Saturday, April 20, 2024

Pop Chart: Ed Sheeran’s Justin Bieber Song “Love Yourself” Topples Adele’s “Hello” on iTunes


The chipping away has finally worked. Adele’s “Hello” has been dethroned from its long run at number 1 on iTunes. It’s still number 1 in amazon, but on iTunes Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” has overtaken it. “Love Yourself” is written by Ed Sheeran, with input of some kind by Bieber It’s one of the few songs on Bieber’s “Purpose” album that isn’t ornamented by digital bird noises.

Adele needn’t worry. Her album is still number 1 and leading Bieber– number 2 on the album charts– by tens of thousands. Interestingly, Bieber’s sales numbers are hugely increased by streaming, while Adele is almost all physical sales. Bieber’s fans don’t need to own his music. They just like listening to it. Adele’s fans want the product in their possession.

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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