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Justin Bieber may have more than 10 million Twitter followers, and a hit with his documentary Never Say Never — but that doesn’t translate into newsstand sales for the magazine covers he graces.
The February Vanity Fair that featured the 17-year-old covered in lipstick kisses is on track to become the worst selling issue in 12 years, Women’s Wear Daily reports. It may also become one of the three worst sellers for the magazine since Graydon Carter was named editor in chief in 1992.
“Who knew 12-year-olds didn’t buy magazines?” said a Vanity Fair spokeswoman.
It’s sold 246,000 copies, according to Audit Bureau of Circulation’s’ Rapid Report — which is not yet audited, so numbers could change slightly.
But if the numbers remain, the Bieber cover will be the magazine’s lowest-selling cover since July 1999, when Will Smith appeared on a black stallion to promote Wild, Wild West. That sold 202,701 copies. The second-lowest selling cover was in July 1993, featuring Harrison Ford, which sold 243,000 copies.
Bieber didn’t only lower numbers for Vanity Fair. His October 2010 Teen Vogue cover sold 121,054 copies, which is about 12 percent below the magazine’s 2010 average, WWD points out.
People’s April 2010 Bieber cover sold 961,762 copies, which was down 25 percent from its annual sales in 2010, and became the third worst seller of the weekly that year.
Stats aren’t yet available for Bieber appearing on Rolling Stone.
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