Justin Timberlake’s new album “The 20/20 Experience” doesn’t drop until next week, but industry sources are already predicting that it will have a huge debut week. The long-awaited album – his first in seven years – is expected to sell at least 500,000 copies in its first week, easily giving it the number one spot on the Billboard 200 when it debuts.
It would be Timberlake’s second solo album to debut at number one, as his “Future Sex/Love Sounds” sold 684,000 when it came out in 2006. If “The 20/20 Experience” does break the 500,000 mark, Justin could score the best sales week for an album in four months. It could also be only the fifth album to do so since the beginning of 2012, putting it in the company of Adele’s “21,” Taylor Swift’s “Red,” Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” and One Direction’s “Take Me Home.”
Should the sales come through as predicted, Justin won’t have anything to prove to Kanye West, who recently snubbed Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” single with Jay-Z. When he sat down with Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s “Late Night” on Monday, he said he “absolutely” loves Kanye and encouraged everyone to “calm down” with respect to the rapper’s comments.