Forget Runner Runner – look over here instead! Justin Timberlake, currently the “star” of the No. 3 movie in the land, is faring better at his dayjob at the moment: The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 debuted atop the Billboard albums chart this week with 350,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
This, of course, is JT’s second No. 1 album of the year; back in March, the first 20/20 Experience album debuted to the tune of 968,000, easily giving it the year’s biggest sales week. As Billboard notes, the last time an artist sent two studio albums to No. 1 so quickly was System of a Down in 2005, when Mesmerize and Hypnotize both bowed on top 27 weeks apart.
But Justin’s actually not the only act to hit the top spot twice this year: party boy Luke Bryan did so as well with his March compilation Spring Break… Here to Party and August album Crash My Party. (Next stop for Mr. Bryan: the hotel lobby!)
Behind Timberlake came last week’s chart champ Drake and his stellar Nothing Was the Same, which slipped to No. 2 with 148,000. But enough with the Old Dudes – let’s talk Lorde. The 16-year-old phenom from New Zealand, whose left-field hit “Royals” became the No. 1 song in the country last week, snagged the No. 3 spot with her debut Pure Heroine. The album moved 129,000 units, making her the fourth woman with a top-ten debut album this year. (She joins an interesting mix of ladies, too: Ariana Grande, K. Michelle, and Kacey Musgraves.)
The next couple spots on the list went to country artists: the aforementioned Crash My Party (32,000), which became the seventh album of the year to sell a million (1.02M, to be exact). Newcomer Tyler Farr rounded out the top 5 with his first album Redneck Crazy (29,000). Meanwhile, the endlessly buzzed about sister trio Haim saw their debut Days Are Gone – currently the top album in the UK, where it actually outsold Timberlake – slot at No. 6 (26,000).
The rest of the list: Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull came in at No. 7 (26,000), Cher’s Closer to the Truth entered its second week at No. 8 (25,000, Jack Johnson’s From Here to Now to You chilled at No. 9 (20,000), and Elton John’s The Diving Board loitered at No. 10 (19,000). That’s all the verbs we have for this week, but be sure to return next week when Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz will swing its wrecking ball all over the chart.