Justin Timberlake’s ‘20/20 Experience’ Debuts at No. 1 with 968,000

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake can officially celebrate. The pop superstar makes a huge comeback on the charts with his new album The 20/20 Experience, which sold nearly a million copies in its first week.

The 10-track set debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with final sales of 968,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It marks his second No. 1 album and best sales week of his solo career. His previous project, 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, debuted at No. 1 with 684,000, while his debut, 2002’s Justified, entered at No. 2 with 439,000.

According to Billboard, the album also makes history as the 19th-largest sales week for an album since SoundScan started tracking data in 1991. The all-time record is held by Timberlake’s former group, ‘N Sync, whose album No Strings Attached debuted at No. 1 with 2.42 million in 2000.

20/20 scores the biggest sales week since Taylor Swift’s Red, which moved 1.2 million units in November 2012. Among male artists, Timberlake has the largest week in nearly five years, trailing Lil Wayne’s 2008 album Tha Carter III (1.01 million).

A 10-track follow-up to The 20/20 Experience is due later this year.

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67 Comments

  1. Morgan

    The album is very good. I didn’t fall in love with songs upon a first or second listen, but that’s fine because it’s truly a grower. JT & Timbaland could’ve taken the easy way out and follow in the footsteps with the rest of the “in-crowd” but I’m so grateful people still have respect for GREAT music. Congrats, well deserved!

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Morgan, HAHAHA Yeah but it didn’t sell a million and it’s still not even in Confessions’ league. It’s sort of like a slap in the face. J. Thicke came so close but didn’t make the million club!!! The album should have been called “Timbaland Presents: The 20/20 Experience.” Maybe J. Thicke can go make some more bad movies. lol

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Ursula, U are one of the most bitter people I see on here, u sound ridiculous, as usual…please go away…far, far away!!

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    Morgan Reply:

    @Ursula, Haha, well as a huge fan of Usher I have no qualms about numbers. I don’t think this is a flop because it’ll hit a million in no time. A flop is putting together a solid album and failing to sell 100K in the first week or receiving praise for all the hard work, period. Countless artists fall short of selling a million in the first week and are still met with outstanding critical and commercial reception. Does my heart well to see my favorite artists on the receiving end of success. I look forward to Usher’s upcoming release and will support him just as I support JT. Both are staples of the music industry and have been for a long time.

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  2. Speechless

    BOW!!! Get it JT!!!!

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  3. LOL

    Where the children that said he was washed up?
    LOL you kids need to stop doubting these veterans man! Timbaland and JT did it again!

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    Ursula Reply:

    @LOL, I agree he is washed up. He should be on knees thanking Timbo for these sales. Everyone knows that without him, J. Thicke is a lost little girl.

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    Niall Reply:

    @Ursula, You don’t even believe that muck. Give it up lol

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Niall, Here’s advice: All of you people and your multiple personalities don’t be mad at me because the album was horrible and didnt meet your expectations. I can’t save Justin Thicke’s lack of talent. Take that up with him & Timbo while I enjoy REAL r&b.

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    Speechless Reply:

    @Ursula, Lol you’re so mad it’s funny

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    Danni Reply:

    @Speechless, REALLY mad, it appears LOL

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Speechless, Actually I’m glad. Can’t you tell? I’m laughing at the shortage of sales that was supposed to make him have a million first week. What the hell happened folks?

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    Uhh Reply:

    @Ursula,
    Umm it was never estimated at 1 million… maybe the voices in your head did.. but not on the news!

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    Uhh Reply:

    @Ursula,

    lmao babes… Half of the black folks dont even know Timbaland produced the album.. do you think the white folks do?

    LMAO … umm wheres Robin Thicke at now?.. putting out videos with ass and tits like a soft core porn for views.

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Uhh, Who cares what “black folks” know and what “white folks” know? The truth is the truth. It’s Timbo’s album featuring J. Thicke. At least Timbaland’s pimping him well and getting paid well. lol

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    Uhh Reply:

    @Ursula,
    LMAO i love how you totally disregarded the second comment.

    Robin Thicke might need someone to pimp him out hun.. since u seem to be his only fan.. you might wanna let him know.. that soft core porn video he just put out aint gonna get him no sales!

