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Her hit album may be called Red, but she’s definitely in the black.
Taylor Swift earned nearly $40m last year, according to Billboard magazine’s annual Money Makers rich list.
The 24-year-old beat out an all-star lineup that includes Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and even The Rolling Stones.
Proving a woman can live on writing about bad breakups alone, the country/pop songstress earned $39,699,575.60 to become the highest paid musician last year.
Taylor was also the industry’s top touring act generating an estimated take of $30m over the course of her sold-out six month tour.
Adding to her bank account were lucrative tour sponsorships by Keds, Elizabeth Arden and Diet Coke.
The I Knew You Were Trouble singer previously topped the list two years ago, back then earning over $35m.
Following in her country footsteps, Kenny Chesney landed at number two on the list, bringing in just under $33m.
The 45-year-old was aided by his chart-topping album Life On A Rock and his massive No Shoes Nation stadium tour.
Bringing sexyback and a whole lot of cash, Justin Timberlake made his successful return to the music arena following a seven year hiatus.
With two albums and two tours – including his Legends Of Summer juggernaut with Jay-Z (#16), the former boybander racked up over $31 million.
Enough for plenty of suit and ties for years to come.
With their Because We Can stadium tour, New Jersey’s finest Bon Jovi had a busy 12 months and helped the steel horse cowboys come in at number four with $29.4m.
And proving that some things only get better with age, the Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary with their sold out 50 & Counting tour which pushed them to #5 with over $26m.
Beyonce, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Pink and Fleetwood Mac round out the rest of this year’s top 10.
Embattled teen pop sensation Justin Bieber lands at number 11 with just under $19m, while Kim K’s baby daddy Kanye West managed to scrape by on $11.5m at number 26.
Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’ leads the year-end Top Billboard 200 Albums chart, the first time a solo male artist has crowned the tally since 2005. That year, 50 Cent’s “The Massacre” (on Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records) claimed the prize.
‘The 20/20 Experience’ (RCA) debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200, selling 968,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. At press time, it remains the largest single sales week of the year for an album, and reigns as the year’s best-selling title. It spent three weeks at No. 1 and was followed by sequel ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2),’ which debuted at No. 1 on the Oct. 19 chart.
‘The 20/20 Experience’ spent 18 non-consecutive weeks in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart (all during the chart year). The album spun-off the singles “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay Z (a No. 3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100), “Mirrors” (No. 2) and “Pusher Love Girl” (No. 64).
Timberlake’s No. 1 placing follows two years where Adele’s ’21′ ruled the roost. The English singer’s XL/Columbia set marked the first release to go back to back as the year’s top album since 1983 and 1984, when Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ (Epic) was No. 1. While she may not be No. 1, Adele is still present on the year-end tally. “21″ is, coincidentally, No. 21 on Top Billboard 200 Albums.
As for Timberlake, this is his first turn at No. 1 on the year-end Top Billboard 200 Albums as a solo artist. As a member of ‘N Sync, he was No. 1 in 2000 with “No Strings Attached” (Jive).
At No. 2 on the year-end Top Billboard 200 Albums is Taylor Swift’s 2012 release ‘Red’ (Big Machine/BMLG), followed by One Direction’s ‘Take Me Home’ (No. 3, Syco/Columbia), Mars’ ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ and Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’ (No. 5, Gentleman of the Road/Glassnote).
Billboard’s year-end Billboard 200 is based on chart performance during the chart year that began with last year’s Dec. 1 chart and ended with the Nov. 30, 2013, tally.
Justin may be having an awesome week here in the states, but the uk fans arent as nice.
Sister act HAIM bested Justin Timberlake this week.
The trio’s “Days Are Gone” album finally debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., dethroning Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience — 2 Of 2.”
According to the Official Charts Company, Timberlake led album sales by 700, but HAIM gained momentum Thursday night (closing the sales gap by a mere 28). By Saturday night, the sisters came out victoriously with 2,100 sales.
HAIM’s “Days Are Gone” includes the tracks “Don’t Save Me,” “The Wire” and “Falling” — all of which are on the U.K. top 40. “The Wire” fell from No. 16 last week to No. 24, whereas JT’s “Take Back The Night” jumped eight spots from 30 to 22.
The rock girl group consists of Alana, Danielle and Este Haim, as well as their drummer Dash Hutton.
In the United States, Timberlake’s album was No. 1 and sold 325,000 copies.
The projections are in for Justin Timberlake and Nelly’s respective LPs.
Justin Timberlake’s follow-up to his enormous come-back effort, The 20/20 Experience, won’t be following up when it comes to numbers. The sales projections for The 20/20 Experience 2 are in, and it’s looking like less than half of the original did.
