Wednesday, July 24, 2024

UPDATE: Bieber Believers Fall Short of 400K, But Makes His Best Week Ever


Justin Bieber’s “Believe” album is a good news, bad news story. He had his best first week ever with a little over 373,000 units sold of the new CD. So that’s great, especially if you’re 18. On the other hand, after all that publicity, “Believe” was originally tipped at 410-420,000. So the total falls somewhat short of the expectation. “Believe” is also selling in at least one digital form for $4.99 on The main physical product, a deluxe edition, sells for $15.99 on and is number 13 on the charts. With touring this fall and more singles, “Believe” will still make a lot of money for Bieber and his determined management team. But what comes next is the question. It’s the reason Justin Timberlake got out of music, I think. Aging teen idol is not a good look for anyone. Just ask David Cassidy. So the Beeb will have to figure out what to do with millions of dollars, not much education, and no particular purpose. Well, we should all have those problems! Swimming pools, Ferraris, and Magnums of Champagne aren’t so bad either!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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.

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