Justin Bieber celebrates his first No. 1 on Billboard‘s top 40 radio-based Pop Songs airplay chart (dated Oct. 24), as “What Do You Mean?” rises 3-1. The single likewise became Bieber’s first leader on the all-format airplay/sales/streaming-based Billboard Hot 100 upon its Sept. 19 debut at No. 1.
(Check back later today to see where the song ranks on the latest Hot 100.)
Bieber had previously peaked as high as No. 2 on Pop Songs with “Beauty and a Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj, in 2013. He’s notched five top 10s on the Nielsen Music-measured ranking dating to his 2009 debut. He tallied his prior Pop Songs top 10, “Where Are U Now” (with Skrillex and Diplo), which reached No. 6 in September.
“Mean,” which earns Greatest Gainer honors on Pop Songs for a second straight week, is the lead single from Bieber’s Nov. 13 studio album, Purpose. “Radio’s going to embrace [the song] in a big way,” Sharon Dastur, iHeartMedia senior vp of programming integration, correctly predicted in August. “He’s gotten back into the good graces of people, not only from [‘Where Are U Now’], but from the way he’s basically said, ‘Hey, I’ve been growing up.’ “
Simply put, it “is a great pop song,” says WBLI Nassau, N.Y. program director Jeremy Rice.
All charts will update tomorrow (Oct. 13) on Billboard.com.