Justin Timberlake‘s long-awaited comeback album, The 20/20 Experience, did remarkably well in its first week of release, officially coming in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. But even the almighty J.T. couldn’t hit the increasingly rare milestone last touched by Taylor Swift in November: the ever-elusive one million albums sold in a single week.
Instead, The 20/20 Experience fell just short of the marker Timberlake’s old band, *NSYNC, reached in a single day back in 2000 with No Strings Attached. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Timberlake’s latest solo effort moved 968,000 copies in its first week.
Still, as Billboard notes, the numbers are quite impressive. The 20/20 Experience had the 19th-largest week ever since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991, a success for any era but especially in the digital age.
Timberlake’s 20/20 is also the biggest-selling album for a male artist since Lil Wayne sold 1.01 million copies of Tha Carter III in 2008, and the third-ever largest album debut for a male singer, behind Usher‘s Confessions in 2004 (1.10 million) and Garth Brooks‘ Double Live in 1998 (1.09 million).
The rest of the week’s Billboard charts will be revealed Wednesday, March 27.
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