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Justin Bieber Tops Pop Songs Chart With ‘Sorry’

Bieber scores his second leader on the airplay list, following prior single "What Do You Mean?"

Justin Bieber notches his second No. 1 on Billboard‘s top 40 radio-based Pop Songs airplay chart (dated Jan. 2, 2016), as “Sorry” rises 2-1. The song follows prior single “What Do You Mean?,” which became his first No. 1 on the ranking, for two weeks in October.

“Sorry” dethrones Adele‘s “Hello” after four weeks atop Pop Songs.

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“Mean” 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. “Sorry” has so far reached No. 2 on the Hot 100. Check back later today to see where the song ranks on the latest Hot 100, which “Hello” has led for seven weeks. All charts will update tomorrow (Dec. 22) on Billboard.com.


Bieber has tallied three Pop Songs top 10s in a row, as, ahead of “Mean” and “Sorry,” “Where Are U Now” (with Skrillex and Diplo) began the run, reaching No. 6 in September. All three songs are on Bieber’s album Purpose, which debuted as his sixth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated Dec. 5) and has become his fifth set to sell at least 1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. The set’s new single, “Love Yourself” (co-written by Ed Sheeran), is already zooming up Pop Songs, bounding 26-20 in its third week on the chart and winning Greatest Gainer honors for its 90 percent increase in plays.