Home Celebrity Justin Bieber “Believe” CD Numbers Lower Than Expected–Amazon Selling it for $4.99

UPDATE Tuesday afternoon, 4:20pm EDT: http://www.showbiz411.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=21570&action=edit&message=1

Justin Bieber’s “Believe” will be the highest first week sales of the year so far when it’s all counted. But it will also be at least 50,000 copies fewer than originally predicted. Right now, “Believe” is looking like it sold 370,000 copies–or less. This is way off the 420,00 copies hoped for. But Bieber’s TV special was a bust. And then his numbers on amazon.com significantly trailed off over the weekend. Amazon is now selling a downloadable version of the album for $4.99– a bad sign, as Madonna herself could tell us. The fact is, Bieber is not moving CDs digitally or physically in big numbers a week after “Believe” was made available. The amount of publicity he’s engendered simply is not resulting in sales, or even airplay. Given that this is particularly fruitful moment for Top 40 and pop–with “Someone I Used to Know,” “Call Me Maybe.” “What Makes You Beautiful,” and “Payphone” all full of good melodies and hooks–Bieber is not a factor. So hold on–because for once, substance may triumph over hype. And that will be a rude awakening.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
16 replies to this post
  1. ilove justin soo.. much you sould see this!i love this cute,hot,sexy,rad,ae-some,my boyfreind,my future husband,adorable,lif-e dieable,hot sweatiting,mouth drolling!!!!!!!!!! see that and that only took me 5secs i love him sooooooooooo MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY NAME IS SHELBY:) <3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. ilove justin soo.. much you sould see this!i love this cute,hot,sexy,rad,ae-some,my boyfreind,my future husband,adorable,lif-e dieable,hot sweatiting,mouth drolling!!!!!!!!!! see that and that only took me 5secs i love him soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…………………. MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY NAME IS SHELBY!

    PS:i am 9

  3. “Substance may triump over hype” Okay now you’ve just discredited this entire post.. “here’s my number, call me maybe” is substance.. LMAOOOOOOOOO new editor please! Desperate attempt to discredit a substantial artist. Not working bro, try again! Bieber is the hottest artist out and it ain’t changing for a while.

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