There’s going to be a lot of crying among Justin Bieber fans today, though they’ll be flooding their cheeks with tears of joy. The 16-year-old pop munchkin has hit #1 on Billboard‘s Top 200 Albums chart with his second album, My World 2.0. The publication notes that Bieber is the youngest solo male artist to top the Billboard 200 since 1963, when a 13-year-old Stevie Wonder spent one week at #1 with Little Stevie Wonder/The 12 Year Old Genius.
Congrats, Justin. Raise a glass of chocolate milk in celebration!
My World 2.0 managed to sell 283,000 copies in its first week. See that? Never underestimate the power of credit card-wielding cougars—or Justin’s ability to flirt with them. Meanwhile, Bieber’s first My World album moves up from #10 to #5 on the chart.
It’ll be interesting to see if JB’s BFF and mentor Usher can knock his Canadian protege off the throne next week with his own new album, Raymond v. Raymond.
Elsewhere, 15 years after first hitting the charts with her first studio album Miss Thang, Monica returns with her aptly-titled sixth LP Still Standing, which goes in at #2 on the strength of 184,000 copies sold. It’s been a hot minute (and by that we mean seven years) since Monica had a decent-sized hit single on her hands, but “Everything To Me” has been steadily climbing the Hot 100 (this week it’s at #47), and it managed to top the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart last week.
And finally, Zooey Deschanel and her musical pal M. Ward can pop a cork, as their project She & Him claims a #6 debut with sophomore album Volume Two. The pair sold 47,000 copies of its second set in its first week on sale. Their first record, Volume One, peaked at #71 in 2008.
The Top 10 of Billboard‘s Top 200 Albums:
1. Justin Bieber, My World 2.0 *new*
2. Monica, Still Standing *new*
3. Various Artists, Now That’s What I Call Music! *new*
4. Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
5. Justin Bieber, My World
6. She & Him, Volume Two *new*
7. Ludacris, Battle Of The Sexes
8. Lady Gaga, The Fame
9. Marvin Sapp, Here I Am
10. The Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.