Justin Bieber: Smash or Sinking Ship?
Two spins on first week sales
WINNER OF THE WEEK: Justin Bieber. To all you Biebs-haters who hoped he'd be a temporary tween phenomenon, blowing away when the winds of pop music changed: ha, ha! Not only did his new album, Believe, arrive at Number One – selling the most copies in a debut week this year, with 374,000 – but the 18-year-old has become a talent scout of sorts, helping to break what might become the year's biggest single, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." As for his own singles, Bieber is in pretty good shape. "Boyfriend" is at Number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Number Seven on BigChampagne's Ultimate Chart (which measures Internet criteria), and its video has more than 88.5 million YouTube views.
As of now, Justin Bieber’s new album is looking to be a bust as the first week numbers are lower than expected. This is what showbiz says:
Justin Bieber’s “Believe” will be the highest first week sales of the year so far when it’s all counted. But it will also be at least 50,000 copies fewer than originally predicted. Right now, “Believe” is looking like it sold 370,000 copies–or less. This is way off the 420,00 copies hoped for. But Bieber’s TV special was a bust. And then his numbers on amazon.com significantly trailed off over the weekend. Amazon is now selling a downloadable version of the album for $4.99– a bad sign, as Madonna herself could tell us. The fact is, Bieber is not moving CDs digitally or physically in big numbers a week after “Believe” was made available. The amount of publicity he’s engendered simply is not resulting in sales, or even airplay. Given that this is particularly fruitful moment for Top 40 and pop–with “Someone I Used to Know,” “Call Me Maybe.” “What Makes You Beautiful,” and “Payphone” all full of good melodies and hooks–Bieber is not a factor. So hold on–because for once, substance may triumph over hype. And that will be a rude awakening. (Showbiz411)
"Boyfriend" has shown a totally dfiferent side of JB, hip hop suits him well! He can dance, he has swag for a young kid and he is a great performer.
He is certainly on a level above the Mileys, Taylors and Diggys.
My five year old daughter is a huge justin bieber fan and i actually think he seems like a good kid but what really upsets me is that his tickets for his concerts are outragiously expensive! how are all these young fans supposed to afford tickets at such a high price? I would love to take my daughter to his concert but he makes it financially impossible! that was a little disappointing to me!
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