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Justin Bieber's new album flops

Justin Bieber's popularity appears to be plummeting: Photo © Justin Bieber's new album flops Photo

Justin Bieber's new album has become the lowest-charting of his career to date - failing to make it into the UK Top 40.

The 19-year-old pop star - who had a difficult year in 2013 following a string of controversies that included allegedly spitting on his fans and several run-ins with the law - released compilation album Journals in December.

Journals includes all ten of his recent #MusicMondays single releases, as well as five new tracks. It meant fans could purchase singles and then use the "Complete My Album" feature on iTunes to pay a lower price, or wait to buy the full set all at once.

So far Journals has peaked at number 46 in the UK charts. Around the world it has reached 35 in Australia, 64 in Ireland, 38 in Italy and 174 in France.

In the US, Billboard has been informed that iTunes will not disclose the sales numbers for Journals to Nielsen SoundScan, meaning the album will not appear on the chart.

Bieber's previous album Believe went straight to number one in most territories when it was released back in 2012.

The news follows the poor performance of Bieber's latest film Believe, which took 3.1 million dollars (£1.89 million) during its first three days in the US. In comparison his first film Never Say Never made 29.5 million dollars (£17.98 million) in the first three days of its release in 2011.

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