Justin Timberlake new album Man of the Woods is No. 1 on Billboard.
The former N’SYNC lead singer released his fifth solo album on February 2nd and despite less than predicted first-week sales, he debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The project sold 293,000 equivalent album units in the first seven days with a whopping 242,000 copies being traditional album sales. The album was originally predicted to sell over 300,000 units but falls short when the final tally came in. Man of the Woods also sold 15,000 vinyl copies.
Justin Timberlake also has the best first-week sales since the start of the year which is a clear sign that albums aren’t selling like they use to. In fact it’s the highest selling first week sales since Taylor Swift dropped her album Reputation in December last year which sold 1.24 million units in the first seven days. JT sophomore album sold 439,000 copies in the first week when it debut in 2002 but fell one spot shot of debuting at No. 1 on the chart.
Timberlake’s 2013 album The 20/20 Experience sold a whopping 968,000 in the first week to debut at the top of the chart. That album remains his biggest selling first-week sales and the 19th biggest since Neilsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991. Last week Sunday, Justine Timberlake performed a medley of some of his biggest singles at Super Bowl 52 halftime show where he paid homage to the late Prince.
Timberlake toppled Migos‘ Culture II which slips one spot to No. 1 after debuting at the top of the chart last week. The album sold 88,000 units in the second week, a drop of 56 percent from the first week. The Greatest Showman soundtrack also slips one place to No. 3 from No. 2 after selling 81,000 units. Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) climb one spot from 5 to 4 after selling an additional 40,000 copies. Bruno Mars rounds out the top five with 24K Magic selling 35,000 copies over the last week.