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.
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.
This article was written by Guardian music, for theguardian.com on Friday 8th January 2016 19.15 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010