Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 20 "Boyfriend" Justin Bieber
Bieber's "Boyfriend" launches at No. 20 with 3,961 first-week plays on 129 of the chart's 134 reporters (an average of 31 plays per station), marking the best first-week plays sum for a song by a male artist in the chart's almost 20-year history. The song also ties for the seventh-best positional start among all acts in the tally's archives.
The arrival of "Boyfriend" is all the more impressive given Bieber's track record at Pop Songs, where the teen star has yet to log a top 10. Despite his sales success (8 million albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and high social media profile (19 million Twitter followers), Bieber has charted only as high as No. 14 with debut hit "One Time" in 2009.
"Boyfriend" is set for a likewise lofty launch on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, aided by approximately 400,000 first-week downloads, according to industry projections. Check Billboard.com Wednesday (April 4) for the earliest highlights of the Hot 100 and Digital Songs charts.
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