Natalia Lusinski
November 21, 2015 9:35 am

It’s time to say “goodbye” to “Hello” by Adele… at least, for now. That’s what Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” did when he got the top spot on this week’s Official Singles Chart, the UK’s Top 100 biggest songs of the week (based on sales of CDs, downloads, vinyl, and audio streams). For the past three weeks, “Sorry” was in second place as Adele’s “Hello” ranked first. To get there, Bieber moved up by 104,000 (!) combined chart sales, which included 5.35 million (yes, million!) streams, a record for the star.

He also has three singles from his album, “Purpose,” in the Top 5: “Sorry” (#1), “Love Yourself” (#3), and “What Do You Mean?” (#5). The last time an artist had three hits in the Top 5 was 34 years ago, in Jan. of 1981, and that was no other than John Lennon. So, Bieber’s topped a Beatle! Not bad for the 21-year-old super-superstar. Annnnd, our boy Bieber also broke a new Official Chart record—every track from “Purpose” is in the Top 100. Eight are in the Top 40 and this marks the first time that a living person’s had so many songs in the Official Singles Chart Top 40. Big props to Bieber! In 1957 (58 years ago!) Elvis had seven hits in the Top 40. So, to recap, the Top 5 on the Official Singles Chart now are:

  1. “Sorry” (Justin Bieber)
  2. “Hello” (Adele)
  3. “Sax” (Fleur East)
  4. “Take Me Home” (Jess Glynne)
  5. “Never Forget You” (Justin Bieber)

    So, basically, “Purpose” is making Beliebers out of all of us, go J! Speaking of “Purpose” and Bieber’s “purpose” on Spotify, so to speak, he is blowing up there, too, of course. As you probably know, One Direction released the highly anticipated “Made in the A.M.” last week on the same day that Bieber released “Purpose”—and guess who got an INSANE number of Spotify streams? Yep, Bieber was at the top once again… and he even broke Spotify’s global record (!) for having the most streams in the first week of an album’s release, Nielsen Music said.

So, how many streams does it take to break a streaming record? In Bieber’s case, 205 million worldwide, 77 million of those in the U.S. In case you’re keeping score, which we seem to be, “Made in the A.M.” had 106 million streams worldwide, meaning Bieber nearly doubled that. Big ups again—he is unstoppable! On top of which, 15 of his tracks are in Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart, with “Sorry” at No. 1, vs. nine of One Direction’s tracks, whose highest-ranking song, “Drag Me Down,” is No. 9. The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” previously held the record for most streams the first week with 90 million. (Isn’t it crazy that 90 million streams is now in third place for the most streams?!) Final sales results will come on Monday, Nov. 23, but my bet’s on Bieber!

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