Justin Bieber And His Musical Accomplishments
Justin Bieber launches his “Purpose World Tour” on March 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The singer has already routed 58 concerts in North America. The trek culminates July 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The tour starts just eight days after Justin Bieber’s 22nd birthday.
Amazingly, he’s been the most famous pop singer for the past five years; he’s been the one singer everyone can name.
Due to the current nature of celebrity, one’s fame can far outstrip one’s accomplishments. Much of Bieber’s fame comes from things he says and does away from the microphone.
What exactly has Bieber accomplished? Is he nothing more than a “Kardashian” with a recording contract?
Actually, Bieber has achieved a lot—a whole bunch. That would be true for an artist of any age but it’s especially true for a pop singer that’s just 21.
Below, Musicology-101 looks at Justin Bieber’s musical accomplishments. After perusing our list, you’ll view Bieber more as a musician and less as a tabloid headline.
Four For Four
Justin Bieber has released four studio albums…
…My World 2.0 (2010)
…Under The Mistletoe (2011)
All four LPs debuted at number one. That’s quite an accomplishment. It’s also a feat that Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Usher weren’t able to do.
Six Number One Albums
Besides the four aforementioned number one platters, Bieber also saw two of his remix albums top the charts.
Never Say Never: The Remixes went to number one in February of 2014. Believe Acoustic did the same in January of 2013.
In total, Bieber has six number one albums to his credit. That’s more number one albums than Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, The Who, or Bon Jovi ever achieved.
Bieber’s first three studio albums have all been certified platinum. His latest offering, Purpose, is well on its way to the million units sold plateau.
Purpose sold 649,000 “equivalent album units” in its first week on the streets. That’s the best sales week of Bieber’s career.
In other words…
…the demise of “Bieber Fever” has been greatly exaggerated.
A Single Number One “Single”
One of the areas where Justin Bieber has not performed like you’d expect the most famous pop singer in world to perform is number one singles.
Bieber has placed only one single on top of the Billboard Hot 100. That lone single is “What Do You Mean” released Aug. 28, 2015.
Bieber does have 14 Top 20 singles and 8 Top 10 singles. He’s been a part of five other Top 20 singles either as a featured artist or via promotional singles.
What’s really impressive is in his young career, Justin Bieber has already charted 63 singles on the Hot 100—that includes singles as a feature artist and promotional singles (including the cringe worthy “We Are the World 25 for Haiti”).
To put that 63 in perspective, The Beatles landed 71 singles on the Hot 100.
Big Time Debut
One of the songs you’ll probably hear during the upcoming Justin Bieber tour is “One Time.” That’s the artist’s debut single.
“One Time” peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It went on to be certified 5x Platinum.
That’s a better debut than The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Adele, or Taylor Swift had.
Bieber opens hi 2016 Purpose World Tour in Seattle on 3/9/16 at Key Arena. And if you’re going to see Justin Bieber in cities like Boston, don’t think you’re going to see some lightweight performer or even a hack. Biebs is no stranger to the live stage.
Already, the singer has made nearly 300 tour stops and grossed more than $53 million. That’s a lot of concert tickets for a seasoned performer much less one that’s still too young to rent a car.
The “Purpose World Tour” is Bieber’s third major trek. His first major outing was the “My World Tour” which began in 2010. His second was the “Believe Tour” launched in 2012.
…Bieber has performed on every continent but Antarctica.
The Big Rooms
Bieber has not only played a bunch of shows, but he has done so at the world’s biggest venues.
We’ve already mentioned that he’s performing at Madison Square Garden, also during his upcoming tour Justin Bieber will be at Staples Center in Los Angeles, American Airlines Center in Dallas, the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
In past tours, Bieber has performed London’s O2 Arena, Dubai’s The Sevens Stadium, and the Foro Sol in Mexico City.
Number One Artist
For the first time in his career, Justin Bieber topped Billboard’s Artist 100 chart (for the week ending Nov. 28, 2015). That’s a list Billboard created in July of 2014 that measures an artist’s sales, airplay, and social media fan interaction.
Since its inception, the chart has been dominated by Taylor Swift (31 total weeks), The Weeknd (8 weeks), and country artists (5 weeks).
Landing on the top of the Artist 100 isn’t Bieber’s greatest accomplishment but it’ certainly another feather in his cap.
Also, it says that more than five years into his career, the pop singer is showing no signs of slowing down.