Justin Bieber’s mega-hit “What Do You Mean?” has set yet another record, becoming the fastest song to reach 100 million streams on Spotify. It achieved the feat in just 25 days (August 28-September 21).
In so doing, the Canadian superstar dethrones the 46 days record previously set by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth, from the Fast and the Furious 7 soundtrack earlier this year.
Hot on Wiz and Puth’s heels, Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds” featuring Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney, took 53 days to punch in 100 millions streams on Spotify. Behind that, Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” took 59-60 days to do the same. The Weekend’s “Can’t Feel My Face” took between 65-67 days, while Calvin Harris Feat. John Newman on “Blame” got there in 70 days, and Mark Ronson “Uptown Funk” Feat. Bruno Mars did it in 80 days.
Spotify updated figures for “Mean” to reflect 103,554,980 streams on September 22.
The single was released on August 28 along with a lyric video. After quickly taking over the top spots on iTunes within a record-breaking five minutes, it went on to top 90 iTunes charts. Two days later, the Biebs performed it live at the MTV VMAs, after which he broke down and cried on stage. Numerous No. 1’s on national charts followed in Australia, Ireland, the U.K., New Zealand, and more.
Online chatter reveals Justin Bieber fans kicked off their collective attempt to set a brand new 100 million streams record with “Mean” on the day it dropped. Fast forward to September 8, Bieber made history as the youngest male artist to debut atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. “Mean” became the 23rd song to do so, launching with 337,000 paid downloads.
The track went on to set a new Spotify record for highest streams in its debut-week, racking up over 21 millions streams in the first five days after its release. The tropical house-pop jam also set a new record with the highest first-week streams for a U.K. single, with 3.2 million plays across recognized streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music in the week ending September 4.
— Official Charts (@officialcharts) September 21, 2015
Since then, Bieber’s comeback single has kept its No. 1 position in Australia atop the ARIA charts for three weeks. In the U.K. it’s back at the top of the official singles chart after slipping to No. 2 last week and is set for a third week at No. 1. It is now certified silver in Britain and double platinum in Australia.
Over on Billboard’s Hot 100, “Mean?” is currently at No. 2 after rebounding from the No. 3 position it fell to in its second week after its release.
Sales-wise, “Mean” is the best-selling song in the U.S. for a third week. It’s No. 1 on the U.S. Digital Songs chart, having sold 127, 987 downloads during the September 11-17 tracking week. To date, the single has total sales of 624,679 paid U.S. downloads.
Hot Digital Songs: #1(=) What Do You Mean?, @justinbieber 127,987 (624,679 total). *3 weeks at #1*
— Chart News (@chartnews) September 21, 2015
Now at No 18. on the Mediabase rhythmic chart for the September 13-19 tracking week, the song has soared to No. 9 from No. 11 on the pop radio airplay chart and is the week’s second-highest gainer for the same period, after The Weeknd’s “The Hills.”
Over on iTunes, Bieber and “Mean” enjoyed a mammoth 25-day reign at No. 1 on iTunes (it is now No.3), which ended when Drake’s “Hotline Bling” took the No. 1 spot on September 21.
The guys have an exciting announcement for you… https://t.co/J2IdOIJSYD
— One Direction (@onedirection) September 22, 2015
Meanwhile, Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, and the singer reaffirmed their commitment to their pre-announced November 13 release date on social media yesterday, following One Direction’s decision to release their new album on the same day.
Should be lit.
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