Christmas has come early for Justin Bieber: His festive album has rocketed to the top of the Billboard 200 chart. “Under the Mistletoe” has debuted at No. 1 with 210,000 first-week sales.
It’s the first holiday song collection by a male artist to enter at No. 1 in the 55-year history of the Billboard 200 chart, and only the eighth Christmas album to occupy the top spot. The only other festive album to debut atop the countdown is Susan Boyle’s “The Gift” last year.
The other six holiday albums to top the Billboard 200 were Josh Groban’s “Noel,” Kenny G’s “Miracles – the Holiday Album,” Mitch Miller’s “Holiday Sing Along With Mitch” and “Christmas Sing-Along With Mitch,” “Merry Christmas” by Bing Crosby, and Elvis Presley’s “Elvis’ Christmas Album,” which was the first holiday chart-topper, in 1957.
“Under the Mistletoe” is Bieber’s third No. 1 album, making him the first solo artist to land three releases at the top of the countdown before turning 18. The teenager tops a chart that is full of high new entries: Rapper Wale debuts “Ambition” at No. 2, country sweetheart Miranda Lambert’s “Four the Record” bows at No. 3 and Scottish singer Boyle scores a third successive top 5 hit with “Someone to Watch Over Me” at No. 4.