Justin Bieber is hot right now, and he just pulled off a feat that no artist has managed since John Lennon did it posthumously in 1981. Reuters reports that Bieber “stormed the British singles charts” today, placing three singles from his new album in the top five.
“The Canadian singer’s singles ‘Sorry.’ ‘Love Yourself’ and ‘What Do You Mean’ took first, third and fifth place,” Reuters reports, adding: “‘Sorry’ pushed Adele’s ‘Hello’ from the top spot it had occupied for three weeks.”
It hadn’t happened since January 1981, a few weeks after Lennon was gunned down in New York City, when Lennon’s song “Imagine” went to No. 1 on the chart, with “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” at No. 3 and “(Just Like) Starting Over” at No. 5.
Reuters adds: “Bieber’s songs all come from his album ‘Purpose,’ which sold 90,000 copies this week. Every track from it charted inside the top 100 singles.”
The album didn’t make it to No. 1, however, being edged out by One Direction’s “Made in the AM.”