Justin Timberlake’s new album The 20/20 Experience is now on a pace to sell a whopping 800,000 copies during its first week on sale, which ends March 24th. Billboard reports that 20/20 is expected to top its albums chart, which would make it Timberlake’s second Number One solo album. (His first solo album, 2002′s Justified, peaked at Number Two.)
Justin Timberlake Confirms Second ’20/20 Experience’ Album
The growing sales count will also score Timberlake his best sales week ever, topping the 684,000 copies his previous LP, 2006′s FutureSex/LoveSounds, moved during its debut week. The biggest sales seem to be coming through iTunes, with Target – the only retailer carrying a deluxe version of the album with two exclusive bonus tracks – also quickly moving its stock.
With original estimates placing sales at around 500,000, the album is now on track to become 2013′s best selling record, surpassing Mumford & Son’s Babel, which despite its 2012 release, has sold 631,000 copies so far. (Coincidentally, Timberlake and Marcus Mumford recently collaborated on new music for the Coen brothers’ upcoming film about the 1960s folk scene, Inside Llewyn Davis, which co-stars Timberlake.)
Should 20/20 live up to these new estimates, it would mark the biggest sales debut for a male artist since 2010 when Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV pushed 964,000 its first week. Taylor Swift was the last artist to sell more than 750,000 copies, when her 2012 effort Red bowed at Number one with 1.2 million sold its first week.
Justin Timberlake and Dave Grohl are expected to perform at this year’s South By South West Festival next week while several other acts including Kendrick Lamar have now been added to the line-up.
‘Suit & Tie’ smoothie Justin will be gearing up for the release of his comeback album ‘The 20/20 Experience’ and is said to be celebrating with a private concert at the Texas festival with the music event kicking off on March 12.
According to KUVE.com, Justin will be hosting a VIP party in Austin where he will perform tracks from his new album.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is also rumoured to be making an appearance on March 14th with his band Sound City Players. Kendrick Lamar and Iggy & The Stooges have been confirmed for the line-up, while the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend have already been announced on the bill.
The festival is just the latest in a long line of shows Justin will be performing this summer with the heartthrob gearing up for his ‘Legends of the Summer’ tour with his pal and collaborator Jay-Z, while the pair have also been confirmed as headliners for the 2013 Wireless Festival on separate days.
Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” became his first solo U.K. No. 1 single for six-and-a-half years on Sunday’s new sales charts, as Emeli Sandé’s “Our Version of Events” stayed atop the album survey.
Timberlake’s one previous chart-topping single in the U.K. was “SexyBack” in September 2006. That came after three of his releases peaked at No. 2 (“Like I Love You,” “Cry Me A River” and “Rock Your Body”), as would another straight afterwards, “My Love” featuring TI. He’s had two other singles bestsellers as a collaborator, on Timbaland’s “Give It To Me” in 2007, with Nelly Furtado, and Madonna’s “4 Minutes” in 2008, also featuring Timbaland.
“Mirrors” outstripped south London band Bastille’s “Pompeii” by some 13,000 sales last week, according to the Official Charts Company.
“Pompeii” follows Bastille’s No. 21 success last October with “Flaws,” and both tracks are on their debut album “Bad Blood,” released in the U.K. today (Monday). One Direction’s Comic Relief single “One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks),” which topped the chart last week, fell to No. 3.
East London rapper Wiley scored a third top ten hit with “Reload,” featuring Chip (formerly known as Chipmunk), at No. 9. Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess, climbed 16-10.
Sandé’s album sales had advanced to 1.66 million by last Saturday at midnight, as “Events” spends a 55th consecutive week in the U.K. top ten. That’s second only for a debut album behind the Beatles’ 62 weeks for “Please Please Me” in 1963 and ’64, a record Sandé is on course to overtake at the end of April.
Mumford & Sons held at No. 2 on the new chart with “Babel,” with the “Les Miserables” score album back up 5-3 and Island’s Ben Howard steady at No. 4 with “Every Kingdom.” Four new titles started inside the top ten, led by “Amok,” the debut album by Atoms For Peace, featuring Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, their producer Nigel Godrich and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
West End musical star and show tunes vocalist Michael Ball debuted at No. 8 with “Both Sides Now,” his 18th chart album and sixth top tenner in an album chart career dating back to 1992. Josh Groban, meanwhile, made the U.K. album top ten for the first time with “All That Echoes.”
