September 22, 2015


One Direction & Justin Bieber Dropping LPs on Same Day: Who'll Be No. 1?

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Update (9/22): It's official! One Direction will go head-to-head with Justin Bieber on the charts when they release their just-announced Made in the A.M. album.

As stated in our report below, One Direction has sent all four of their records to No. 1 while the Biebs has now sent five albums to the top slot, including his last four. Someone's not going to get a fifth-in-a-row No. 1 record, and we think this previews a bloody chart battle.

As we wait for Made in the A.M. and Bieber's currently untitled LP, there isn't a clear winner for who will debut at the chart's summit. One Direction just earned their biggest single in years with the Zayn Malik-less "Drag Me Down," which set a new 24-hour stream record on Spotify with 20 million listens. But then along came Bieber with his comeback single "What Do You Mean?" which surpassed 1D's initial record with 21 million streams; the single also debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100. 

Both acts are at turning points in their careers (1D as a quartet, Bieber as a reformed bad boy), but who will end up getting the No. 1 LP in the country? Vote now and leave your reasoning why below.

Whose Album Will Debut at No. 1?

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Original story (9/15): The pop universe as we know it may be on the verge of exploding: One Direction could be releasing their new album the same day as Justin Bieber's. (It's worth noting that last week's 1D release date rumor proved untrue.)

Music industry outlet Hits Daily Double reported the rumor that 1D will drop their as-yet-untitled new LP on November 13, which is the same date Bieber announced for his new record earlier this month.

The pop phenomenons going head-to-head on the charts is bound to be bloody battle between fans. One Direction has sent all four of their albums to No. 1 while Bieber has now sent five LPs to the top slot, including his last four. Someone's not going to get that fifth-in-a-row No. 1 record.

On top of that, both sets mark important steps in both artists' careers: This will mark One Direction's first album without original member Zayn Malik, while Bieber's new release will be his first after a scandal-filled 2014. Directioners and Beliebers will be eager to prove that their artist is still on top despite their tribulations.

Should the release dates prove true, it's going to be an intense album battle that hasn't been seen in a long time. We honestly don't know if the music industry is ready.

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