January 21, 2013


Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" Makes History

Tom Munro/RCA Records
Tom Munro/RCA Records

Justin Timberlake's first single in six years is already in the record books. "Suit & Tie," featuring Jay-Z and produced by Timbaland, dropped last week and, according to Billboard, wracked up more first-week plays than any song in history. Hyped by a tease campaign, the release entered the Pop Songs chart at No. 14, making it the highest-ever debut for a male artist—and the second highest ever. The only song to ever beat it is Mariah Carey's 1993 single "Dreamlover," which bowed at No. 12. 

And what male artist did JT kick out of the history books? Jon Secada! Up until, now his 1994 hit "If You Go" (which bowed at No. 19) had held the record highest debut from a male artist. Sorry Secada!