Former Smiths mainstay and widely-travelled collaborator Johnny Marr made his chart debut in his own name with “The Messenger,” a new entry at No. 10.
London indie band Palma Violets just missed out on a top ten debut at No. 11 with “180.” Further down the chart, there was a No. 24 start for “Lost In You” (Sony), a new studio set by 80-year-old veteran entertainer Petula Clark.
Modern-day progressive music figurehead Steven Wilson, of Porcupine Tree, entered at No. 28 with his solo set “The Raven That Refused To Sing.” UMTV/Universal’s “BRIT Awards 2013″ collection started a second week atop the compilation chart.
Justin Timberlake and Marcus Mumford have hit the studio together, Timberlake revealed in an interview with the UK’s Capital FM.
“I did work with Marcus Mumford on the soundtrack,” Timberlake said of the Coen brothers’ upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis, which also stars Timberlake and the Mumford & Sons frontman’s wife, Carey Mulligan.
The pair’s work will also feature the Punch Brothers and production from T Bone Burnett, who also helmed the Coens’ multi-platinum O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
The upcoming film is a more recent look at American music, focusing on the ’60s folk scene.
“I don’t know any other world where we would get the opportunity to collaborate like that but it was so much fun,” Timberlake said. “Not only will that be a great movie, but the music to it will be fantastic.”
CBS Films has acquired the movie, which does not yet have a U.S. release date.
With his own album due March 19, the “Suit & Tie” singer also explained why his The 20/20 Experience tracks will be longer than radio might expect from the pop star.
“When we were making the record, I said, ‘If Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin can do 10-minute songs and Queen can do 10-minute songs then why can’t we?,” he said. “We’ll figure out the radio edits later.”
The ‘Suit & Tie’ singer dances up the chart with his new video.
This week’s Social 50 chart brings a new entrant into the top 10, as Justin Timberlake climbs 18-9 off the success of his “Suit & Tie” video that bowed on Feb. 14.
The two-year old Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist pageviews, song plays and reactions.
This is Timberlake’s first week in the top 10 after 88 weeks on the list. He jumps after adding over 456,000 fans to his overall fan base (up 2.4% over the previous week). 193,000 of these fans were added on Facebook alone, spurred by a 74% rise in conversation about the artist on the platform.
The views to the “Suit and Tie” official video prompted a 95% rise in weekly video views to Timberlake’s VEVO channel, which added 14 million new views during the charting week.
damn…. gorgeous!! not many can pull off the look, but he does it well. I personally loved his performance tonight. Some fans were disappointed with what they say was lack of energy or effort, however I love the song and saw plenty of effort. His vocals were great and you can clearly hear his heart through the song. but anyways, I have added tons of HQ images from the red carpet and his performance, as well as screen captures from the show which was televised on fuse network.
Well I’m beat, but must get some sleep, work awaits in the morning!
Wireless festival 2013 will see separate headline appearances from both Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z.
Justin will headline on Friday 12 July, which will be his only UK festival performance. He will be joined by Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, John Legend, Miguel and Frank Ocean.
Jay-Z will headline on Saturday 13 July which will be his only European performance this year.
The Saturday line-up includes Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Fresh and Calvin Harris.
This will be the festival’s first time being located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which was host to the Olympic Games last year, as opposed to the previous location of Hyde Park.
Tickets go on sale Friday 22 February at 9am. For more information, visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.
Justin Timberlake also recently announced a one-off London show at Kentish Town’s Forum, which will take place after his performance at the BRITs.
Tickets for the show were priced at £50, and went on sale via Live Nation and Ticketmaster – but it wasn’t long before they sold out due to high demand.
A gig listing which suggested that Beyonce and Justin Timberlake were set to play an intimate concert together in London has been confirmed as a fake.
