PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in November/December 2015 for 2 weeks
COMBINED SALES: 2.168 million (September 2017)
RELEASE DATE: November 2015
WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 8th January 2016
Sorry was the second of Justin Bieber’s phenomenally successful singles of 2015.
It was released in November 2015 in the same week as Adele released ‘Hello‘ and it entered the chart at Number 2 behind it. During Adele’s three weeks at Number 1, Sorry finished second each week.
But then, in its fourth week on sale, Sorry climbed up to the top spot in the same week that his other hit, Love Yourself entered the chart at Number 3. The following week, Sorry remained at Number 1 whilst Love Yourself climbed to Number 2. The week after, Love Yourself switched places with Sorry and so Justin Bieber became the first living artist to replace themself at Number 1 since The Beatles managed it in 1963 (with I Want To Hold Your Hand and She Loves You). (Elvis Presley managed it posthumously in 2005 with One Night/I Got Stung and Jailhouse Rock). The situation continued for three further weeks, meaning that, in total, Justin Bieber was at Number 1 and 2 in the chart for four consecutive weeks.
Altogether Sorry spent 13 weeks in the Top Three of the singles chart – an incredible chart record. It spent 18 weeks in the Top 100 in December 2016 !!
By the end of 2015, Love Yourself had combined sales of around 900,000.
On 8th January 2016, Alan Jones in Music Week, confirmed it had become a million seller.
— bpi music (@bpi_music) February 12, 2016
In June 2016, Sorry was confirmed as the first ever single to reach 100 million streams, and therefore a million seller on just streams alone. Other singles went on to repeat this success, including his own Love Yourself and What Do You Mean, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran and Drake’s One Dance.
In August 2016, Sorry was confirmed as three times platinum.
— bpi music (@bpi_music) August 26, 2016
Sorry was the 16th biggest selling single of 2016 with combined sales of 1,013,500 in that year alone! Total sales of Sorry were just under 2 million by the end of 2016.
Justin Bieber has four combined million sellers – Sorry, Love Yourself, What Do You Mean and Cold Water.
In September 2017 combined sales were recorded as 2.168 million including 724,000 downloads.