If there was any concern that Justin Timberlake may have lost his musical mojo over the years he’s been away acting, the numbers speak for themselves.
After releasing his first single in six years, “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z, last Monday at midnight, the song has gone straight to the top spot on iTunes charts in 31 different countries, including United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, France, and Brazil. In another 54, it is sitting pretty in the Top 10. That’s especially impressive considering that JT only told the world he was “ready” to release new music just three days before he dropped the single!
“Suit & Tie,” which initially earned mixed reviews from fans, also went on to break U.S. radio airplay records: biggest song debut, airplay increase, and the biggest audience increase for a solo artist ever.
And if all that wasn’t enough, the track also gave the “Social Network” actor his best first week sales of his career, beating out “SexyBack” with 310,078 digital downloads.
“Suit & Tie” is just one of 20 new songs that will appear on Timberlake’s upcoming RCA release, The 20/20 Experience. In an open letter on his website last Monday, he revealed, “Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC. The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn't expect anything out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I've had in my career ... Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process. What I came up with is something I couldn't be more excited about! It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses that I've discovered along the way … I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
Based on the numbers, it seems like lots of people are enjoying JT’s new music!
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