Monday, April 15, 2024

Justin Bieber Sells 620K “Purpose” with Cab Rides, Bundles; Adele Is One Third of Top 30


The cabs rides on Lyft and the concert bundles worked: Justin Bieber sold 620,000 copies of “Purpose” last week and finished at number 1. Of the total 116K were streams. He should buy a canoe.

One Direction didn’t do too badly either: with little promotion they sold 470,000 total. Only about 50,000 were streams.

Bieber’s fans certainly hit the stream button enough times. Did they take get a lot of free cab rides from Lyft? We’ll have to ask. Many of them are too young to drive, so maybe it worked.

Both Bieber and 1D were knocked off their perches last night by Adele. All of the tracks from her “25” album are selling individually enough that they occupy a third of singles on iTunes in the top 30 right now. The album is number 1.

Bieber’s label, DefJam, run by the gregarious and popular Steve Bartels, had three of the top four selling albums last week, and one more at number 10. DefJam also figures into the soon to be released Rihanna album “Anti,” which looks like it will go through Samsung and maybe stay off charts a la Jay Z’s last record, “Holy Grail.” Rihanna’s record is coming in December, hoping to penetrate Adele’s fortress at number 1. Good luck with that.


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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