— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 11, 2016
Although both Bieber and Adele released their singles on Oct. 23, “Hello” has been at the top of the Billboard charts for the past 10 consecutive weeks while “Sorry” has spent eight weeks in the runner-up position.
In addition, Bieber’s “Sorry” was released with much hype, i.e. a 30-day countdown featuring a different celebrity every day leading up to the song’s release. Adele’s “Hello,” on the other hand, was dropped (along with her record-breaking music video) by surprise, perhaps stealing the Bieb’s so-called “thunder.”
Billboard notes that after six years and 46 prior charted songs, beginning in July 2009, finally the Biebs earned his first No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated Sept. 19 when “What Do You Mean?” debuted at No. 1.
Bieber’s track “Love Yourself” is also at the No. 3 position, while “Mean” is also in the Top 10. Meanwhile, in the U.K., Bieber recently became the first artist to occupy the first three spots on the Top 40 Singles chart at the same time with “Love Yourself” at No. 1, “Sorry” at No. 2 and “What Do You Mean” rounding it out at No. 3.
As for how their albums are faring, Adele’s 25 is still atop the Billboard 200 Albums chart, while Bieber’s Purpose remains at the number two spot.
Say what you will about the 21-year-old troublemaker; he’s truly had a successful musical comeback.
See Billboard’s official Top 10 countdown for the week of Jan. 23 in the video below: