Bow down. Justin Bieber is No. 1 and 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Sorry” and “Love Yourself,” respectively. The 21-year-old superstar continues his incredible reign over the U.S. singles chart with two cuts from his phenomenally successful latest album Purpose.
“Sorry” retains the crown for a third week, while “Love Yourself” rises one position to No. 2. The singer is the youngest ever artist to dominate the two top spots on the chart. In so doing, Justin Bieber becomes the 17th act ever in Hot 100 history to hold the two spots simultaneously. And as a lead artist, he is the 11th artist to land the two top placements on the chart.
With “Sorry” atop the chart for three weeks, after ending Adele’s 10-week residency with “Hello,” the song is Bieber’s longest Hot 100 reign. The drum roll next week may well reveal Bieber unseating himself with “Love Yourself.”
— billboard (@billboard) January 25, 2016
Before hitting No. 1 with “Sorry,” Justin’s previous single, and first ever Hot 100 No.1, “What Do You Mean?,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s September 19 dated chart, and remained there for just one week.
But the power of “Mean” lies in its longevity. The single holds at No. 10 and hasn’t slipped out of that bracket since its debut on the chart 21 weeks ago. As a result, it ties the milestone for the most weeks a song has remained in the top 10 on the Hot 100, set by Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” in 2012 and Maroon 5’s “Sugar” last year.
If “What Do you Mean?” stays in the top 10 next week, it will set the first ever 22-week record. It could be yet another record for the Biebs, who has done nothing but break them since he dropped “Mean” back on August 28 and released Purpose on November 13.
Adele’s “Hello” fell from No. 2 to No. 3 after its marathon run at No. 1. Twenty One Pilots is at No. 4 with “Stressed Out.” Alessia Cara’s debut “Here” rounds out the top five. Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” slips down to No. 6, and Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love” drops to No. 7 after reaching No. 5 last week.
The Prince of pop is also a Grammy nominee with EDM superduo, Jack U’s Diplo and Skrillex, in the Best Dance Recording category for their powerhouse collaboration “Where Are Ü Now?”
On Sunday, January 24, The Grammys’ official Twitter account announced news of the Biebs’ upcoming performance with a photo of the heartthrob and a note rallying fans. The reveal was also posted at The Grammys’ Instagram account.
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) January 24, 2016
Last Saturday, Grammys organizers hinted at something involving the superstar when four Justin Bieber fans were tweeted GIF’s of different parts of the art crowd-sourced “Where Are Ü Now?” music video.
Fast forward to Sunday, the Justin Bieber Twitter account tweeted, “See everyone at @TheGRAMMYs. Honored.”
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 25, 2016
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Monday, February 15, live from the famed Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and will be hosted by LL Cool J. Other performers include Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, The Weeknd, Adele, and Pitbull, the latter also revealed on Sunday. More acts will be unveiled over the coming weeks.
Lamar leads the nominees at this year’s 58th annual ceremony with 11 nods, while Taylor Swift and The Weeknd took second second place with seven nominations each.
Based on the way Bieber’s music renaissance is going, this time next year he could be nominated for even more.
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