Justin Bieber breaks streaming records in scoring first UK number one single

'What Do You Mean?' was streamed 3.2 million times in the UK in a week, and sold 84,000 copies

Justin Bieber has scored his first ever UK number one single with ‘What Do You Mean?’, at the same time breaking both the UK and Spotify (global) records for the most first-week streams.

The UK streaming record is only a month old, having been set by One Direction for ‘Drag Me Down’ last month. The figure is a cumulative one, based on numbers from Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play and others combined.

The single also topped the record for most single-week streams on Spotify, achieving nearly 22 million listens globally between its release on August 28 and yesterday (September 4).

The single sold a total of 84,000 copies in its first week.


‘What Do You Mean?’ also reached number one in the American charts.

It hasn’t been a perfect week for Beiber, however, after Girls writer Lena Dunham seemed to have accused the Skrillex-produced single of promoting rape culture, something she later denied.

On Ryan Seacrest’s show ‘On Air With Ryan Seacrest’, Bieber explained the song as follows:

“Well, girls are often just flip-floppy. They say something and they mean something else. So, what do you mean? I don’t really know, that’s why I’m asking.”

View the video for the single below: