Justin Bieber’s ‘Believe’ Is Year’s Biggest Debut, Selling 374,000 in First Week

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It’s official: Justin Bieber‘s Believe has
sold 374,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, garnering
the 18-year-old his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.
That’s the most chart-toppers for any act in a two-and-a-half-year span
since Bieber made his chart debut in December 2009.

Believe registers the biggest debut sales week for an album this year, surpassing the 359,000 start of Madonna‘s MDNA. The last set to earn a larger launch was Drake‘s Take Care on the tally dated Dec. 3, 2011. It started with 631,000.

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