While Martin had been known for years in the Latin music world, the broad pop audience discovered him on the night of Feb. 24, 1999. He sang “La Copa De La Vida (The Cup Of Life)” on the Grammy telecast and literally stole the show.
Both Timberlake and Martin started out in boy bands. Timberlake was 14 in 1995 when he co-founded *NSYNC; Martin was 13 in 1984 when he joined Menudo.
The 20/20 Experience is the first album by any artist to sell this many copies in its first three weeks since Taylor Swift’s Red, which sold 1,749,000 copies in its first three weeks last fall. It’s the first album by a male solo artist to sell this many this soon since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III, which sold 1,526,000 copies in its first three weeks in June 2008.
20/20 is the first album to spend its first three weeks at #1 since Red last fall. It’s the first album by a male solo artist to achieve the feat since Eminem’s Recovery, which spent its first five weeks at #1 in the summer of 2010. It’s the first album by a male pop vocalist to do this since Jack Johnson’s Sleep Through The Static, which scored in February 2008.
20/20 has sold more copies than the year’s next two best-selling albums combined. Those albums, and their 2013 sales to date, are Mumford & Sons’ Babel (718K) and Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox (697K).
Sudden Thought: James Taylor titled his eighth studio album JT. (The album rose to #4 in August 1977.) If Timberlake ever wants to use the title, I doubt Taylor would mind (and it would make a good Chart Watch item.) If Timberlake decides not to do it, Josh Turner, it’s all yours.
Tyler, The Creator’s third solo album, Wolf, debuts at #3. It’s his second top five album as a solo artist. Goblin hit #5 in 2011. In addition, Odd Future’s The OF Tape, Vol. 2 reached #5 in March 2012. Tyler, The Creator formed that hip-hop collective with Frank Ocean, among others. (Wolf sold 57K digital copies, which allows it to enter Top Digital Albums at #1.)
New Kids has been charting longer than any other act in this week’s top 20. They first charted in August 1988. Alan Jackson is in second place. He first charted in March 1990. Two members of New Kids have charted with albums of their own. Jordan Knight has charted twice; Joey McIntyre once.
Killswitch Engage’s sixth studio album, Disarm The Descent, debuts at #7. It’s the group’s second top 10 album. Killswitch Engage hit #7 in July 2009.
Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions holds at #8 for the second week. The album debuted and peaked at #2 in September. The album enters the Official U.K. Albums chart at #2 this week.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience is #1 for the third week in its third week on the chart (139K)…The Band Perry’s Pioneer debuts at #2 (129K). It’s the group’s second top five album…Tyler, The Creator’s Wolf debuts at #3 (89K). It’s his second top 10 five album as a solo artist…Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story… dips from #3 to #4 in its second week (82K)…Lil Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being II drops from #2 to #5 in its second week (68K).
The Second Five: New Kids On The Block’s 10 debuts at #6 (51K). It’s the group’s sixth top 10 album…Killswitch Engage’s Disarm The Descent debuts at #7 (48K). It’s the band’s second top 10 album…Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions holds at #8 for the second week in its 31stweek on the chart (37K). This is its seventh week in the top 10…P!nk’s The Truth About Love drops from #7 to #9 in its 29th week (37K). This is its 11th week in the top 10… Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox dips from #9 to #10 in its 17th week (36K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time.
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. OneRepublic’s Native drops from #4 to #20. Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories, Vol. II drops from #5 to #15. Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine drops from #6 to #21. The Strokes’ Comedown Machine dives from #10 to #45.
Alkaline Trio’s ninth studio album, My Shame Is True, debuts at #24. The title is a nod to Elvis Costello’s 1977 debut album, My Aim Is True (which peaked at #32). This is Alkaline Trio’s fifth top 30 album.
Pitch Perfect drops from #25 to #30 in its 24th week. It’s the highest-ranking soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie for the 14th week. Also, the album tops the 500K mark in digital sales this week. It’s only the second soundtrack to achieve this feat, following Twilight. That 2008 smash took 45 weeks to sell 500K digital copies. Pitch Perfect has reached that level in just 28 weeks. The album has sold 636K total copies (physical and digital combined).
Naked Bonus Item: Let It Be…Naked is the only album in chart history with the word “naked” in its title to crack the top five on The Billboard 200. Lil Kim’s The Naked Truth just missed. It peaked at #6 in 2005. Here are other albums with the word “naked” in their titles that have made the top 20: John Mellencamp’s Dance Naked (#13 in 1994), Marques Houston’s Naked (#13 in 2005), Barenaked Ladies’ Barenaked Ladies Are Me (#17 in 2006) and Talking Heads’ Naked (#19 in 1988).
Iron Maiden’s Maiden England ’88 is #1 on Top Music Videos for the second week.
Evil Dead was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
Coming Attractions: Paramore’s Paramore is expected to debut at #1 next week, with first-week sales in the 105K range. Brad Paisley’s Wheelhouse will vie with Justin Timberlake’s album for #2, with first-week sales of about 90K. Four other albums are likely to debut in the top 10: Eric Church’s Caught In The Act (#6, 55K), Tyga’s Hotel California (#7, 50K), Stone Sour’s House Of Gold & Bones Pt. 2 (#9, 35K).and Device’s Device (#10, 35K). Also due: Volbeat’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (#11, 30K) and James Blake’s Overgrown (12K).
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