Justin Timberlake has soared into the record books with his new album ‘The 20/20 Experience’ proving incredibly popular on its first week of release.
The album, Timberlake’s third as a solo artist, was expected to sell 1m copies in America and though it failed to reach that landmark did shift 968,000 copies in just one week on sale. This makes ‘The 20/20 Experience’ the fastest selling album of 2013 so far. Taylor Swift was the last artist to sell as many albums in one week with her 2012 album ‘Red’. The figures are particularly high for a male artist with Billboard reporting that only Lil Wayne selling as many albums in one week when he released ‘Tha Carter III’ in 2008. making for the biggest opening week of 2013. Taylor Swift’s 2012 album Red was the last record to sell as many copies in its opening week.
The album is the third-biggest debut for a solo male singer ever in America, behind ‘Confessions’ by Usher and Garth Brooks’ 1998 album ‘Double Live’.
‘The 20/20 Experience’ is also Number One in America with the album knocking David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ off the top spot on Sunday (March 24). The ‘Mirrors’ singer notched up sales of nearly 106,000 copies in the UK. ‘The 20/20 Experience’ outsold the rest of this week’s Top Five combined, according to the Official Charts Company. Timberlake’s previous two albums, 2002’s ‘Justified’ and 2006’s ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’, both reached the Official UK Number One top spot in their debut week in the chart.