It was a historic week on the Billboard Top 200 chart that saw a record-tying eight new entries into the top 10, including new albums by mega-pop star Justin Bieber and boy band supreme One Direction that competed for the top spot.
When the dust settled, it was Bieber’s latest album, Purpose, that prevailed to give the Canadian heartthrob his sixth career No. 1. In a sales rivalry not seen since the 2007 showdown between Kanye West’s Graduation and 50 Cent’s Curtis, Purpose bested One Direction’s Made in the A.M. by registering 649,000 (522,000 pure sales) to 459,000 (402,000 pure sales).
Not only were Bieber’s numbers good enough to be a career best for the 21-year-old, but the total stands as the biggest debut of 2015, it’s the biggest debut since Eminem dropped The Marshall Mathers LP 2 in 2013.
Elsewhere on the chart the top 10’s only two non-new entries for the week were Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, which dropped to No. 6 after spending the past two weeks at No. 1, and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness, which dropped from four to eight.
New entries for the week include Logic’s The Incredible True Story (three), Jeezy’s Church In These Streets (four), Chris Young’s I’m Comin’ Over (five), Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Letters From the Labyrinth (seven), Alessia Cara’s Know-It-All (nine), and Kirk Franklin’s Losing My Religion (10).
Check out the complete list of top 10 albums below.
1. Justin Bieber -– Purpose
2. One Direction – Made In The A.M.
3. Logic – The Incredible True Story
4. Jeezy – Church In These Streets
5. Chris Young – I’m Coming Over
6. Chris Stapleton – Traveller
7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Letters From the Labyrinth
9. Alessia Cara – Know-It-All
10. Kirk Franklin – Losing My Religion