Justin Bieber smashes One Direction’s streaming record on Spotify

Canadian singer's new single 'What Do You Mean?' is also set to become his first UK Number One single

Justin Bieber has smashed One Direction‘s first week streaming record on Spotify with his new single ‘What Do You Mean?’.

The boy band racked up 20 million opening week streams when ‘Drag Me Down’ was released last month. But Bieber has passed One Direction with 21 million streams on the music app in just five days.

The track is currently also on course to be the Canadian singer’s first ever UK Number One single this week. 

He has never topped the Official Singles Chart before, but the track is currently outselling last week’s Number One, Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’, which has been knocked down to the Number Two spot.


Bieber’s previous highest entry on the Official Singles Chart was ‘Boyfriend’, which was a Number Two hit in 2012. So far, the singer has had 21 solo Top 40 singles in the UK. 

‘What Do You Mean?’ was produced by Skrillex and is the first to be released from Bieber’s forthcoming new studio album, his first record in three years.

The as-yet-untitled LP is expected on November 13 and will feature collaborations with Drake and Diplo, as well as Skrillex. 

Justin Bieber performed at the MTV Video Music Awards over the weekend (August 30), where he appeared to  break down in tears.

Opening up about the incident during an interview on America’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week, he said: “It was so overwhelming for me, everything. Honestly, I just wasn’t expecting them [the fans] to support me in the way they did.

“Last time I was at an awards show [at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013] I was booed… I think it’s just like I’ve worked so hard at this [new] album and at becoming the man I want to become, and then stepping into situations, you just can’t help but feel judged.

“So I was just feeling judged and wanting to win so badly, and wanting to do what I love so badly that I just put everything on the line. And I think that that was what was so special about the emotional moment at the end, that it was authentic. It was real. I was really just wanting it so bad.”

Watch the video for ‘What Do You Mean?’ below.