Justin Bieber breaks charts record with first UK No 1

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He may be one of the most popular artists of his generation, but incredibly it’s taken until now for Justin Bieber to top the UK charts.

Capitalising on the success of his Skrillex and Diplo collaboration Where Are Ü Now, Bieber’s new single, What Do You Mean, becomes his first UK No 1 and sets a new record for the most first-week streams for a UK single. According to the Official Charts Company, the track had a total of 3.2m plays in its opening week across services such as Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music, smashing One Direction’s former record of 2.3m plays of Drag Me Down.

Combined sales of Bieber’s track total 84,000, beating last week’s No 1, Rachel Platten. Her single Fight Song slips to No 2, The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face returns to No 3, Calvin Harris & Disciples’ How Deep Is Your Love remains at No 4 and Jess Glynne’s Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself completes the Top 5.

New top 20 entries this week include Demi Lovato’s Cool For The Summer, her fourth top 10 single, leaping 105 places to No 7, while rock boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer jump 47 places to No 14 with She’s Kinda Hot.

The Weeknd’s third album Beauty Behind The Madness debuts at No 1, making it the Canadian star’s first UK chart topper. Jess Glynne drops to No 2 and Foals are at No 3 with their fourth album What Went Down. The Oxford rock group’s album was also the biggest selling album in UK independent record shops.

The rest of the top 5 this week includes Ella Eyre, whose debut, Feline, is new at No 4, while Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour spends its 67th week in the Top 10, at No 5. His album is now the longest unbroken run ever for a debut from release: the soul singer’s record hasn’t left the Top 10 since its release in May 2014.

“What can I even say to this? I am completely and utterly moved and overwhelmed at this achievement,” Sam told OfficialCharts.com. “I am forever thankful to my team but most importantly to the British public for making this happen and buying my album. This moment is one to tell the grandkids and maybe their grandkids.”

Online phenomenon Halsey scores her Official Albums Chart debut at No 9 with Badlands, beating Motörhead, who land their fourth top 10 with their 22nd album Bad Magic, their first Top 40 since 1991.

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