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Justin Timberlake Debuts At #1, Shifts 968,000 Units!!!

Posted in trueclefmusic with tags , , , on March 27, 2013 by JupiterDaTruth

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AMAZING!!!!! YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! Three months ago, we didn’t even know JT was in the studio working on new music and now his album sits atop the Hot 100 with the 19th biggest sales week of the SoundScan era!! Billboard reports the following:

It’s official: Justin Timberlake’s new album “The 20/20 Experience” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 968,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“20/20,” released on March 19, is Timberlake’s second No. 1 album and logs his best sales week yet. It follows his last release, 2006’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” which arrived atop the list with his previous high: 684,000. Timberlake’s first album, 2002’s “Justified,” debuted and peaked at No. 2 with a 439,000 start.

“20/20’s” monster sales are the 19th-largest week for an album since SoundScan started tracking data in 1991. The all-time best-selling week was when Timberlake’s former group, ‘N Sync, saw its “No Strings Attached” album debut with 2.42 million at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart dated April 8, 2000.

The full top 10 of the new Billboard 200 — along with further sales analysis about “20/20’s” arrival — will be revealed on Wednesday, March 27.

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Timberlake’s bow with “20/20” is biggest overall sales frame since Taylor Swift’s “Red” debuted with 1.2 million on the Nov. 10, 2012-dated chart. Among male artists, Timberlake has the largest week in nearly five years. The last larger by a man was when Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” debuted with 1.01 million on June 28, 2008.

Interestingly, “20/20” also tallies the third-biggest week for a solo male singer (aka: non-rapper). Only Usher and Garth Brooks have scored larger frames. Their “Confessions” (2004) and “Double Live” (1998) sets debuted with 1.10 million and 1.09 million, respectively.

Sources say Apple’s iTunes Store was the top seller of “20/20” for the week, as overall digital sales, with Target its No. 2 account. The latter was the only retailer with an exclusive version of the album: It includes two bonus songs unavailable anywhere else: “Dress On” and “Body Count.” Target has been heavily promoting the album via a series of TV commercials, the first of which premiered during CBS’ broadcast of the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. For its part, iTunes had an exclusive stream of “20/20” that premiered on March 11 — more than a week before the album dropped on March 19.

During “20/20’s” debut week, the lowest advertised price for the album at a national retailer was $7 — both Walmart and Amazon.com were selling the physical CD for that price. Target promoted its exclusive version for $9.99. iTunes and its main competitor, Amazon MP3, sold the standard digital album for $10.99.

In the lead-up to the release of the album, Timberlake hosted and performed on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (March 9) and had a week-long residency on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (March 11-15). He also starred in his own TV concert special, “Target Presents: The iHeartRadio Album Release Party,” which aired twice on the CW during release week: March 19 and 22. The show was first streamed live on the Web via the iHeartRadio service on March 18.

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JT’s “The 20/20 Experience” First Week Projections Swell To More The 900,000 Units!!!

Posted in trueclefmusic with tags , , , on March 23, 2013 by JupiterDaTruth

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YESSSSSSSS!!!! JT could easily shift a million copies of “The 20/20 Experience” by Tuesday! He’s just released the music video for his second single, “Mirrors”, while “Suit&Tie” featuring JT currently sits in Billboard’s 10! The promo for this album has been flawless, surgical almost and JT is about to see a career high as a result of his hard work in the studio and on the promo trail!

Billboard reports the following:

Industry sources now forecast that Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” could sell between 850,000 and 900,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 24.

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To bring you up to speed: On May 11 — before the RCA Records album came out on March 19 — Billboard first reported that the album was headed for at least 500,000. Then, once the album did drop, its sales projection jumped to 750,000 on the 20th, 800,000 on the 21st and now 850,000 to 900,000 today (22).

Could “20/20” go over 900,000? It’s quite possible, if the set performs strongly over the weekend.

With its massive sales, “20/20” will instantly become the year’s top selling album. It will eclipse Mumford & Sons’ “Babel,” which has sold 631,000 in 2013 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Timberlake will also score his second No. 1 and his best-ever sales week with “20/20.” His previous high came with the arrival of his last album, 2006’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” which bowed with 684,000 at No. 1.

To put Timberlake’s monster sales in perspective, let’s look at how infrequently an album sells this many copies in a single week.

Since SoundScan started tracking data in 1991, there have only been 31 instances where an album sold more than 850,000 copies in a single week. The all-time best-selling week was when Timberlake’s former group, ‘N Sync, saw its “No Strings Attached” album debut with 2.42 million at No. 1 on the April 8, 2000 Billboard 200 chart.

In the late ’00s and into the ’10s, enormous sales weeks became less frequent, as more people opted to stream albums or purchase digital tracks.

Thus, since 2005, there have just been eight weeks where an album did 850,000-plus. All seven of them did so in their debut frames: 50 Cent’s “The Massacre” (1.14 million; March 19, 2005), Kanye West’s “Late Registration” (860,000; Sept. 17, 2005), West’s “Graduation” (957,000; Sept. 29, 2007), Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” (1.01 million; June 28, 2008), Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” (1.05 million; Nov. 13, 2010), Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (1.11 million, June 11, 2011), Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” (964,000; Sept. 17, 2011) and Swift’s “Red” (1.21 million; Nov. 10, 2012).

Sources say Apple’s iTunes Store is leading the way in terms of sales of “20/20,” with Target the No. 2-seller of the set. The latter was the only retailer with an exclusive version of the album. Target’s deluxe CD edition includes two bonus songs unavailable anywhere else: “Dress On” and “Body Count.”

“Initial sales for ‘The 20/20 Experience’ at Target are exceeding our expectations and put it in a position to be one of our best-selling albums in the last 10 years,” Anne Stanchfield, Target’s divisional merchandise manager of entertainment, tells Billboard.

“For the launch of the album, Target focused on bringing our guests more of what they love about Justin. Our two broadcast spots served up some surprises, and Monday night’s release party gave fans a chance to be a part of an intimate performance through an innovative partnership with Clear Channel and the CW.”

While iTunes is selling “20/20” for $10.99 — as is its main competitor, Amazon MP3 — Target is offering its exclusive version for $9.99. Trumping all three is both Walmart and Amazon.com, which are selling the standard physical CD for only $7.