Justin Bieber Lands Third No. 1 With ‘Love Yourself,’ Youngest Male Artist To Replace Himself

Bow down. Justin Bieber is still No. 1 and 2 on this week’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, but has now passed his No. 1 crown to “Love Yourself.” His other hit “Sorry,” which was No. 1 last week, now moves to No. 2.

In so doing, the 21-year-old superstar sets a new record as the youngest male artist to replace himself at No. 1.

Without the age criteria, Bieber is only the 12th act to replace himself in the 57-year chart history of the Hot 100 and only second Canadian to do it.

The Weeknd’s “The Hills” unseated “Can’t Feel My Face” for the No. 1 position on the chart dated October 3, 2015. Taylor Swift was the first woman to mark that milestone when “Blank Space”dethroned “Shake It Off” on November 29, 2014.

Notably, Bieber’s hugely successful, acclaimed latest album Purpose — on which “Love Yourself,” “Sorry,” and “What Do You Mean?” feature — becomes the first album by a male artist this decade to score three No. 1 singles on the Hot 100. Each song was co-written by Bieber. He also co-produced “Mean.”

Previous No. 1 “Sorry” reigned atop the chart for three weeks. Last week, when “Love Yourself” hiked up to No. 2., Bieber became the youngest artist and 17th act ever on the Hot 100 to hold the two top spots at the same time. As a lead artist, he is the 11th artist to land the two top placements on the chart.

Billboard reports other artists who replaced themselves at the No. 1 position on the chart includes The Beatles, who scored three successive No. 1’s (“I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You” and “Can’t Buy Me Love”) back in 1964. The R&B vocal group Boyz II Men did it in 1994, Puff Daddy in 1997), Ja Rule back in 2002, Usher in 2004, T.I. in 2008, and more.

“Love Yourself” is Bieber’s third No. 1 on the Hot 100, coming after “Sorry’s” multiple weeks stay, and the singer’s first No. 1 with “What Do You Mean?” last September. The latter spent its last week at No. 10 last week, after 21 record-equalling weeks in the top 10. It has now fallen to No. 17.

The heartthrob is the first artist to score three No. 1’s from an album since Swift’s (“Shake,” “Space” and “Bad Blood”) landed three No.1’s from her 1989 album during 2014-15. Bieber is the first male to score three Hot 100 No. 1’s from an album since Justin Timberlake did it with “SexyBack,” “My Love,” and “What Goes Around Comes Around” in 2006-7. Each single featured on his FutureSex/LoveSounds album.

“Love Yourself” was co-written by Bieber, Benjamin Levin, and Ed Sheeran. This is Sheeran’s first No. 1 on the Hot 100. The British artist previously hit No. 2 last year with his single “Thinking Out Loud.” Details on where Bieber’s singles are on Billboard’s component charts can be read here.

In the rest of the top 10 on the Hot 100, Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” rises from No. 4 to 3. After a 10-week reign at No. 1, Adele’s “Hello” falls from No. 3 to 4 on the Hot 100. Flo Rida gallops into the top five from No. 12 with “My House.” The Chainsmokers’ “Roses” (featuring Rozes) shifts up to No. 6 from No. 8.

Meanwhile, Bieber’s former girlfriend, Selena Gomez’s single “Hands to Myself” is at No. 7 (from No. 21), following the release of its official music video and her recent appearance as the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. This is the pop princess’ fifth Hot 100 top 10 and third top 10 from her latest album Revival.

There’s more Gomez at No. 8, as “Same Old Love” slides from No. 7 to 8, after peaking at No. 5. Gomez’s concurrent Hot 100 top 10’s is a career first.

Despite the shambolic release of her eighth album Anti on January 28, Rihanna storms into the top 10 at No. 9 with the dancehall jam “Work” (featuring Drake). The Bajan queen’s album enters the Billboard 200 at No. 27. Over on the Digital Songs chart, “Work” debuts at No. 1 with (126,000 units sold during its first week.) More stats can be read here.

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Alessia Cara’s “Here” tumbles from its No. 5 peak to No. 10.

To recap: Justin Bieber now lands his third No. 1 on the Hot 100 with “Love Yourself,” with the additional glory of being the youngest male artist to replace himself atop the chart. Prince of pop, indeed.

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