While the first album pushed nearly a million sales opening week, the second installment is looking to move 350-375k. Although this may be lacklustre in terms of JT, it’ll still get him the #1 spot on the charts, and it’s way better than the amount Nelly is going to move.
Nelly’s new album M.O. dropped this past week, and it’ll basically be a flop if the numbers are correct: only 12-15k copies opening week.Are you planning to purchase either of these albums?
Though NSYNC were only reunited for a total of 110 seconds during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, that was enough to get the long-dormant boy band back into the zeitgeist—and into the virtual wallets of music fans.
Justin Timberlake and his compatriots were among the biggest sales victors coming off the VMAs, which don’t tend to provide the same kind of spike as the Grammys but can definitely still make an impact: The NSYNC hits compilation Greatest Hits shot into the top 30 on the iTunes Albums chart in the wake of the combo’s performance of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” on MTV’s big show.
And while Timberlake’s current album The 20/20 Experience has been a top 10 staple on iTunes since its release, Sunday night’s show clearly boosted preorders of the forthcoming The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, which is one of three preorders currently sitting in the top 20. (The others are Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz and Katy Perry’s Prism; Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP rests just outside that space at 21.)
Interestingly, Timberlake also saw the sales of his first solo album Justified pick up significantly—enough to also land it in the top 30. Why people didn’t clamor to download Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds (currently sitting at a soft 78), also heavily featured in his VMAs performance, is anyone’s guess.
Other victors coming out of Sunday night include Kanye West (whose Yeezus jumped back into the top 20), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (though The Heist is one of the most consistent performers in iTunes history, so it’s not a huge leap), and Bruno Mars (whose new single “Gorilla” is steadily climbing and will likely be in the top 10 soon).
The rest of the singles chart is pretty much what you would expect. Katy Perry has had a stranglehold on the top position with “Roar” since it dropped, so it’s not shocking that it remains number one. The buzz over Miley Cyrus’ near-nudity was enough to send her new single “Wrecking Ball” to number three, and Drake’s brief blast of “Hold On, We’re Going Home” during the VMAs was enough to get that song into the top 10. I
nterestingly, despite being declared the Song of Summer at the VMAs and being tethered to a hotly-anticipated concert film coming out this week, One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” didn’t get a significant boost on the iTunes chart.
Of course, sometimes not being at the VMAs is as good a marketing strategy as any. Eminem, who did not attend the show but did show up in a pair of Beats By Dre commercials during the broadcast, immediately took the number two position on iTunes’ singles chart following the midnight release of his new single “Berserk.”
The song becomes his sixth No. 1 on the radio airplay tally, pulling him even with Bruno Mars for the most leaders among males
Justin Timberlake ties the record for the most No. 1s (six) by a male on Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart (which launched the week of Oct. 3, 1992), as “Mirrors” rises 2-1. He equals the sum of Bruno Mars, who tallied his sixth No. 1 last month with “When I Was Your Man.” (Mars, meanwhile, debuts at No. 29 with his new single “Treasure,” which he performed last night to open the Billboard Music Awards; all charts will be refreshed Thursday (May 23) on Billboard.com.)
damn …. when Justin touches something it turns to gold, we knew this, but I’m sure we didn’t expect it to happen three weeks in a row.
The 20/20 experience is sitting happily perched at the top of the billboard 200 charts for the third week straight since it’s debut on March 19th. Should be try out luck and bet on a fourth week?
Timberlake’s latest could be the first album since Taylor Swift’s “Red” to spend its first three weeks at No. 1.
It looks like Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” will spend a third consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. The set could sell in the range of 150,000 to 170,000, Billboard estimates, based on the sales patterns of the last couple albums that debuted with a half-million or more.
We’ll have a more exact sales projection for “20/20″ in the next day or two. The new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, April 10.
If “20/20″ holds for a third week at No. 1, it will be the first set to spend its first three weeks at the top since “Red” did so on the charts dated Nov. 10 through Nov. 24, 2012. (“Red” then left the top slot for three weeks, only to return for another four-week engagement at No. 1.)
The last male artist to rule for his first three weeks was nearly three years ago, when Eminem’s “Recovery” spent its first three frames at No. 1 (July 10 through July 24, 2010).
Next week’s top debut should be country trio The Band Perry with its “Pioneer” album. The act’s second set might sell around 110,000, according to industry sources, and bow at No. 2. Their self-titled debut debuted and peaked at No. 4 in 2010 with 53,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The smash set has gone on to sell 1.5 million in the U.S. and was the No. 6 best-selling country album of 2011.
The second-highest entry next week could come from Tyler, the Creator with his second studio album, “Wolf.” It may shift around 75,000 to 80,000 copies. His last set, “Goblin,” debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2011 off a 45,000 start.
