Home Celebrity UPDATE: Justin Bieber’s Current Album Never Submitted to SoundScan, Sales a Secret

UPDATE: Here’s a first in the record biz. Justin Bieber and his label never submitted his current album, “Journals,” for auditing. In other words, no one will ever know how many copies it sold. Bieber sold the album through iTunes only, never gave it to Amazon or other retailers for digital sales, and unlike Beyonce, never made a physical CD. “Journals” was not submitted for sales tracking to SoundScan so it has not turned up on a chart since its release. This just never happens, it’s very rare, and done as a sneaky way to get around a perceived disaster. On the iTunes chart, “Journals” has stayed around number 12 for most of its run. Whatever it sold — or didn’t– will remain a secret.

Earlier: If fewer people went to see Justin Bieber’s “Believe” film this week, they’d really have to turn up the heat. As it is, the theaters must be cold and the remaining fans shivering in the dark. On Tuesday “Believe” took in $52,000 in 1,037 locations. That was down from Monday’s $58K. Yikes. Were there ten people sitting in each theater? Meanwhile, Bieber’s “Journals” album — available only on iTunes– hasn’t turned up yet on any actual charts other than the Apple company’s own list. Did anyone actually buy it? No radio stations played it, that’s for sure. This is all key right now, because Bieber’s zillion dollar teen pop business is taking a turn downward. The question is: what will he do to right the ship?

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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. 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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