Justin Bieber sets new US chart record

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Justin Bieber’s seventh album, Changes, has debuted at the top of the US Billboard chart beating a record set by Elvis Presley 59 years ago.

According to the Canadian singer is now the youngest solo artist to achieve seven number one albums, at the age of 25 years.

Elvis was 26 when he scored his seventh chart-topper, with Blue Hawaii in 1961.

Changes, which is Bieber’s first album in four years, sold 231,000 copies last week to reach number one. It also topped the UK chart last week.

The album finds the star reflecting on teen stardom as he enters adulthood, with many of the tracks dedicated to his new wife, model and actress Hailey Baldwin.

Justin Bieber is now officially the youngest solo artist to achieve seven No. 1 albums. (@billboard) February 23 2020

It has enjoyed a warmer reception from US critics than from their UK counterparts; with the New York Times praising Bieber’s “soothing, tender” vocals and “tonally cool R&B”.

The Independent newspaper was more scathing, saying that the lyrics about Baldwin “are so uninspired that (Bieber) may as well be declaring his love for a household appliance”.

“Bieber often veers into cliché,” agreed The Slant, but “there’s a real charm to the songs that rest so deeply (on) trust and commitment.”

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