Week Ending April 7, 2013. Albums: Timberlake Is Livin’ La Vida Loca
Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience sold 139K copies last week, bringing its three-week total to 1,426,000. It’s the first album by a male pop vocalist to get off to such a fast start since Ricky Martin’s English-language debut album, Ricky Martin, which sold 1,519,000 copies in its first three weeks in May 1999.
While Martin had been known for years in the Latin music world, the broad pop audience discovered him on the night of Feb. 24, 1999. He sang “La Copa De La Vida (The Cup Of Life)” on the Grammy telecast and literally stole the show.
Both Timberlake and Martin started out in boy bands. Timberlake was 14 in 1995 when he co-founded *NSYNC; Martin was 13 in 1984 when he joined Menudo.
The 20/20 Experience is the first album by any artist to sell this many copies in its first three weeks since Taylor Swift’s Red, which sold 1,749,000 copies in its first three weeks last fall. It’s the first album by a male solo artist to sell this many this soon since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III, which sold 1,526,000 copies in its first three weeks in June 2008.
Timberlake’s album tops The Billboard 200 for the third straight week. It thus surpasses Timberlake’s previous album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, which spent its first two weeks at #1 in September 2006 (and then tumbled to #5 in its third week). That album’s sales total after three weeks: 1,059,000.
20/20 is the first album to spend its first three weeks at #1 since Red last fall. It’s the first album by a male solo artist to achieve the feat since Eminem’s Recovery, which spent its first five weeks at #1 in the summer of 2010. It’s the first album by a male pop vocalist to do this since Jack Johnson’s Sleep Through The Static, which scored in February 2008.