In a highly anticipated musical comeback after an almost seven-year hiatus, the pop superstar has scored a No. 1 debut with The 20/20 Experience, which sold 968,000 copies in its first week since dropping on March 19, according to SoundScan.
20/20 is Timberlake’s second chart-topping album, surpassing early industry predictions to earn the Grammy-winner singer his best sales week ever; it marks the 19th-largest week for any album since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.
In the follow-up to his classic FutureSex/LoveSounds, the Grammy-winning singer almost abandons the instantly gratifying pop of his “SexyBack” past. The new release, which has earned praise from critics, emphasizes sprawling sets, explores genre-bending beats with R&B and soul tinges, and employs a modern twist on old-school sounds.
Revving up to his musical return, Timberlake hit the publicity trail hard, from hitting the stage at the 2013 Grammy Awards and performing during Super Bowl weekend to doing double duty on Saturday Night Live and appearing all-week-long on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Then to mark the 20/20‘s official release, Timberlake hit the small screen for an hour-long CW special the same day the album dropped. In addition to performing and premiering the music video for his second 20/20 single, “Mirrors,” during Target Presents the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Justin Timberlake, the singer confirmed speculation that he will be dropping a sequel.
“Let me clear a rumor up,” Timberlake told host Ryan Seacrest at the El Rey Theatre, addressing how Roots drummer Questlove revealed that Timberlake’s 10-song album would be followed up by another 10 tracks in November. “The news that this is only the first half of the album, that’s true. There is another half. I’m not giving you a release date. That’s all I’m gonna say!”
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