Justin Bieber's new album 'Journals' fails to make Top 40

The pop star's latest album went in the Official Albums Chart at Number 46

Justin Bieber's new album 'Journals' fails to make Top 40

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Justin Bieber's latest album 'Journals' has failed to make the Top 40 in the UK Official Albums Chart.

The pop star scored his lowest charting album to date in the first week of sales, peaking at Number 46 on December 28. As of this week's chart (January 5), the album is currently at 94.

The way the album was released is likely to be the cause of its low-charting position. It was an iTunes-only release, and 10§ of the tracks had already been available to fans via the singer's 'Music Mondays' weekly single release series. This allowed fans to buy individual tracks early before using the 'Complete My Album' feature to pay a reduced price for the full album.

Justin Bieber's last album 'Believe' went straight in at Number One on its release in 2012.

At the end of last year (December 2013), Bieber's representatives were forced to deny reports that the singer may be retiring after he tweeted to his fans: "My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring."

"Regarding his recent tweeting about his 'retirement' Justin felt that this was the best way to respond to the latest in a long line of inaccurate or wildly exaggerated media reports about him," his representative Allison Kaye said. "He chose to channel his frustration into playing along with this baseless rumor and even used 'beloved' to tip off his core fans that it wasn't real."

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