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Justin Bieber Lands Second No. 1 Down Under, Adele's '25' Continues Hot Streak

Katy Perry: 'I Was Not Allowed to Read' Harry Potter Books

Sia Is 'Unstoppable' on New Empowerment Anthem


AdeleJustin Bieber Lands Second No. 1 Down Under, Adele's '25' Continues Hot Streak

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Justin Bieber has scored his second chart-topper Down Under while Adele’s 25 (XL/Remote Control) secures a third week atop Australia's albums chart.

Bieber’s “Love Yourself” (Def Jam/Universal) climbs 2-1 in its fourth week on the ARIA Singles Chart and earns platinum certification (70,000 units) in the process. The Canadian pop star landed his first No. 1 in September when “What Do You Mean” started a four-week stint at the summit. He's the first artist to land two chart-topping singles in Australia this year.

Bieber's "Love Yourself" nudges out Adele’s triple platinum “Hello,” which held the top spot for six weeks (one short of equaling her all-time best). Rounding out the top five is Bieber's "Sorry," which stays put at No. 3; Shawn Mendes’ "Stitches" (Def Jam), which holds at No. 4 and Duke Dumont's "Ocean Drive" (Virgin/EMI), which is unchanged at No. 5. Among the biggest gainers this week is Coldplay’s “Adventure Of A Lifetime” (Parlophone/Warner) which rises 36-20 to give the British group its 11th top 20 single in Australia.

Bieber also manages a rare trifecta on ARIA’s Streaming Tracks Chart with “Love Yourself” (No. 1), “Sorry” (No. 2) and “What Do You Mean” (No. 3).

On the ARIA Albums Chart, meanwhile, Adele’s 25 holds off Coldplay’s new album A Head Full Of Dreams, which bows at No. 2. Adele’s third album is now six-times platinum certified (420,000 units plus) and her previous albums continue to make an impression on the chart: 21 and 19 are at No. 15 and No. 26, respectively.

The top 5 is filled by Michael Buble’s Christmas (Reprise/Warner), which stays at No. 3; Bieber’s Purpose, which drops 2-4 and Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Big Machine/Universal), which remains at No. 5.
Just outside the top five is Troye Sivan's debut album Blue Neighbourhood (EMI), which starts at No. 6. The homegrown singer and producer led the national albums survey in September with the EP Wild, which features the song of the same name (it’s also the lead track on Blue Neighbourhood).

And sorry, Psy. Adele has outpaced the South Korean pop star on the race to 1 billion views on YouTube.

The streaming service announced Thursday that her music video for "Hello" greeted its 1 billionth view in 87 days, breaking the 158-day record held by Psy's "Gangnam Style."

"If anyone deserves it, it's Adele and that song," said Susanne Daniels, the head of original programming at YouTube.

YouTube said 17 videos have reached 1 billion views.

Other music videos in the billionaire club include Maroon 5's "Sugar," Major Lazer's "Lean On," OneRepublic's "Counting Stars," LMFAO's "Party Rock" and Sia's "Chandelier."

There are several music videos on the cusp of reaching 1 billion views, including Shakira's "Waka Waka," Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do."

YouTube said the feat is still rare, but newer music videos such as Katy Perry's "Roar" and Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" achieved it at a faster pace than older ones like Justin Bieber's "Baby" and Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie."

"Hello" spent its first 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

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Katy Perry: 'I Was Not Allowed to Read' Harry Potter Books

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Don't go asking Katy Perry what Hogwarts house she would be in (Gryffindor, for the record): She's Hogwarts illiterate.

"I know Harry Potter, but I've never read the books, nor have I seen the movies because growing up, I was not allowed to read the books," Perry, who would have been about 14 when the books got big, told People. (Psst, Katy: It's not too late!)

Perry has been open about her ultra-religious upbringing before, and she shared once again that was the reason behind her lack of interest in J.K. Rowling's iconic series.

"Growing up, I wasn't allowed to have any fantastical, enchanting stuff around me," she said. "It's funny that now I'm doing a little bit of a magic-potion-themed perfume."

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Sia Is 'Unstoppable' on New Empowerment Anthem

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Sia just dropped the latest track off her album This Is Acting, and from first listen, it clearly follows in the lineage of emotional barn-burners that have become her trademark. The single, "Unstoppable," boasts lyrics like "I'm unstoppable/I'm a Porsche with no brakes/I'm invincible/Yeah, I win every single game."

The song is reminiscent of something we would hear from Rihanna -- which makes sense considering Sia has penned hit songs for her before ("Diamonds") and This Is Acting is actually a collection of songs Sia wrote for other artists that were never used.

"Unstoppable" is proving to be just that on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart. The song jumped to No. 1 upon its release, becoming Sia's third straight chart-topper.

"Unstoppable" is the sixth track we've heard so far from the new album, following "Alive," "Bird Set Free," "One Million Bullets," "Cheap Thrills" and "Reaper." (Sia told Rolling Stone that those last two were written specifically with Rihanna in mind.) Fortunately, hearing Sia resort to singing her own songs herself is one heck of a silver lining.

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