Who said consumers don’t buy albums anymore? Justin Timberlake‘s third album, The 20/20 Experience, will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart tomorrw, selling almost a million copies its first week in stores. According to Hits Daily Double, the “Suit & Tie” crooner’s album sold 980,622 copies since dropping on Tuesday, March 19. The final sales numbers will be announced tomorrow morning via Soundscan, so there is a possible that JT’s album can still crack the million in one week mark. Today’s number blew by previous estimates that had the album selling about 750,000 units its first week. The former boy band member’s last album, 2007′s Future Sex Love Sounds, sold 648,000 copies its first week in stores. Next up for Timberlake is the Legend of the Summer stadium tour, which he is co-headlining with Jay-Z and kicks of July 17. The duo is also headlining the Wireless Festival 2013 in London about a week before their tour set out.
The highly anticipated comeback of Justin Timberlake is proving to be well worth the wait. The Pop stars new album The 20/20 Experience received early projections of half a million copies, and now all reports are pointing to sales approaching 900,000 copies, and possibly reaching a million by next week. According to Billboard, Timberlake’s first album in over six years is on track to sell between 850,000 and 900,000 copies in its opening week. There is already talk that 20/20 could top 900k if it performs strongly over the weekend. Justin’s “Legends of the Summer” tourmate Jay-Z was already popping champagne. “JT x 1 million? Getting my ‘Suit and Tie’ ready for the celebration,” tweeted Hov. “Is that the D’USSE talking? Haha! You’re out of your mind, Hov!” responded a humble J.T. The blockbuster sales will easily give him the best-selling album of the year so far and the best-ever sales week of his solo career. His previous album, 2006′s FutureSex/LoveSounds, entered at No. 1 with 684,000.
Justin Timberlake might be working on a second release this year. The former boy band member has been taking over just about every television and performing opportunity in the land, to promote his forthcoming The 20/20 Experience album, and rumor has it that this fall will bring another release. The news was revealed on the Okay Player message boards, with ?uestlove writing that JT was planning to drop a follow-up in November. The Philly native was responding to comments about Timberlake’s soon-to-be-released third album, his first in seven years. “Its constructive criticism,” he wrote about the negative feedback. “I will say the album is OVERLY ambitious. like a LOT of ideas crammed into one.” And then he dropped a jewel. “Spoiler alert. 20/20 Vol 2 comes out in nov. (10 songs now…..10 songs later= 20 vision).” Timberlake hasn’t yet confirmed the report, but if it came from ?uestlove, it’s probably true. Fans waiting for the second installment of The 20/20 Experience can tide themselves over with part one, which drops March 19.
During SXSW, Yahoo announced their first international music festival with Hova and King Kendrick as headliners. Dubbed as Yahoo! On The Road, the 21-stop trek begins begins May 3 in New York. The tour continues in the states with J.Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Trey Songz will be added to the string of UK shows July 9-14. All aboard.
Timbaland celebrated his 41st birthday with his wife Monique Idlett and a small list of industry friends Thursday, March 14, at Southern Hospitality, a Memphis BBQ restaurant in New York City. As one would expect, long time friend and collaborator Missy Elliott was in attendance. Other attendees included the current golden boy Justin Timberlake, who showed face with his spouse Jessica Biel by his side, Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, and even Chelsea Clinton. Yes, we’re as weirded out by the last one as you are. Elliott made sure to publicly wish Timbo a happy birthday on Twitter. “Happy Birthday Bro we come from the Bottom together my Nig! *drakevoice* Love u may God Bless u 2 C many More Bdays!” It’s our guess that the festive gathering was also a celebration of Timbaland’s resurgence, most of which has to do with the praises he’s receiving for his work on Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which he fully produced. Just a few days ago, the Virginia producer alluded that he had more up his sleeve, tweeting “and just think u aint heard nothing yet haha i’m just gettin started.”
Beyonce’s ‘alleged’ new album track-list was leaked today and R&B Singer/Writer Ne-yo is happy to know that he’s included in that lineup. The new album entitled “Mrs. Carter,” is set to feature artists such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Sia, her sister Solange, hubby Jay-Z, Azealia Banks and Ne-Yo.
“I saw that Beyoncé’s tracklisting just leaked and I’ve got a couple of joints on there, which is good news. I’m very happy about that. Asked if he believed the leaked tracklist was real, he said: “I don’t know, I mean you never really can tell until the album comes out.” On the process of working with Beyoncé on the LP, he explained: “I’ve heard some songs from the album so I knew what direction I should be going in. The last thing you want to do is write a song that makes no sense with the direction of the album, so she let me hear some stuff so I knew where to aim. “I can’t say much else as I’ve been sworn to secrecy! I’m actually happy that no songs have leaked from it yet. Hopefully this is a sign for the future – that music can come out when it’s actually supposed to come out.”
Here’s the supposed track-list:
01. Ratchet (feat. Lady Gaga & Azealia Banks)
02. Back 2 Business (feat. Jay-Z)
03. Roller Coaster (feat. Justin Timberlake)
04. Visions (feat. Sia)
05. Dance (I’m Soon Over) (feat. Rihanna)
06. More Than Sex (feat. Ne-Yo)
07. Better Than Ever Before (feat. Solange Knowles)
11. It’s All Over