After stepping aside last week as a rising hip-hop talent secured his first leader on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Justin Bieber is in charge once again with his latest release Justice.
This week, Justice steps up from the second rung to first place, earning its second frame atop the Billboard 200 in its third turn on the list. This time around, the title moved 74,000 equivalent units, with just 6,000 of those being pure purchases, while most of the rest were streaming equivalents. According to Billboard, Justice is Bieber’s first full-length to spend more than one week on the chart’s throne in more than a decade.
Coming in a very, very close second place is Demi Lovato’s new release Dancing with the Devil… the Art of Starting Over, which almost became the singer’s second No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The set, her seventh top 10 on the tally, also arrives with 74,000 equivalent units shifted, meaning it lost to Justice by fewer than 1,000 units. The project actually sold 38,000 copies in its opening frame and 33,000 equivalent units came from streaming platforms.
Four singles—“Anyone,” “I Love Me,” “I’m Ready” with Sam Smith and “OK Not to Be OK” with Marshmello—have all broken into the top 40 on the Hot 100. When that chart refreshes in a day or so, it’s expected that at least one more track, “Met Him Last Night,” a duet with Ariana Grande, will also find its way to the tally.
Rapper Rod Wave sees his latest album SoulFly descend from No. 1, where it opened last week, to No. 3. Another former chart-topper, Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous, which led the charge for 10 weeks earlier this year, actually lifts to No. 4. The two titles moved 67,000 and 63,000 equivalent units, respectively.
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The second and only other new entrant inside this week’s top 10 on the Billboard 200 comes from hip-hop musician Lil Tjay, who reaches the highest tier for the second time in his career. He hits his career high on the tally once again with new set Destined 2 Win, which kicks off its time on the roster at No. 5 thanks to 62,000 equivalent units, almost all of which come from streaming.
Lead Destined 2 Win single “Calling My Phone” debuted at No. 3 on the Hot 100 earlier this year, giving both Tjay and featured artist 6lack their first placement inside the top 10. Follow-up cut “Headshot” with Polo G and Fivio Foreign peaked at No. 42.
The lower half of the top 10 on this week’s Billboard 200 is largely populated by albums that either hold their place from last frame or descend slightly, with one returning to the arena for another go.
Steady at Nos. 6 and 7 are The Weeknd’s greatest hits collection The Highlights and Pop Smoke’s unstoppable Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, respectively. Down from fourth place to eighth is Carrie Underwood’s My Savior, which is followed by Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia at No. 9 and Luke Combs’ What You See Is What You Get, which improves from No. 14 to No. 10.