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Justin Bieber Scores First Hot 100 No. 1 With Debut of ‘What Do You Mean?’

It's official, after a week of high anticipation: Bieber celebrates his first No. 1 on the Hot 100. The track is just the 23rd song ever to start at No. 1, launching with sales of 337,000 downloads…

It’s official, after a week of high anticipation: Justin Bieber celebrates his first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as new single “What Do You Mean?” rockets in at the summit.

The song is just the 23rd ever to begin at No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 57-year history. Bieber, 21, had previously ranked as high as No. 2 on the Hot 100 with “Boyfriend” in 2012.

“Mean” dethrones The Weeknd‘s “Can’t Feel My Face” after two nonconsecutive weeks atop the airplay, sales and streaming-based Hot 100 (dated Sept 19). (All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow, Sept. 9, instead of the usual Tuesday, due to the Labor Day holiday this week.)


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“Mean,” released on SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun/Def Jam, launches not only atop the Hot 100, but also the Digital Songs chart, where it’s Bieber’s second No. 1. “Mean” begins with 337,000 downloads sold in the week ending Sept. 3, according to Nielsen Music. Bieber first led the list with “Boyfriend,” which roared in atop Digital Songs (and at No. 2 on the Hot 100) on the chart dated April 14, 2012 with 521,000 sold. (Despite the higher sales of “Boyfriend” that week than “Mean” this week, “Boyfriend” was denied the Hot 100’s summit that frame by fun.’s “We Are Young” [featuring Janelle Monae], which sold a hefty 364,000 that week while also holding a wide airplay lead.)

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“Mean” additionally opens at No. 2 on the Streaming Songs chart with 23.2 million U.S. streams. It debuts at No. 1 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (10.1 million). The song’s official lyric video premiered Aug. 28, the first day of the latest Hot 100’s streaming tracking week, while its official proper clip arrived late on Aug. 30, the same night that Bieber performed the song on the MTV Video Music Awards.

Also aiding the high profile of “Mean,” beyond the VMAs, helping lead to its No. 1 Hot 100 bow: his Sept. 2 performance of it on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, among other national promotional appearances. And, of course, he performed Aug. 23 at the inaugural Hot 100 Music Festival on the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater stage in Wantagh, N.Y.

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Another key piece of the shining start for “Mean”: with more than 67 million Twitter followers, Bieber counted down the song’s arrival with the help of celeb friends including Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande and Shaquille O’Neal.

Whereas sales and streaming totals for songs can explode out-of-the-gate, radio is generally more steady, although “Mean” is already building strongly on-air. It debuts on the Radio Songs chart at No. 28 with 42 million in audience.

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“Mean” previews Bieber’s forthcoming new studio album, due Nov. 13.

“I’m happy to see Justin doing what he does best: music,” says Scooter Braun, Bieber’s manager and owner of School Boy Records and Raymond-Braun Media Group.

“I am thrilled for Justin, who put so much heart, soul and hard work into creating and launching this song,” adds Steve Bartels, Def Jam CEO. “I’m also very proud of the way the Scooter Braun team and the Def Jam family came together to execute this effort, with the vision and the goal of Justin’s first-ever Hot 100 chart-topper. [It’s] a reminder of what an important global star Justin has become, with worldwide chart milestones being achieved daily as the song resonates.

“Today’s Hot 100 No. 1 is an historic accomplishment, yet it’s only the beginning of the excitement that lies ahead for Beliebers across the globe.”

More fun facts related to the Hot 100’s new leader:

“Mean,” the 1,046th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s history, is just the 23rd to arrive on top. It’s the first since Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” on the Sept. 6, 2014 chart and the first by a male since the previous such leader, Baauer‘s “Harlem Shake” (March 2, 2013). At least one song has launched at No. 1 each year since 2009, continuing the chart’s longest streak (seven years) of years with at least one No. 1 debut. The first song to soar in at the summit: Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone,” just more than 20 years ago.

Bieber is the youngest male artist ever to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. (He passes Baauer, who was just two months shy of his 24th birthday at the time of his No. 1 entrance.) Among all acts, Bieber is the youngest to start atop the chart in more than a decade, since Fantasia, then 20, with her American Idol coronation song “I Believe” (July 10, 2004).

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Bieber also 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. Levy previously co-wrote “Boyfriend” (with Bieber and two others), as well as Maroon 5’s “Daylight” (No. 7, 2013); he also co-produced those hits. Boyd likewise boasts two prior Hot 100 top 10s as a writer (back before Bieber had entered his teens): 112’s “Peaches & Cream” (No. 4, 2001), and “Caught Up” by Bieber mentor Usher (No. 8, 2005).

Bieber notches his first Hot 100 No. 1 with his 47th entry on the chart. That’s the longest a Hot 100-topping artist had to wait for a first No. 1, just passing Swift, who finally first reigned in 2012 with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” her 46th charted title. (Of course, both Bieber and Swift are tallying entries in an era where album cuts are eligible to hit the Hot 100, a rule not invoked until 1998, or 40 years after the Hot 100 originated. Viewed another way, Swift waited only less than six years and Bieber slightly more than six before hitting No. 1 at last. And, this stat covers only artists that have led the Hot 100; the cast of Fox’s Glee, with a record 207 appearances, James Brown, Nicki Minaj, Jackie Wilson, Tim McGraw, Brook Benton and Kenny Chesney have all tallied at least 47 Hot 100 entries, but no No. 1s.)

In addition to his landmark first Hot 100 No. 1, Bieber collects his seventh top 10. He also posts his first set of back-to-back top 10s, as prior entry “Where Are U Now,” by Skrillex and Diplo with Bieber, rose to No. 8 in July. With Bieber having performed that song and “Mean” in a medley on the VMAs, “Where Are U Now” rebounds 13-10 on the Hot 100, giving him concurrent top 10s for the first time; the collab rebounds 21-14 on Digital Songs (60,000, up 58 percent) and 13-10 on Streaming Songs (10.3 million, up 24 percent). On Radio Songs, “Where” retreats 11-13 (60 million, down 18 percent), having reached No. 9 last month.

Keep checking Billboard.com for much more Bieber coverage, as well as the full weekly rundown of this week’s Hot 100 top 10. And, again, visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 9), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The Hot 100 and other charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale Friday (11).