Justin Timberlake Gets #1 On Billboard 200 With 968,000 Copies Sold
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.27.2013
An easy #1...
As expected, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience is #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 968,000 copies. It is his best sales week ever and the 19th-largest week for an album since Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991. His last album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, debuted at #1 in 2006 with 684,000. His 2002 debut Justified debuted and peaked at #2 with 439,000. Timberlake also now has the year's best selling album, eclipsing Mumford & Sons' Babel (658,000).
The album was released on March 19 and far surpassed initial predictions of 500,000 or more, which were made a week before it was out. By Sunday, those predictions grew to 950,000-975,000.
Last year, there were only 11 albums that sold more in all of 2012 what Timberlake sold in a single week. Last year's biggest seller was Adele's 21 (4.4 million) and the 11th-biggest was Maroon 5's Overexposed (988,000). 20/20 has the third-largest sales week for a male singer in this era, behind only Usher's Confessions (2004) and Garth Brooks' Double Live (1998). The sets debuted with 1.10 million and 1.09 million, respectively.
It was also a huge digital seller, as it moved 452,000 downloads in its first week. This is the third-largest week ever for a digital album, behind Lady Gaga's Born This Way (662,000 in 2011) and Taylor Swift's Red (465,000 in 2012). Timberlake's cumulative US album sales have also crossed the 9 million mark to 9.2 million. Justified sold 3.8 million and FutureSex sold 4.4 million.
The only other debut this week is Kacey Musgraves' Same Trailer Different Park, which comes in at #2 with a mere 43,000 copies. It is, however, #1 on the Country Albums chart.
Pink's The Truth About Love is benefiting from its third single "Just Give Me A Reason" (featuring Nate Ruess), as it climbs 11-5 with 36,000 copies sold. Imagine Dragons' Night Visions is helped by the songs "Radioactive" and "It's Time", as it climbs 12-6 with 29,000.
1. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (968,000)
2. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park (43,000)
3. Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox (41,000)
4. Luke Bryan - Spring Break...Here To Party (38,000)
5. Pink - The Truth About Love (36,000)
6. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (29,000)
7. Bon Jovi - What About Now (29,000)
8. Les Miserables soundtrack (28,000)
9. Mumford & Sons - Babel (27,000)
10. Rihanna - Unapologetic (26,000)
Album sales this week totaled 6.1 million, up 9% compared to last week (5.6 million) and up 11% compared to last year (5.5 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 67.5 million, down 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (71.7 million).