Justin Bieber becomes first artist to fill top three spots in UK singles chart

If you expected the new year to usher in new music atop the UK charts, then think again.

Justin Bieber continues to dominate the singles chart, now comfortably occupying all top 3 positions at once – making him the first artist to do so in the history of the Official Charts Company.

Bieber’s ballad Love Yourself, co-written with Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco, ends the week at No 1, followed by Sorry at No 2 and What Do You Mean? at No 3. The Canadian pop singer has held at least one position in the singles chart top 5 since releasing What Do You Mean? in September.

Following the release of his album Purpose, Bieber at one point in late November became the first artist to have eight songs concurrently in the singles chart top 40.

Elsewhere on the chart, Shawn Mendes climbs from No 12 to No 4 with April 2015 single Stitches, and Adele’s Hello drops from No 3 to No 5.

Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself, atop the UK singles chart

Speaking of Adele, she’s no closer to loosening her grip on the album chart and spends a seventh consecutive week at No 1 with album 25. Since its release in November, her third album sold 2m copies in record time and became the year’s biggest-selling album. If I Can Dream, Elvis Presley’s posthumous release in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, narrowly missed the top spot, coming in at No 2 approximately 3,300 album sales behind 25. Bieber’s Purpose and Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh both stayed put, at No 3 and No 4, respectively, while James Bay’s March 2015 debut Chaos and the Calm rose from No 10 to No 5.

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