Justin Timberlake has made history with his third studio album, "The 20/20 Experience." Not only did the album debut atop the Billboard 200 this week, it's also this year's best selling album, in terms of first week sales, and the best debut for a solo male artist in years.
According to Nielsen Soundscan, Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies within the last week, making it his best opening week to date (following "Future Sex/Love Sounds," which debuted with 684,000 copies sold in 2006).
"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," Billboard reports.
In addition to that, "The 20/20 Experience" is the first album from a male singer to debut with figures like this since Usher's "Confessions" debuted with over 1.1 million copies sold in 2004.
Led by the singles "Suit & Tie" and "Mirrors," Timberlake's album is just one piece of what is shaping up to be a major comeback. According to his manager, Timberlake is set to release a follow up to the album later this year and he's going on not just one tour, but two, by year's end.
Congrats to Justin Timberlake. Well done.