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  4. 2

    Usher needs to let jermaine dupri do his entire album so he can get back on track leave the egos at the door

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  5. Dexter

    This is what happens when your music reaches across the aisles and appeals to people who normally may not indulge in certain genres. It’s all about inclusion. If he’d come back with tracks sounding exactly like FSLS, I’d have been disappointed.

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  6. supafriend

    You got it wrong, 20/20 sold 980662 copies and lil Waynes the carter 3 sold 964000.

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    troof Reply:

    @supafriend, carter 4 sold 964000, retard. c3 did a milli

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  7. Farrah

    Justin Timberlake’s face has been EVERYWHERE to the put that I’ve been sick of it and I love him lol. Excellent sales reflect excellent promotion. In unrelated news, I wish Jon B would come out of hiding because he was — and I’m sure, still is — the shit.

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  8. REAL MUSIC FAN

    justin always sell…nsync still holds the record for best sales in the first week with 2 million…..*side note* britney still holds best first week sales as woman…no other female has broke the record

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  9. D.kellz

    Congrats to justin timberlake and much respect.

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  10. Mary

    KING OF POP

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    KT Reply:

    @Mary, whoadere…

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    Grant Reply:

    @Mary, No. That is and will always be Mike. Justin is a very respectable artist, though.

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Mary, HA. You lied. Repent.

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    Rich Reply:

    @Mary, Fuck no. MJ forever.

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  11. TRA

    Congrats to Justin Timberlake, and much respect to him. When you put together a very, good comeback album like Justin Timberlake did with The 20/20 Experience album, and you have great promotion, you deserve to sell records. I hope Justin Timberlake and Timbaland continue to put out more great music in the near future.

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  13. Ice

    Pioneering good music since the 90s, artists should take note of his success.

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  14. Gaz

    Congrats JT well deserved, and didn’t doubt you one bit. I can only hope this will end this tecnho/doof doof phase and get back to real music. I miss the days when Hip Hop and RnB was ruling the charts and airwaves

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  15. boom boom

    Chris “BEATER” Brown will NEVER.

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  16. miles

    Yall do realize that he sold near a million mostly because of the hype he had for being gone so long.
    if Usher did the exact same thing as him his album still wouldn’t sell this much

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    Yuperz Reply:

    @miles, no one cares about usher anymore

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    K.I.N.G Reply:

    @Yuperz, this is true but ony reason ppl care about this guy is because he’s been gone for so long. he would have fizzled out by now as well had he continued releasing music.

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    Bobbuilder Reply:

    @K.I.N.G, Thats stupid. Its because he put out good music. He didnt follow the euro electro pop nonsense. People have been waiting for good material. Remember that JT is in his 30′s. He has a big fan base who have been dying for decent music.

    Good music will sell regardless. Example is Kanye. Even tho he is an idiot people still buy his music. Why? Because his music is simply GREAT.

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  17. Kyle

    Good for Justin! It’s a good album and I’m glad he’s back in the game. Nothing will ever top “Futuresex/Lovesounds” though…I’m surprised that album didn’t sell more in its first week especially because “Sexyback” was HUGE when that album dropped and Justin was already a household name at the time.

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  18. Ursula

    This is too funny. After all that promotion and oversaturated hype J. Thicke still can’t pull off a million in a week. What happened fans? Ya’ll didn’t buy enough copies? Now that ‘suit n tie’ is dying and ‘mirrors’ is struggling, he might as well wrap it up and take a hike. lolz

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @Ursula, yes, because 30K shy of a million isn’t an accomplishment at all. What kind of simpleton…

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Cranberry, Who cares if its 30,000 or 300,000 shy? It didn’t do a million. Someone jumped the gun. The album is still poor & it really didn’t even deserve half of those sales it got.. and that’s based solely from the quality of the music. #truth

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    Deidre Reply:

    @Ursula, Yeah, I’d say selling over 950K is a very pitiful effort indeed. LOL.

