Earlier today, Billboard revealed that teen icon Justin Bieber sold 374,000 copies of his new album, Believe, which makes it this year’s fastest selling album and the best debut since Drake moved 631,000 copies of Take Care back in November. When you consider the size of the Belieber Nation, though, this number feels a little light, which opens the doorway for a new act to debut at #1 next week.
The top contenders for next week’s crown are Maroon 5 and Linkin Park, both groups that have well-established fanbases and current hit on the charts (“Payphone” and “Burn It Down”, respectively). Industry bible HITS Daily Double has Linkin Park pegged to edge out Maroon 5 after one-day sales, but there’s still a long way to go in this race. When we caught up with Adam Levine and James Valentine on Monday, we asked them if reaching that milestone was one of their goals. (Watch their response in the video above.)
“Would we like to debut at #1? Of course,” Levine confessed. “It’s a really weird climate right now, especially for a band like us [because] we have definitely made some changes in our sound. We always pick the stupidest weeks!”
Well, Maroon 5 fans, there you have it. If you want to see Adam, James and the rest of the fellas with huge smiles on their faces because they beat out Linkin Park and Biebs, now’s the time to make it happen!