Bieber's getting in the Christmas spirit in close-run chart race
Justin Bieber has asked fans not to buy his single ‘Love Yourself’ this week, instead directing them to the NHS charity single ‘A Bridge Over You’.
The Official Charts report that The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir’s ‘A Bridge Over You’ has closed the gap overnight and as of today (December 23), is just 662 combined sales behind Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’, closing from a gap of more than 3,000 on the midweek charts. Last week, Bieber took three of the top five positions in the singles charts, with ‘Love Yourself’ at number one, ‘Sorry’ at number two and ‘What Do You Mean’ at number five.
Bieber tweeted “I’m hearing the UK Christmas race is close, but the [NHS choir] single if for charity, so for one week it’s ok not to be number one. Let’s do the right thing and help them win. It’s Christmas.” He then tweeted a link to buy the NHS track, followed by “this is what it’s all about. Merry Christmas :).”
The Official Charts have also reported that the race is the closest since 2009, which saw Rage Against The Machine‘s ‘Killing In The Name’ edge out Joe McElderry’s ‘The Climb’.
A recent study by Ticketbis shed some light on Bieber’s fanbase, revealing that 21% of Bieber fans would not admit to liking him.
Bieber has attracted 10% more fans in the UK than he had just two years ago, while the 18-30 age group is his fastest growing market.
It is also claimed that 21% of his fans wouldn’t publicly own up to liking him, with Southampton the biggest UK city in terms of its secret Beliebers, with 33% of fans in the city saying they were embarrassed to like the singer.
Sales before midnight tonight will contribute to this year’s UK Christmas number one, with BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart Show with Greg James (between 10am – 1pm on Friday) revealing the winner.
The NHS song is only available to download, with all proceeds from the song to be shared between healthcare charities, including Carers UK and Mind. You can download the song with a percentage also being distributed to Samh (Scotland) and Niamh (Northern Ireland).