, with 337,000 downloads sold in the week ending Sept. 3, according to Nielsen Music, following its Aug. 28 release. It’s his second Digital Songs No. 1, following “Boyfriend.”
- “Mean” opens at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Streaming Songs chart with 23.2 million U.S. streams. Its official lyric video premiered Aug. 28, while its official proper clip arrived late on Aug. 30, the same night that Bieber performed the song on the MTV Video Music Awards.
- “Mean” debuts on Billboard‘s Radio Songs chart at No. 28 with 42 million in radio audience. On Pop Songs, which measures airplay on mainstream top 40 radio, his home format, the track ranks at No. 16, adding Greatest Gainer honors.
- Bieber lands his first No. 1 Hot 100 credits as a producer and writer. He co-produced “Mean” with Mason “MdL” Levy and co-wrote it with Levy and Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd.
- As “Mean” opens atop the Hot 100, Bieber bookends the top 10: “Where Are U Now,” by Skrillex and Diplo with Bieber (which rose to No. 8 in July), rebounds 13-10. That gives Bieber concurrent top 10s on the Hot 100 for the first time.
- He remains king of Billboard‘s Social 50 chart (which measures fan activity across a host of social platforms): he spends a record-extending 112th week at No. 1 on the Social 50. With the chart having begun nearly five years ago, he’s led the list almost half the time in that span.
- “Mean” tallies a second week atop the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart. Reflecting the high anticipation for the song, buoyed by a month-long social blitz by Bieber, the song first charted on the survey five weeks ago… ahead of its release and before Beliebers had even heard it.
With Bieber’s as-yet-untitled new studio album due Nov. 13, beware: Bieber Fever likely isn’t dying down anytime soon — much to the delight of happily afflicted fans.