Other albums aiming for a top 10 start include New Kids on the Block’s “10″ (50,000) and Killswitch Engage’s “Disarm the Descent” (45,000).
The number keep going up and up, will justin make it a second week???
Justin Timberlake tweeted a special message to his fans Wednesday for their support of ‘The 20/20 Experience.’ ‘Numbers go up, numbers go down. I just hope this album makes your summer. You already made mine #bestfansever.’
Justin Timberlake is doing a celebratory song and dance about his album sales.
“The 20/20 Experience” hit nearly one million in its first week and Timberlake is so extremely proud that it’s left him searching for the right words to express it.
“Whoa … Speechless. Shocked,” he tweeted Wednesday.
The album, Timberlake’s first in six years, sold 968,000 units making it his best solo debut ever and he gives all the credit to his fans.
“Numbers go up, numbers go down. I just hope this album makes your summer,” he continued. “You already made mine #bestfansever.”
Not only did the project top Timberlake’s musical efforts but it’s succeeded any other album’s opening week this year including Grammy-winning Mumford and Sons.
Timberlake’s hosting stint on Saturday Night Live and weeklong residency on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in early March could have definitely helped in generating mass appeal for “Experience.” Not to mention releasing his hit songs “Suit & Tie” with Jay-Z and “Mirrors.”
This record not only debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts but it beat his last album’s sales by a long shot. In 2006, JT brought sexy back with “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” which sold 684,000 in comparison to his current body of work coming in just shy of a million.
To keep the interest going and growing and in an effort to show gratitude to his fans, the singer hinted at a special surprise coming soon.
“I’m gonna find a way to show my appreciation to you ladies and gents this week … Stay tuned. #finderskeepers,” he added.
E! Online speculated that it could be a good old game of scavenger hunt for tickets to his highly anticipated “Legends of Summer” tour with Hov.
In case you had any doubt, Billboard has made it official: Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience will debut at #1 when the albums chart is released Wednesday.
That part was inevitable. The real question was whether the singer, who has kept fans waiting since 2006 for a new album, would be able to sell 1 million records in the first week. This has become a nearly impossible feat in the digital download age, but Taylor Swift accomplished it in October, moving 1.2 million units of her album Red, giving Swift the highest first-week album sales in a decade. Surely Justin Timberlake could dethrone her?
Well, according to Nielsen SoundScan, it was not meant to be. The 20/20 Experience moved 968,000 copies. Though it’s not a milli, the figure is still impressive: Billboard said it is the 19th-largest week for an album since SoundScan started tracking data in 1991.
Proving that JT has been on top for a while, the champs for the all-time best-selling week are from Timberlake’s past life, when a little group called ‘NSYNC dropped an album titled No Strings Attached. Back on April 8, 2000, that album sold 2.42 million copies and easily reached #1 on the Billboard 200. (‘NSYNC, by the way, released their debut album 15 years ago.)
Justin will get another chance to dominate the charts when Volume 2 of The 20/20 Experience is released. But as ubiquitous as the singer was leading up to the first volume, what else is left for him to do?
Keith Caulfield, associate director of charts/retail for Billboard magazine, told MTV News earlier this week that Justin had made all the right moves. “He’s not really doing anything wrong and, in fact, has done everything right,” Caulfield said of the media blitz around the album. “He’s been very careful in the kind of promotion he’s done for the album, and it’s paid off.”
Just last week, Timberlake released the video for “Mirrors,” the second clip from the album, an emotional piece different enough from “Suit & Tie” to get even more people onboard The 20/20 Experience.
Justin Timberlake’s new “The 20/20 Experience” album is selling at an extraordinary rate in the U.S. Industry sources are forecasting that the pop super star’s set could sell as many as 750,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 24. That number could even grow larger — with 800,000 seemingly within range — as the week progresses.
“20/20,” released yesterday, March 19, is Timberlake’s first album since 2006′s “FutureSex/LoveSounds.” With “20/20″ on course for a 750,000 start, it will easily notch Timberlake’s best sales week ever, bypassing “FutureSex’s” debut of 684,000 (according to Nielsen SoundScan).
On March 11, before “20/20″ had even come out, sources initially estimated that the RCA Records album was on track to move at least 500,000 in its debut week. As we reported then, that forecast was likely to grown larger once the album reached retailers. Suffice it to say: It did.
iTunes is reportedly leading the way in terms of sales of “20/20,” with Target blowing through its stock as well. 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.”
If “20/20″ moves 750,000 or more, it will mark the largest sales week for an album by a male artist since 2010, when Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” shifted 964,000 when it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Sept. 17. The last album, overall, to sell more than 750,000 was Taylor Swift’s “Red,” which blew in at No. 1 with 1.2 million on the Nov. 10, 2012 list.