By Elisa Sanchez, EnStarz | Jun 27, 2012 11:34 AM EDT
Justin Bieber's new album "Believe" debuted #1 in 30 countries, including top markets the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil and more.
Believe took the #1 Soundscan position this week and marked the highest Billboard soundscan debut of the year, according to a press release by Island Def Jam Records Wednesday.
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“Justin has exceeded our expectations once again. He delivered an amazing body of work, and I am so proud of him,” said Steve Bartels, President & COO, Island Def Jam Music Group.
“The reaction to BELIEVE clearly shows that as Justin grows as an artist, he expands his fanbase every step of the way. The worldwide sales of Believe confirm his status as one of the biggest male superstars in the world.”
Four of Bieber's "Believe" hit singles are currently in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week: “Boyfriend,” “All Around the World” featuring Ludacris, “Die In Your Arms,” andsecond single “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean.
“Boyfriend,” hit #1 at iTunes the second it was released (on March 26th), and has not left the iTunes Top 10 ever since it was launched. While the single gained immediate critical-acclaim, the album has received accolades for Justin’s artistic growth and more mature sound.
The “Boyfriend” music video has shattered all YouTube records since its MTV premiere (on May 3rd). The clip generated 8 million views in its first 24 hours and has built up to over 86 million views.
"Believe" is Bieber's fourth album. In 2009, Justin became the first solo artist in history to send four songs from a debut album into the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 40 prior to the album’s release: “One Time,” “One Less Lonely Girl,” “Love Me,” and “Favorite Girl.”
With worldwide album sales in excess of 15 million units, Justin has dominated pop culture and social media for more than two years. He has over 44 million Facebook fans, more than 23 million Twitter followers, and over 3 billion YouTube views – he is far and away the most popular YouTube artist of all time.
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