No stranger to seeing the words “first” and “only” associated with many of his stats, making Billboard history is far from an uncommon occurrence for Pop pinup Justin Bieber.
And while most of his accomplishments (big and small) are trumpeted by his beloved fan base, affectionately called #Beliebers, there’s a chance this quietly set record may have slipped past them.
Bieber rocking record books as the first artist to simultaneously debut atop the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 in the same week easily came as the chart story of this week. What’s more, by escorting his latest single, ‘Peaches,’ to the pole position of the singles tally he became the first male vocalist in history to own four Hot 100 #1 debuts across his career. Among all acts, rapper Drake is the only other male to boast such while Ariana Grande is the overall leader with 5 Hot 100 chart-topping debuts to her credit.
On the Billboard 200 side, Justin’s sixth studio album ‘Justice’ – the parent project of ‘Peaches’ – hit #1 to become Justin’s overall 8th career reign.
With the victory, he now owns the most reigning titles of any male vocalist who debuted in the digital era. Among all male vocalists over the chart’s 62-year history, only Kenny Chesney (9), Garth Brooks (9), Elvis Presley (10), and Bruce Springsteen (11) have more. When all acts are considered, Madonna (9), Kanye West (9), Eminem (10), Barbra Streisand (11), Jay-Z (14), and The Beatles (19) are added to the list of all-time leaders (as of time reported).
Uniquely, Bieber – thanks to ‘Justice’ – is the first male act in history to see his first six studio albums debut at #1 on the tally. Starting with his debut studio effort, 2010’s ‘My World 2.0,’ to his latest, Bieber has never missed the top spot with the release of an LP.
The only other artist who can boast such is music megastar Beyoncé who – in 2016 with her LP ‘Lemonade’ – became the first artist ever to top the Billboard 200 with each of her first six solo studio albums.