Of course, it's a little unfair to compare to the two artists, who are at different points in their careers. Usher first cracked the top 10 (with My Way) in January 1998—when Bieber was three years old.
Bieber is the first artist in chart history to land four #1 albums or EPs while still in his teens. Believe follows My World 2.0, the EP Never Say Never: The Remixes and Under The Mistletoe. And Bieber has nearly 18 months to add to this tally. He won't turn 20 until March 1, 2014.
Two artists landed three #1 albums while still in their teens. Britney Spears scored with …Baby One More Time, Oops!...I Did It Again and Britney, all by age 19. Miley Cyrus scored with Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout and the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack, all by age 16. (The Fine Print: The initial Hannah Montana TV soundtrack in 2006 also reached #1, but I didn't count it because it wasn't marketed as a Cyrus album.)
Michael Buble is runner-up among Canadian acts for the most #1 albums. The charismatic crooner has had three: Call Me Irresponsible, Crazy Love and Christmas.
The 374K start for Believe marks Bieber's biggest sales week to date. It tops My World 2.0, which sold 291K in its second week. It's the biggest first-week tally by any album since Take Care by fellow Canadian artist Drake sold 631K in its first week in November. It's the biggest one-week tally for an album by a teen star since Fearless by Taylor Swift (then 18) debuted with sales of 592K in November 2008.
The 374K tally for Believe includes 139K digital copies, which it puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. That's the biggest one-week digital tally in history for a teen act. The old record was held by Swift's Fearless, which sold 129K in its debut week.
Fishbowl enters Top Country Albums at #1, displacing Josh Turner's Punching Bag (the title suddenly seems apt). This is Chesney's 11th #1 country album.
(The full title of Apple's current album is The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Incredibly, this isn't Apple's longest album title. The full title of 1999's When The Pawn… stretched to a staggering 90 words. Do you get the impression she's paid by the word? I bet she always got an A in English class—and was a bit of a smart-aleck.)
The Rock Of Ages soundtrack jumps from #9 to #5 in its third week. It's the third soundtrack from a movie or TV show directed by Adam Shankman to reach the top 10. It follows Hairspray (#2 in 2007) and Glee: The Rocky Horror Glee Show (#6 in 2010). Rock Of Ages is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the third week. (If you haven't seen it, the movie is a hoot.)
One Direction's Up All Night logs its 15th straight week in the top 10. In addition, the boy band's DVD, Up All Night: The Live Tour, is #1 for the fourth week on Top Music Videos. It sold 22,000 copies this week, bringing its four-week total to 160K.
Luke Bryan's Tailgates And Tanlines rebounds from #13 to #9 in its 46th week. The album has sold 1,204,000 copies, which is more than Bryan's last two albums combined.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Justin Bieber's Believe debuts at #1 (374K). It's Bieber's fourth #1 album or EP; his sixth to reach the top 10…Kenny Chesney's Welcome To The Fishbowl debuts at #2 (193K). It's Chesney's 10th top 10 album… Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel Is Wiser debuts at #3 (72K). It's Apple's second top 10 album...Smashing Pumpkins' Oceania debuts at #4 (53K). It's the band's seventh top 10 album…The Rock Of Ages soundtrack jumps from #9 to #5 in its third week (49K).
The Second Five: Usher's Looking 4 Myself drops from #1 to #6 in its second week (48K)…Adele's 21 drops from #3 to #7 in its 70th week (48K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… One Direction's Up All Night drops from #6 to #8 in its 15th week (41K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time… Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines rebounds from #13 to #9 in its 46th week (28K). This is its seventh week in the top 10…Rush's Clockwork Angels drops from #2 to #10 in its second week (27K).
Five albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Josh Turner's Punching Bag drops from #4 to #17, Ed Sheeran's + drops from #5 to #29, Neil Young & Crazy Horse's Americana drops from #7 to #28, Alan Jackson's Thirty Miles West drops from #8 to #11 and Waka Flocka Flame's Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family drops from #10 to #26.
Glen Hansard's Rhythm And Repose debuts at #21. This is Hansard's first top 30 album on his own. He teamed with Marketa Irglova to write and record the Once soundtrack (#7 in March 2008) and The Swell Season's Strict Joy (#15 in November 2009).
Journey's 1988 album Greatest Hits drops from #28 to #40 in its 220th week on the chart. It holds at #1 on the Top Catalog Albums chart for the second straight week; the 11th week overall. "Don't Stop Believin'" is the big finale in the aforementioned Rock Of Ages.
The Black Keys' Brothers drops from #55 to #66 in its 109th week. The album has sold 1,082,000 copies, nearly half of them digital. The album this week becomes the 26th album to sell 500K digital copies.
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