Week Ending Jan. 20, 2013. Songs: Timberlake Loses Battle Of The Justins
“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z vaults from #84 to #4 in its second week on the Hot 100. The song sold 315K copies in its first week, a good, but not great, total. Many songs have gotten off to faster starts, including Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” which sold 636K in its first week in February 2009; Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which sold 623K in its first week in August; and—and this is the one that will probably be hardest for Timberlake to take—Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” which sold 521K in its first week in April.
This is Timberlake’s best one-week sales tally. It tops “Sexyback,” the first single from Timberlake’s last album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, which sold 250K in its first week in August 2006. But digital sales tallies were much more modest back then than they are now.
For his part, Jay-Z has seen a better week. “Empire State Of Mind,” his Grammy-winning smash with Alicia Keys, sold 362K during Christmas week 2009.
“Suit & Tie” is Timberlake’s 20th top 10 hit on the Hot 100 (counting seven *NSYNC hits); Jay-Z’s 19th. This extends Jay-Z’s lead as the hip-hop artist with the most top 10 hits. Ludacris and Lil Wayne are runners-up, with 17 each. This is the first single from Timberlake’s third solo album, The 20/20 Experience, which is expected to be released in March.
“Suit & Tie” leaps from #27 to #2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, just behind “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz. It’s Timberlake’s third single to reach #2 on the R&B chart. It follows “My Love” and “Dead And Gone,” a pair of collabos with T.I. (Timberlake has yet to top the R&B chart, which I’m sure would be a thrill for him.)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will soon be able to shop on Rodeo Drive if they choose. The duo’s “Thrift Shop,” a genial song about the hunt for 99-cent bargains, jumps from #2 to #1 in its 16th week on the Hot 100. It displaces Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven,” which held the top spot for six weeks. Billboard’s Gary Trust reports that Macklemore (real name: Ben Haggerty) & Ryan Lewis are the first duo to reach #1 with their first Hot 100 hit since Los Del Rio, which did the trick with “Macarena” in August 1996. (Let’s hope Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have better long-term prospects.)
The pair’s album The Heist rebounds from #24 to #15 on The Billboard 200. It has sold 272K copies in its first 15 weeks.