Who will prevail come November 13?
In a radio interview, Bieber said he feels One Direction chose Nov. 13 for free promo. "They're not really going on the road much, but we're talking about them right now, so it gives them some promo, right? So, that’s probably why they did it... I think it was strategy on their part because my release date was first."
And for the record, it doesn't phase him. "But whatever. It's whatever. It's going to be fun. I'm excited to see what happens."
What Bieber can see happening right now are tallied pre-order sales that show One Direction is in the lead. According to Hits Daily Double, in Bieber's first three days after the pre-order became available, he has "done less than half of what 1D did in its first day alone."
As of last Monday, Made in the A.M. registered 127k preorders since becoming available towards the end of September, while Purpose comes in at 36.5k. Bieber’s album was up for pre-order last Friday and sits #2 at iTunes, while 1D’s is presently #4 (Adele's 25 claimed #1).
This leads us to ask...