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  19. K.I.N.G

    lol where’s that idiot that was so quick to down usher because jt supposedly just accomplished something he did way back? the fool didn’t even sell a milli, nice try though clown

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    Ursula Reply:

    @K.I.N.G, Yass!!! Tell them one more time because I don’t think they comprehend too well.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @K.I.N.G, so while the grown & sexy are relaxing to the 20/20 experience w/ their significant others you & ursula are trolling. this dude’s album is a success, get over it! and GOODbye talking about usher, nobody & i mean nobody is checking for usher hence him now being a judge on a reality show trying to revive his career. fact is justin has ALWAYS outsold usher & will continue to do so because his fan base is larger, his range is broader & he’s willing to take risks & go against the grain. #gtfoh

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    Olivia Reply:

    @KaramelKisses, I’m convinced they’re teenagers with nothing better to do but hate on those who make and recognize real music. It’s an unhealthy obsession, trying to enrage people on the web. All we can do is pray for them.

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    Ursula Reply:

    @KaramelKisses, So I guess Shakira (who is the biggest Latino star out), Blake Shelton (who sales are great btw), Adam Levine and Mariah on Idol all need help ‘reviving’ their careers too? Get out. Usher is the King and Robin is right up there next to him.

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    Frankie Reply:

    @Ursula, Robin …. Robin Thicke? SCREAMING!!!!

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  20. Brice

    What does Usher have to do with anything? Apples and oranges lol. And this is hardly a flop, who gives a flying fuck about a milli in the first week? Figures don’t score you PCAs, AMAs or Grammys. Figures won’t get you critical reception. Buy the music of the artists you like — instead of illegally acquiring it — and the anger will subside.

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  21. Hector

    This man is somewhere living his damn life while yall are pissed because his fans did what true fans are supposed to. Oh.

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  22. Truth uk britishoman

    he got some Dope MouthaFncker song on his album Man I would love to work with him some day as well timberland too. and I know alot of people who have heard of his ALbum which is Amazing

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  23. Natasha

    Album is straight fire. Excited to see what the sequel will hold.

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  24. kate

    flop

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    No Chance In Hell Reply:

    @kate, Oh, you tried it.

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  25. Hugh

    Congrats to JT and Tim. Great music still sells

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  26. yellow gorrilah

    I guess Usher’s crown remains untouched, better luck next time justin Loool.

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    Mark London Reply:

    @yellow gorrilah, But ask yourself this. Is Usher doing those kind of numbers.

    Usher’s last album sold 128K first week. Thats like 13% of JT’s sales. And Usher’s music sucks now.

    JT is the KING right now. Respect that!

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  27. Katy

    It’s a good album because Timbaland did a good job with his beats but nothing more

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  28. King Usher

    king of longetivity aka Usher is probably laughing at this fool who was bragging on twitter with Camel Face about selling one million … AND STILL HE CAN’T REACH THE MILLION: No Oscar, No 1Milli the first week FAIL

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  29. Khlei

    it might’ve not sold a million..but its still is the fastest selling album of 2013

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  30. coolness

    People should really stop bringing Usher’s name into this. Yeah he still has his 1.1 million record intact but that doesn’t mean JT’s album isn’t a success. He had a good product and promoted the hell out of it! Yes the album is not on Futuresex/Lovesound’s level and it sold mainly on hype but he’s done a food job and should be congratulated. As for Usher, he’s still one of the most successful acts of his generation and hopefully his album would really show the amazing talent that he is.

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  31. BowDownBitches

    Yay JT! His promotion team did a great job, and even though he didn’t sell a million, 968,000 is a big number especially in today’s times. No doubt that it’ll be platinum next week!

    P.S. What does Usher have to do with JT’s recent sales?

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    Dee Reply:

    @BowDownBitches, nothing these folks that are bringing Usher into the discussion are salty & bitter. They’re mad that noone is checking for Usher anymore. It doesnt matter anyway b/c The 20/20 Experience is an amazing album that is #1 all over the world!

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  32. Good Stuff

    OK Usher fans if it make y’all feel better that Usher sold 1 mill 1st week sales back in 2004 ..And the fans can forget about his latest efforts ” Looking For Myself” selling only 128,000 in its 1st week , and has yet to go gold almost a year after its release. OK I guess that’s fair.. Like the saying goes you are as important as your last effort…

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  33. Beyonce

    Took so long for this Flop to drop…

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  34. Jay

    Yeah man!!!!! Go JT!!!!! :)

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  35. uFaux

    this is an excellent piece of work
    lookin forward to Pt.2

    #WATCHOUT

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