Monday, June 17, 2024

Justin Bieber Hits Number 1 with “Changes” But Sales Dropped 65% from Last Album Debut Five Years Ago


Yes, Justin Bieber’s “Changes” is number 1 for the week. says it sold 212K copies including streaming. Actually, physical sales were slightly higher than streaming.

Miraculously, Justin had a late week sales surge, since his real time numbers through Wednesday suggested total sales of around 140,000. But all of a sudden, around a hundred thousand people more wanted those “Changes.”

Still, “Changes” sales are off around 65 percent from the “Purpose” album in 2015. That album had sales of around 620K including streaming. More than half the audience is gone. And that’s reflected in the slow sales of his tickets.

Is his reign in pop over? I’d say so. With “Changes” he didn’t move the ball forward, just tossed it up in the air. And I say that with the best of Intentions. Get it?

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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