March 27, 2013


Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' Is Officially a Monster-Seller

Chiaki Nozu
Chiaki Nozu

The official data is out: Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 units in its debut week, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart and surpassing Billboard's earlier projection by 38,000 copies.

What, you thought it was gonna flop after JT's TV mega-blitz?

Still, the debut week sales for his third album are an incredible achievement. His last album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, opened with 684,000 sold in its debut week. And that was an improvement over his solo debut, Justified, which moved 439,000 in its first week.

And although Timberlake hasn't bested 'N Sync's No Strings Attached debut week sales (2.42 million copies in 2000!), he can rest easy knowing that no one else has, either. That boy band album boasts the best-ever debut week sales and given the overall decline in music sales, that record may stand forever.

Still, JT has plenty to celebrate: The 20/20 Experience scored the 19th best debut week since SoundScan started tracking these things in 1991. And it nabbed the third highest-selling debut week for a male singer of all-time, behind Usher's Confessions and Garth Brooks' Double Live.

So basically, newlyweds Justin & Jessica Biel can afford a night on the town this week. But don't forget to put some aside for retirement, you two!