Yesterday, the Songkick listings website posted details of a show to be held by the pair at London’s 500-capacity venue The Garage on March 31, but Ticketscript have now confirmed that that the event will not take place and was posted by mistake.
The listing was only set up to test their system, they said in a statement, and was never meant to be seen by members of the public. “There has been a lot of news and social media coverage generated today from an event that appeared on Songkick briefly yesterday morning,” they said. “The event in question listed Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Toto as headliners at an event at The Garage. This is not a real event. Ticketscript would like to apologise for any confusion and inconvenience that this may have caused.
“This event was set up in the Ticketscript system as a test event. Unfortunately the data was then connected to Songkick and was published on the Songkick website,” they added. “Ticketscript would like to reiterate that this was a test of the functionality in our system and was never intended for the public domain. We are reviewing our procedures to ensure that this cannot happen again. The event does not exist. Songkick had no knowledge of this event and Ticketscript provided this information in error. ”
Earlier this week, Timberlake announced that he will play a surprise gig at The Forum in north London immediately after performing at the Brits next Wednesday (February 20). The singer will release his comeback album, ‘The 20/20 Experience’, will be released on March 18. The LP is the first new music from the singer-turned-actor and Myspace entrepreneur since his second solo effort ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ in 2006.
Justin Timberlake doesn’t have much of a track record with album titles. His solo debut was a pun on his name, and the follow-up was a surreal word collage. His new record is called The 20/20 Experience, but what does it mean? Is he particularly driven by ABC news magazines? Deeply concerned about marksman-quality vision? Establishing a bar that is exactly half as awesome as Jay-Z’s 40/40? Is it a reference to the fact that the whole experience of creating the album consisted of 20 songs in 20 days?
Timberlake revealed the science behind the name this morning on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. “It more or less came out of I was playing some of the stuff for my friends and they would come in and out of the studio and I’d say, ‘What do you think of this?’” Timberlake explained. “And my best friend said, ‘This is music that you can see,’ and for some reason that stuck with me.”
So there you have it: Justin Timberlake’s new album is a concept record about synesthesia.
Seacrest also got a few other details out of Timberlake. He also noted that the famous teaser video that Timberlake unleashed a few days before the unveiling of his new Jay-Z-assisted single “Suit & Tie” is actually from another project entirely. “That little piece of footage is from a documentary that we sort of started working on throughout the making of the album,” he told Seacrest.
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Justin Timberlake’s music comeback appears to be a very well orchestrated and highly calculated production, but he’d like you to believe it’s just sort of falling together.
JT caused the Internet to nearly implode when he posted a mysterious YouTube video to Twitter with the words, “I’m ready,” accompanied by an unexplained countdown on his official website. OMG you guys, Justin is back in the studio? Nope, he’s already done in the studio and about to drop an album.
The countdown marked the date Timberlake would release “Suit & Tie,” (featuring none other than Jay-Z), marking his first single off “The 20/20 Experience,” the long-awaited follow-up to his 2006 album, “Future Sex/Love Sounds.” Then came word David Fincher (of “The Social network” fame) would direct the “Suit & Tie” video — news that was followed by a teaser for the video, which was succeeded by a holdover lyric video. Exhausted yet? Just wait.
Timberlake made his live concert comeback on Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans, with a little Britney Spears drama tossed in for good measure, and this weekend music fans will gather ’round the flat screens to see JT rock the Grammy stage.
Now today comes the “whoops, I accidentally leaked some big news” moment, when Justin calls in to Ryan Seacrest’s morning radio show. “Not to give too much away, because you know I like surprising the fans,” Timberlake says, referring to the teaser video that ignited the hype machine, “but that little piece of footage is from a documentary we started working on throughout the making of the album, which started last June.” (Well before his wedding to Jessica Biel — you know, the one she kept telling everyone she didn’t really have time to plan.)
So, along with a new marriage, a comeback album, and a rumored world tour, the world will be graced with a Justin Timberlake documentary. Seriously, could this machine be any more well-oiled? JT tells Ryan, the “I’m Ready” video “was more a little excerpt from [the doc], which I kinda thought about afterwards. Like, oh, people don’t know about the documentary. This seems a little weird.” Uh huh, totally.
