When Justin Timberlake launched “The 20/20 Experience” 5 years in the past, after years of anticipation by means of lovers, the album opened with 968,000 gross sales and went directly to change into 2013’s best dealer.
For his newest, “Man of the Woods” (RCA), which mingles some countryish vibes together with his pop and funk, Mr. Timberlake as soon as once more stored his lovers ready. But after combined evaluations of the album and of his Super Bowl efficiency, and with out a large hit unmarried, the album’s opening used to be much less of a blockbuster, with the identical of 293,000 gross sales in the United States, consistent with Nielsen. That contains 242,000 copies offered of the entire album and 55 million streams.
Still, that used to be greater than sufficient to present Mr. Timberlake his fourth No. 1, and with the exception of Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” — which opened with greater than one million gross sales — it had the easiest get started of any album since Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma” in October.
Also this week, Migos’s “Culture II,” closing week’s best album, fell to No. 2 with the identical of 88,000 gross sales — nearly all of that tally from streaming, with 117 million streams closing week and less than 6,000 copies of the album offered.
The soundtrack to “The Greatest Showman” fell one spot to No. three, Ed Sheeran’s “÷” is in fourth position, and Bruno Mars’s “24K Magic” is No. five.