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Justin Bieber steals Spotify streaming record from One Direction

He laid his heart out and has been rewarded

Fresh off his public crying session at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, self-realized man and pop star Justin Bieber has a reason to cheer up. The first single, "What Do You Mean?," off his upcoming album due out this November has just become the most streamed track on Spotify in its first week. With 21 million streams in only five days, Bieber's track beat out One Direction's "Drag Me Down," which notched around 20 million streams in its first week last month thanks in part to it being the first track the group released after the apocalyptic departure of former member Zayn Malik.

One Direction held the previous record with 20 million streams in a week

The 21-year-old singer has had a rough couple of years since he released Journals in 2013. When he wasn't engaging in the occasional throwdown with law enforcement over driving drunk or throwing eggs at his neighbor's home, he was making headlines for being outright dismissive during video depositions related to charges of battery brought against him by photographers. He's begun making moves to repair his public image, however, including offering himself up as a victim to Comedy Central Roast and apparently getting emotional during live performances.

"I worked so hard at the album. I've worked so hard at just becoming the man that I want to become and then stepping into situations you can't help but feel judged," Bieber told talk show host Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday when asked why he teared up at the VMAs. "What was so special about the emotional moment, it was authentic and real. I was just wanting it so bad." Now, he has a reward for his hard work: Ousting One Direction from the Spotify throne.