Justin Bieber is ready to face-off against One Direction. He made that clear in a video he uploaded to Snapchat yesterday that shows him taunting the British boy band.
“The face you make when you come out with an album the same day as Justin Bieber,” he says on the video before feigning a scared look.
LMFAO I HATE HIM. pic.twitter.com/t4K2MmoNuT
— ️Justin Bieber Stan (@naturalIy) September 29, 2015
As Gossip Cop reports, both Justin Bieber and One Direction have albums coming out on the same day this year, November 13. Although Bieber doesn’t specifically call out 1D, their fans are in the same demographic, so it’s pretty safe to assume that he’s talking about them. Although Cee-Lo and Jezzy are both releasing albums on that day, One Direction is by far the biggest competition for Bieber.
This isn’t the first time that the Justin Bieber-One Direction rivalry has reared its ugly head. As Gossip Cop previously reported, Bieber expressed fake outrage when he was told that Zayn Malik had left 1D in front of a group of photographers and fans at the time.
However, in a recent interview with MTV News UK, Bieber wished Zayn well in his new solo career.
“I haven’t actually haven’t talked to him in a couple of years, but I hope he’s doing alright,” Biebs said in the interview.
When asked about the fact that he was dropping a album on the same day as One Direction, Justin was pretty nonchalant about it.
“I don’t really know how that happened, but I’m down with it,” he said.
Justin Bieber and One Direction have regularly faced off against each other during the course of their careers since their fans fall in the same age group. They even have some of the same career highlights.
Both Justin Bieber and One Direction have appeared in movies about their lives. As an article on Popcrush reminds us, Bieber released Never Say Never in 2011 and Believe in 2013, and they were part documentaries and part concert movies. Believe didn’t do so well at the box office, though. According to Billboard, Believe was only on track to make about $4.5 million in the first five days, a small sum compared to the $29 million Never Say Never made in its first couple of days.
One Direction have a concert movie as well called This Is Us. Billboard reports that the 1D movie made about $18 million soon after it opened. It ended up making about $28 million in North America and about $67 million worldwide.
There have been four One Direction albums and five Justin Bieber albums.
In the digital age, the battle isn’t over album sales. One Direction vs. Justin Bieber will be largely about streaming counts.
“Who will win the streaming counts will come down to how Bieber and One Direction are promoted at whichever service the fans are using,” an industry data analyst told Billboard.
So who will dominate?
The is the last album that One Direction will be doing before they split up to do separate solo projects. That might be extra incentive for the fans to get their last taste of One Direction songs for a while. This could eat into some of Bieber’s album buzz and eventual streams.
But Bieber is coming off a hiatus of sorts and a road to redemption that has seen him cry at the 2015 VMAs, do in-depth interviews with Complex, and get his first No. 1 single with ‘What Do You Mean?”
Maybe it will be a tie. Anything can happen!
Who do you think will top the charts when the Justin Bieber and One Direction albums drop on November 13. Let us know in the comments below
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