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Believe Acoustic follows previous smashes such as his 2010 debut, My World 2.0, Under the Mistletoe, Never Say Never: The Remixes and last year’s Believe to the lead slot on the HITS Album Sales tally.

THIS JUST IN...BIEBER #1!

Teenpop Superstar Scores His Fifth Chart-Topping Album with Believe Acoustic
Justin Bieber won’t be 20 until a year from March, but he’s already racked up his fifth chart-topping album in Believe Acoustic, which sells 211k in its first week to debut at #1 for Steve BartelsIsland Def Jam and manager Scooter Braun..

It follows previous smashes such as his 2010 debut, My World 2.0, Under the Mistletoe, Never Say Never: The Remixes and last year’s Believe to the lead slot on the HITS Album Sales tally.

Verve tenor Andrea Bocelli bows at #2 with his album, Passione, destined to capitalize on Valentine’s Day, nabbing an impressive 93k, while Vapor/Sire/WB sister duo Tegan & Sara score their highest debut yet with the dance-pop-oriented Heartthrob at #3 with 45k.

RCA’s original Gap Band member, R&B veteran Charlie Wilson’s Love, Charlie, bows at #4, while Atlantic’s Bruno Mars rounds out the Top 5.

UMe’s still-strong Pitch Perfect soundtrack (#6), last week’s #1, MCA Nashville’s Gary Allan (#7), Dualtone’s Lumineers (#8), Glassnote’s Mumford & Sons (#9, +20%) and Big Machine’s Taylor Swift (#10) complete the leader board.

19/Sparrow’s American Idol Christian artist Colton Dixon (#14), Frenchkiss Silver Lake indie Afropop-influenced Local Natives’ sophomore album (#15), Razor & Tie’s metal vets Hatebreed (#22) and Stax’s critically acclaimed Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite blues collab (#27) are the week’s top new entries, while Atlantic’s Kid Rock re-enters at #49.

19/Arista Nashville’s Carrie Underwood (#36-35, +29%) leads the double-digit gainers, followed by Nonesuch’s The Black Keys (#44-39, +26%), Capitol Nashville’s Eric Church (#50-45, +19%), Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean (#33-29, +16%), Justin Bieber’s Believe (#40, +12%) and New Elektra’s Ed Sheehan (#30-28, +11%).

WB’s Josh Groban tops the list of albums released today, which also includes Capitol’s Now 45, Big Machine’s Tim McGraw, Provident/Sony’s Red, Hundred Handed/Everything Evil’s Coheed & Cambria and Glassnote's Robert DeLong.

NEAR TRUTHS:
THE HOUSE WINS
I.B. Bad handicaps the Vegas Grammys. (1/18a)
ON THE COVER:
THE LUMINEERS
The downside of BRIGHTSIDE for Wes and Jer (1/18a)
HITS LIST MAKES
THE PLAYOFFS
A bunch of All-Pros takes the field. (1/18a)
COACHELLA LINEUP: HARRY, YE, BILLIE AND THE WHOLE THING
The poster has been printed. (1/13a)
UTA: A YEAR OF MOMENTUM
Agency reshuffles the deck. (1/18a)
I DON'T WANNA WORK
I just wanna bang on my drum all day.
I HAVE A HANGOVER
I like to call it "2021."
I DON'T WANNA HAVE A MEETING
My Zoom backgrounds are all outdated.
I MISS CHRISTMAS
When's the next holiday that involves eggnog?
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