Justin Timberlake has had a whirlwind year. He released two albums, reunited with ‘N Sync at the VMAs, hosted SNL five times, has racked up seven Grammy nominations, and just got nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for his performance in Inside Llewyn Davis. If that’s not enough, then Timberlake has a new honor to celebrate.
It was just announced by Billboard that his two disc album “The 20/20 Experience“ managed to grab the top spot on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. This is an honor that hasn’t happened since 2005. As a solo male artist, the last person to accomplish a feat was 50 Cent with his album “The Massacre.”
It’s not a total shocker that Timberlake would grab the coveted spot. According to Nielsen SoundScan, his album still currently holds the number 1 best selling spot as it has sold 968,00 copies in its first week alone. His first disc spent three weeks at number 1 and his second album, while not a critical success, still debuted as number back in October.
The success of his first album of “The 20/20 Experience” was due to smash hits, including the ultra-cool re-introduction into the music world with “Suit & Tie” which featured an unexpected verse by Jay Z. The second was his mature, touching ballad, “Mirrors,” which hit number 2. For Timberlake, this is the first time as a solo artist that he has hit the top spot on the Top Billboard 200. As a member of ‘N Sync, he was featured as number one with “No Strings Attached.”
Funny enough, ‘N Sync still holds the record of fastest selling pop record in a day due to the changing digital format and the decline of album sales in general. Back in 2000, the boys sold 2.42 million in a day. These days, it isn’t every day that people score the sales that JT does, and that’s exactly why he’s number one.