The Straits Times
Published on Feb 07, 2013

Justin Bieber becomes youngest artist with five No. 1 albums


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Canadian pop star Justin Bieber became the youngest artist to land five chart-topping albums in the United States on Wednesday when his latest record, Believe Acoustic, debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart.

Believe Acoustic, which features stripped down versions of Bieber's songs from his fourth No. 1 album, Believe, released last June, as well as three new songs, sold 211,000 copies in its first week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

The album also topped iTunes downloads charts in 63 countries, and became a hot topic on social media platforms as the singer's 34 million-strong followers on Twitter raced to purchase the record as soon as it was released.

Bieber was previously tied with former Disney star Miley Cyrus with four chart-topping albums before turning 19, and he is only one of nine artists in Billboard history to have a No. 1 album for four consecutive years.