From Music Week UK:
Four of its tracks made the Top 40 in the lead up to its release to tease punters' appetite, paving the way for Justin Bieber's Believe to debut atop the album chart on first week sales of 38,115 copies.
Bieber's first number one, it surpasses both the first week sales (28,274) and peak week sales (36,709) of his previous highest charting album, My World, which opened at number four and climbed to number three in 2010. Born on 1 March 1994, Bieber is the second youngest male solo artist ever to reach number one, trailing only Scots talent show discovery Neil Reid, who was 12 when he led the list with his self-titled 1972 album. Although only three artists have topped the chart at an earlier age, Bieber is not the youngest Canadian to have a number one - at 18 years, 3 months and 23 days, he is two weeks older than Avril Lavigne was when she topped with Let Go in 2003. At the time, Lavigne was the youngest female solo artist to have a number one album, shaving two years off the previous record set by Kylie Minogue with her debut disc Kylie: The Album in 1988. Lavigne lost the record in 2004, when Joss Stone topped the chart with her second album Mindy, Body & Soul at the age of 17 years, 5 months and 22 days.
Bieber's chart-topping debut denies Cheryl Cole the opportunity to register her third straight number one debut on the album chart. Cole's first solo album 3 Words opened at number one on sales of 125,271 in 2009. A year and a week later, follow-up Messy Little Raindrops also shot straight to number one, on sales of 105,431 copies. New album A Million Lights - credited, like introductory single Call My Name only to Cheryl - sold 34,934 copies last week. 3 Words sold 449 copies last week, and remains on track to reach a million before year's end, with a to date tally of 995,209 sales.