The initial forecasts for Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience were way off, as the comeback album has nearly gone platinum in its first week.
Originally projected to sell 500,000 copies, the final sales total for The 20/20 Experience have nearly doubled that figure, selling 980,622 and debuting at #1 on the Billboard charts. The number makes Justin the first male artist since Lil’ Wayne released Tha Carter IV (with 964,000 albums sold) to have such high first week sales, and also gives him the fastest and largest selling album of the year.
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Aided by a flawless promotional campaign that had him releasing hit “Suit and Tie” as a first single, partnering exclusively with Target, hosting “Saturday Night Live,” performing nightly on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and announcing a joint summer tour with Jay Z, The 20/20 Experience far exceeded commercial expectations and is Justin’s second #1 album.
It probably also didn’t hurt that this was Justin’s first album since 2006, and that fans and critics alike praised the material on the project, which was produced entirely by longtime collaborator Timbaland, along with J-Roc and Rob Knox.
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