PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in December 2015 (for 3 weeks) and again in January 2016 (for 3 weeks)
COMBINED SALES: 2.26 million (August 2018)
RELEASE DATE: November 2015
WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 6th February 2016
Love Yourself was the third of Justin Bieber’s monster selling singles of 2015. It has quite a story.
It was released in November 2015 and entered the chart at Number 3. It climbed to Number 2 in the following week. This gave Bieber the rare honour of claiming the top two singles in the chart, the Number 1 being his other hit ‘Sorry’. In its third week on sale, Love Yourself switched places with Sorry and so he became the first living artist to replace themself at Number 1 since The Beatle 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.
Love Yourself was looking likely to be the 2015 Christmas Number 1, however, Bieber unexpectedly publicly recommended the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir’s ‘A Bridge Over You’ and so that single flew to the top instead and his song stayed at Number 2.
The week after Christmas, Love Yourself returned to the top of the chart for three more weeks. The first of these weeks had Sorry at Number 2 again. In the meantime, his previous single What Do You Mean had been climbing back up the charts, and so, in the chart for 8th January 2016, Justin Bieber occupied Numbers 1, 2 and 3!! This was the first time in history that an artist had done this! A truly remarkable achievement! The following week Shawn Mendes’ Stitches climbed to Number 2 and then Mendes finally knocked Bieber off the top spot – a place he had almost monopolised since September 2015!!
By the end of 2015, Love Yourself had combined sales of around 718,000.
On 6th February 2016, the single had made its millionth combined sale.
— bpi music (@bpi_music) March 4, 2016
On 6th April 2016, the OCC announced that Love Yourself had 668,000 combined sales in 2016. The single had been streamed 77.5 million streams so far including 40.4 million in 2016 alone.
— bpi music (@bpi_music) October 28, 2016
Love Yourself was the 8th biggest selling single of 2016 with combined sales of 1,141,500 in that year alone!
Love Yourself is one of five singles to have become a million seller on streams alone – being streamed 100 million times. The others are Sorry and What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran and Drake’s One Dance.
Love Yourself was the first non-single to reach Number 1 – it wasn’t in fact released as a single; it was an album track.
Love Yourself was co-written by Ed Sheeran!
The song, of course, inspired a ‘response’ single: Love Yourself Vs F*ck Yourself by Yo Preston featuring Kelly Kiara.
In August 2018 sales were confirmed as 2.26 million.