Week Ending Jan. 13, 2013. Songs: “Suit And Tie” Is Off & Running
“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z enters the Hot 100 at #84, based on just two days of airplay (and no sales activity). It’s likely to vault into the top five next week. It will probably debut at #1 on Hot Digital Songs, with first-week sales in the 330K range.
It’s will become Timberlake’s 20th top 10 hit on the Hot 100 (counting *NSYNC hits); Jay-Z’s 19th. Jay-Z first hit the Hot 100 in April 1996 with “Ain’t No Nigga,” featuring Foxy Brown. Timberlake first charted with *NSYNC in March 1998 with “I Want You Back.”
This is the first single from Timberlake’s third solo album, The 20/20 Experience, which is expected to be released in March. Timberlake’s 2002 solo debut album, Justified, reached #2 on The Billboard 200 and spawned two top 10 hits. His 2006 sophomore album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, spent two weeks at #1 and spawned four top 10 hits, three of them #1s.
Timberlake has a long history of rap/sung collaborations. His first solo single, 2002’s “Like I Love You,” featured a rap by Clipse. Subsequent singles have paired him with such hip-hop stars as T.I., Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent.
Will “Suit & Tie” become Timberlake’s first #1 hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs? His current highest-charting R&B hits are “My Love” and “Dead And Gone,” a pair of collabos with T.I., both of which reached #2 R&B. Stay tuned.
The new song features a horn figure that’s reminiscent of L.T.D.’s 1977 hit “(Everytime I Turn Around) Back In Love Again.” (That was more than three years before Timberlake was born.)
Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” tops the Hot 100 for the sixth straight week. This is the first time that a hit by a male solo artist (excluding collabos) has had six or more weeks at #1 since Flo Rida’s “Right Round” had six weeks on top in 2009. (Ke$ha sang a background vocal on that smash, but Billboard didn’t list it as a formal collabo.) Mars’ follow-up, “When I Was Your Man” re-enters the chart at #89. The song has climbed as high as #62.
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz jumps from #5 to #2. The song, which is a lighthearted salute to 99-cent bargains, is one of the most broad-based hits since “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra.
“Thrift Shop” jumps to #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, dethroning Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” which logged 14 weeks on top. It also holds at #1 on Hot Rap Songs for the second week and is in the top 20 (at #17) on the Alternative Songs chart.