You like him, you really like him. Just not as much as you did the first time he came back. Justin Timberlake will go two-for-two next week when the second part of his 20/20 Experience album snags the singer his second #1 debut of 2013 thanks to sales of 350,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
2 Of 2
After seeing the year's high-water mark back in March with the year's best opening week at 968,000 for the first part of the Experience (which has sold 2.3 million so far), Timberlake had a more modest showing this time.
The lengthy sequel sold a little over one-third of its predecessor. Those 2 of 2 units sold, combined with another 19,000 in sales for the first album (currently sitting at #11), gave JT two releases in this week's top 12. He's also the only act this year to move more than 300,000 units of any album in multiple weeks, according to Billboard.
Sisters Are Doing It
It was also a big week for New Zealand phenom Lorde, whose debut, Pure Heroine , debuted at #3 on sales of 129,000. She was joined in the top 10 by sister trio Haim, whose full-length, Days Are Gone, rocked in at #6 (26,000).
After his #1 debut last week, Drake's Nothing Was the Same dropped 78 percent, but only one slot, to #2 (148,000), while Kings of Leon were down five spots to #7 as sales trailed off by 76 percent to 26,000 for Mechanical Bull. St. Louis' finest, Nelly, was back on the charts with M.O. at #14 (15,000).
Pre-orders for Bangerz put Cyrus at #4 on the iTunes album chart, while Timberlake was at the top (and at #10 with a special two-disc Experience collection that combines the April and September albums), followed by Lorde and Drake.
Lorde-ing Over The Singles Chart
Lorde might have come up short of the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, but on the Digital Songs tally she held down the #1 slot again thanks to sales of another 309,000 of her breakthrough hit, "Royals." Katy Perry held in at #2 with "Roar," (218,000), as did Miley at #3 with "Wrecking Ball" (214,000).
The big mover in the top 10 was Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home," which shot up 68 percent and eight spots to #5 (131,000), while Perry landed a second tune in the top as "Walking On Air" debuted at #8 (113,000). Another Perry song, "Dark Horse," moved down two slots to #10 on sales of 99,000.
To repeat, Katy has three singles in the top 10, making her the first act to land a triple-play in the Digital Songs top 10 since Taylor Swift did it in November 2012 with "State of Grace," "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together."