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Justin Bieber and Sam Smith set chart records, don’t you know?

By | Published on Monday 7 September 2015

Sam Smith

Justin Bieber scored the highest first-week streams for a new single ever in the UK to take the number one spot with ‘What Do You Mean’ on Friday.

Across the chart-reporting streaming platforms, the angelic Biebster received 3.2 million plays of his new record during its first week online, smashing into tiny little smithereens the record set only last month by One Direction, whose track ‘Drag Me Down’ was streamed just over two million times in its first week out. If only the 1D boys were top nice guys like the Bieber, perhaps they too could have passed the God-like three million point.

Though that’s still a pretty mediocre record to set when placed next to this one. Sammy Smith has only had his debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ in the UK top ten for 67 bloody weeks now – which – fact fans note, is the longest unbroken run in the top ten ever. For a debut album. Smith gazumps that Emeli Sandé you all used to like, who previously held the record with ‘Our Version Of Events’, and who in turn took the record from a once popular pop combo called The Beatles.

“This moment is one to tell the grandkids and maybe their grandkids”, said Smith on hearing of his chart achievement. Which suggests he’s planning a pretty impressive life-span too.