Believe Acoustic performed strongly with digital retailers, as 75% of its sales were generated by downloads. That robust digital share was expected, thanks in part to strong pre-orders via iTunes. Industry sources suggest that iTunes’ pre-orders equated to around 20%-25% of the album’s overall first-week. The set became available to pre-order more than a month before its release — on Dec. 21, 2012 — likely benefitting from download gift card redemptions after Christmas.
(Reuters) – Canadian pop star Justin Bieber became the youngest artist to land five chart-topping albums in the United States on Wednesday when his latest record, “Believe Acoustic,” debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart.
“Believe Acoustic,” which features stripped down versions of Bieber’s songs from his fourth No. 1 album, “Believe,” released last June, as well as three new songs, sold 211,000 copies in its first week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.