Speaking to Seacrest, Timberlake also paints his days-away Grammy performance as an afterthought. “I’m still in the process of figuring all of it out,” he says. “That was kind of a whirlwind; we got a phone call, got confirmed … I’m like ‘oh wait, I should put something together.’ So I’m the process of doing something right now.”
So there you have it, folks. Now that everyone will be scrambling for more info on this top secret project, we’re guessing the next announcement will involve some fan-baiting news about who’s helming the film. We’ll also be watching this last minute, slapped-together-on-a-shoe-string Grammy performance that will inevitably present yet another newsworthy music moment.
Any predictions for how JT will oh-so-spontaneously wow us on Grammy night? It’s at least a safe bet he’ll be wearing a “Suit & Tie.”
By now you’ve done a little two step or rolled your eyes at Justin Timberlake‘s return. If you’re one of the two people on earth who doesn’t care about JT’s “Suit and Tie” comeback then you’ve likely burned out already of all Justin everything. He dropped two new songs after the Super Bowl, he’s performing in LA at the Grammys and has a show immediately following the Grammys. JT season is upon us.
He called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” to discuss all things The 20/20 Experience, but music queries quickly turned to a wedding planning conversation. The timing of his marriage to Jessica Biel didn’t interfere with the making of the album because most of it was already complete. Besides he did what most men would do: Leave it in the hands of the woman. “I think the men can speak for me by saying that type of process you really just say ‘Whatever you want, honey.’” Oh come on guys, women want their male partner to be active in the decision making…as long as he mostly says yes to what she wants. “Every photo, everything that you saw… I was riding shotgun. I said, ‘Whatever you want, honey.’”
Justin Timberlake took inspiration from his new single, “Suit and Tie,” when he performed his first show in almost five years Saturday night. He took the stage on Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans “all dressed up in black and white,” as the song says, down to his two-tone shoes. Backed by the Tennessee Men, a similarly dapper 15-piece band, Timberlake adopted a classic style down to the bowtie, cufflinks and part on the side of his slicked-back hair. He presided over the AXS TV/DirecTV Super Saturday Party with the ease and amusement of someone who seems entertained by the trappings of his own fame.
When he performed “Suit and Tie” late in the set, he was joined to little surprise by Jay-Z, who had been sighted in New Orleans earlier in the week. The good-natured vibe of the show extended to their chemistry, as Timberlake and Jay-Z grinned and goofed with each other, obviously enjoying their moment together.
“Suit and Tie” was the third song of the night from Timberlake’s upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience. Icy keyboard-generated strings introduced “Pusher Lover Girl,” which used drug and addiction language to explore a romantic relationship over a loping mid-tempo groove, while “That Girl” was a throwback to an easy, summertime cruising R&B jam with the chorus “I’m in love with that girl / don’t be mad at me.”
The set was geared to the party atmosphere, though, so it was shy on ballads and went easy on the unfamiliar. Shortly after 11 p.m., a red curtain rose to reveal his big band, complete with four backing vocalists and a four-piece horn section, and Timberlake rolled through such crowd pleasers as “Cry Me a River,” “FutureSex/LoveSound,” “Rock Your Body,” a dreamy “What Comes Around” and the closing “SexyBack,” with a guest appearance by Timbaland. He also covered INXS’s “I Need You Tonight” and the Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” bringing his backing vocalists to the front of the stage for some retro choreography that included a breakdown to “shovel the funk.”
As he and the singers did a dance step that resembled digging a hole, the moment – like the show itself – presented Timberlake as somebody so comfortable with his art that he doesn’t have to take himself too seriously. His Saturday Night Live appearances certainly made that clear, and on Super Bowl weekend, he danced with a bouncy grace that was all his own, but he could also play it old school and be assured the audience was with him.
Timberlake didn’t forget the occasion for the party, though – something easy to do on a night when Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne and Rascal Flatts were also playing parties in New Orleans. He asked who in the audience thought the Baltimore Ravens would win, and who thought the 49ers would win. He then asked the Niners fans, “How many of you are just following the bookies?”