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Justin Bieber's 'Believe' is year's biggest debut

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It's official: Justin Bieber's "Believe" has sold 374,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, garnering the 18-year-old his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. That's the most chart-toppers for any act in a two-and-a-half-year span since Bieber made his chart debut in December 2009. "Believe" registers the biggest debut sales week for an album this year, surpassing the 359,000 start of Madonna's "MDNA."

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The last set to earn a larger launch was Drake's "Take Care" on the tally dated Dec. 3, 2011. It started with 631,000. (The best sales frame overall in 2012 for an album was earned by Adele 's "21" in the wake of her multiple Grammy Awards wins in February. It sold 730,000 in the week after the Grammy show.) Bieber also notches his own personal best sales week, beating the 291,000 that "My World 2.0" sold in its second week back in April 2010.

On June 20, industry sources had initially projected that "Believe" was going to debut with between 410,000 and 440,000. That figure was scaled back to 390,000 to 410,000 by June 22 and then down to 360,000 to 380,000 by Sunday. As we've noted previously, estimating future sales is difficult and projections can change on a daily basis. The original forecast for "Believe" was inflated by the set's huge first-day sales and significant number of pre-orders. Bieber previously led the Billboard 200 with "My World 2.0," 2011's "Never Say Never: The Remixes" and "Under the Mistletoe." "Believe" is his sixth top-10 effort -- he missed the No. 1 rung only with his "My World" debut (No. 5) and "My Worlds Acoustic" (No. 7).

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"Believe" was led by the hit single "Boyfriend," which debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The set's second official single is "As Long As You Love Me," and its radio promotion will begin in earnest on July 9. During release week, Bieber was in full-on promotion mode to tout the new album. NBC aired a two-night special dedicated to the star on June 20-21, while he sat down for a live YouTube chat with NBC personality Jimmy Fallon on June 21. He also stopped by MTV on June 19 for a "TRL"-style "Bieber Live" show and visited CBS's "Late Show With David Letterman," BET's "106 & Park" and ABC's "The View" (all on June 20).

6Comments
Jun 27, 2012 9:28PM
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**** Justin Bieber he looks like a teen lesbian
Jun 27, 2012 7:47PM
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I "Believe" people have absolutely no taste in music anymore...
Jun 27, 2012 4:49PM
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Thanks to Justin's writers and his incredible drummer! "Boyfriend" is a great track, hip hop style, Timberlake/like.
Jun 27, 2012 9:27AM
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please, i cannot wait for his voice to change and he goes away...like all good pop stars do...
Jun 27, 2012 8:17AM
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oh what little girls and gay bois spend their money on....
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