Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Justin Bieber’s Pop Reign Over? New Album Ousted from #1 by KPop Group BTS, Concert Tickets Not Selling Well


One week and it’s all over for Justin Bieber’s “Changes.” The biggest changes, he may find, is that his audience has been cut by 500,000.

This morning “Changes” is number 7 on iTunes, an ignominious fall after one week (really six days). The new number 1? K Pop group “BTS.”

Bieber’s top streaming single from “Changes,” called “Intentions,” is number 8 on Apple Music’s chart. It’s a catchy song, too!

Even appearing on James Corden’s late night TV show all week hasn’t helped “Changes.” (Maybe he shouldn’t have dressed like a homeless person.) So far this week the sales number stands at around 120K. Bieber’s last album, at the height of his career, was “Purpose” with 666K copies sold in its first week.

What’s happened? Bieber’s audience has finally grown up and moved on, at least in the US. This is very alarming for his concert tour, which begins on May 14th in Seattle and proceeds through America’s heartland through the summer. For every show on Ticketmaster there are huge chunks of seats unsold so far. The blue areas below are all for sale including, as you can see, floor seats and those expensive premium seats that include a Meet and Greet package with the Biebs.

Concert venues are going to hope for last minute purchases, walk up business, and kids suddenly being out of school with nothing else to do. This is always the dilemma when an album comes out and fizzles before a tour begins. Bieber may have to structure his shows as “best of” situations to get his previously teen fans back in the seats. But the next Justin Bieber tour isn’t going to be stadiums, that’s for sure. Watch for Stub Hub to go crazy on this one!

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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