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Week Ending Oct. 6, 2013. Albums: Justin At #1 (The Sequel)

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Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) sold 350K copies in its first week, just six months after the original album sold 968K copies in its first week. The drop-off in sales between the first and second volumes wasn't really a surprise: The first volume was Timberlake's first studio album in 6-1/2 years. The new one is his first studio album in about six months. As such, the level of anticipation was vastly different.

Despite the drop-off in sales, the new album enters The Billboard 200 at #1. It's Timberlake's second #1 album of 2013. The 20/20 Experience had three weeks on top in the spring. Timberlake has now logged more weeks at #1 than any other artist in 2013. His four weeks surpass Luke Bryan's three.

The tally for 2 of 2 includes sales of a two-disk collection, The Complete Experience, which consists of both the first and second volumes. It does not, however, include sales of the original The 20/20 Experience. That album vaults from #37 to #11 in its 29th week, buoyed by a $7.99 sale in the iTunes store.

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This is the second time that that an act has reached #1 with an original album and a sequel in the same calendar year. System of a Down topped the chart in 2005 with both Mezmerize and Hypnotize. Ray Charles nearly the achieved the feat in 1962. Modern Sounds In Modern And Western Music logged 14 weeks at #1 that summer and fall. In early December, an identically titled album with the subtitle Volume Two peaked at #2.

2 of 2 is Timberlake's third consecutive album to hit #1. Timberlake has now had more #1 albums on his own than he did with *NSYNC. That boy band had a pair of #1 albums in 2000-2001. Timberlake is such a big star that it's easy to take this for granted, but very few group members go on to solo careers in which they surpass the group's achievements.

Timberlake is the second artist (following Luke Bryan) to top The Billboard 200 with two albums in 2013. This is the first calendar year in which two artists have each had two #1 albums since 2005, when Kenny Chesney and System Of A Down both scored.

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The original The 20/20 Experience has ranked in the top 40 ever since it was released in March. It's the best-selling album for the year-to-date. In fact, it has sold slightly more copies (2,310,00) than its two chief rivals (Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox and Imagine Dragons' Night Visions) have sold in 2013, combined. (Those two albums are both 2012 hold-overs; I'm looking only at the albums' 2013 sales: 1,242,000 for Jukebox and 1,041,000 for Night Visions.)

Timberlake's new album sold 183K digital copies, which allows it to enter Top Digital Albums at #1.

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The news for Timberlake wasn't so good on the other side of the Atlantic. The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) enters The U.K.'s Official Albums chart at #2. It's Timberlake's first solo album to fall short of the #1 spot in the U.K. It was kept out of top spot by HAIM's debut album Days Are Gone. (That album, which enters The Billboard 200 at #6, is the debut album by a Los Angeles pop-rock trio which consists of sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim. A song from the album, "The Wire," entered Rock Songs at #50 last week. The song has reached the top 20 in the U.K.)

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Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, debuts at #3, with first-week sales of 129K. (What a dull and generic album cover.) This is the second album by a New Zealand native to hit it big this year. Keith Urban's Fuse debuted at #1 three weeks ago (with first week sales of 98K). Lorde, 16, is more than 50 years younger than Cher, whose Closer To The Truth drops from #3 to #8 in its second week. I imagine Lorde would be happy if she has a fraction of Cher's longevity and achievements. Lorde's "Royals" reached #1 on the Hot 100 last week and will probably stay put this week.

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Luke Bryan's Crash My Party rebounds from #6 to #4. The album this week becomes the sixth album to sell 1 million copies in 2013. It's the first country album to achieve the feat. Crash My Party reached 1 million in just eight weeks. That's much faster than Bryan's only previous million-selling album, Tailgates & Tanlines, which took 38 weeks to sell 1 million copies. (It's now up to 2,157,000). Crash My Party holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the sixth week. That's the longest run at #1 for an album by a male solo artist since Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day had six weeks on top in 2011.

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Tyler Farr's Redneck Crazy debuts at #5. The title song has climbed as high as #2 on Hot Country Songs. This is the first album with the word "redneck" in its title to crack the top 10 since Jeff Foxworthy's Games Rednecks Play hit #8 in September 1995. This is the second album with the word "redneck" in its title to crack the 30 this year. The Lacs' Keep It Redneck debuted and peaked at #23 in August. Farr has written songs for country acts Colt Ford and Joe Nichols, among others.

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Lorde's "Royals" holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third week. It sold 309K copies this week, its highest tally to date. Will "Royals" also hold at #1 on the Hot 100? You'll find for sure out later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.

Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.

The Top Five: Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) debuts at #1 (350K). It's his fourth top 10 album as a solo act…Drake's Nothing Was The Same dips from #1 to #2 in its second week (148K)… Lorde's Pure Heroine debuts at #3 (129K). It's her first top 10 album…Luke Bryan's Crash My Party rebounds from #6 to #4 in its eighth week (32K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…Tyler Farr's Redneck Crazy debuts at #5 (29K). It's his first top 10 album.

The Second Five: HAIM's Days Are Gone debuts at #6 (26K). It's the trio's first top 10 album…Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull drops from #2 to #7 in its second week (26K)… Cher’s Closer To The Truth dips from #3 to #8 in its second week (25K)…Jack Johnson's From Here To Now To You drops from #5 to #9 in its third week (20K)…Elton John’s The Diving Board drops from #4 to #10 in its second week (19K).

Metallica's Metallica: Through The Never drops from #9 to #25 in its second week. It's #1 on Top Soundtracks for the second week. Three other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Dream Theater’s Dream Theater drops from #7 to #38. Krewella's Get Wet plummets from #8 to #90. Justin Moore’s Off The Beaten Path dips from #10 to #13.

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Nelly’s M.O. debuts at #14. This breaks a string of six straight top 10 studio albums by the hip-hopper.

All Time Low's Don't Panic re-enters the chart at #19, thanks to the release of an expanded edition, dubbed Don't Panic: It's Longer Now! The album reached #6 in October 2012.

Hillsong Young & Free's We Are Young & Free debuts at #22. It's the first in a series of pop albums from the Contemporary Christian empire. The album was recorded live at the Hillsong Convention Centre in Australia in April.

Steven Curtis Chapman's The Glorious Unfolding debuts at #27. Curtis released his first album, First Hand, in 1987. His highest-charting album, All About Love, hit #12 in 2003.

Rush's Vapor Trails: Remixed debuts at #35. The band's original Vapor Trails album debuted and peaked at #6 in May 2002. It has sold 373K copies. The songs were remixed on the new album to eliminate the compression that, to some Rush die-hards, marred the original album.

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Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' Unvarnished debuts at #47. It's the group's first studio album to chart since Up Your Alley hit #19 in October 1988. (Jett's solo release, The Hit List, reached #36 in February 1990.) The group's I Love Rock-N-Roll reached #2 in April 1982. The title track topped the Hot 100 for seven weeks.

Nirvana's 1993 album In Utero drops from #46 to #72 in its 90th chart week. It's #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the second straight week.

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Maroon 5's 2007 album It Won't Be Soon Before Long tops 500K in digital sales this week. It's the group's second album to achieve this feat. 2012's Overexposed is up to 698K. And the group is on the verge of hitting 500K in digital sales with its 2010 album Hands All Over (499K). That will make Maroon 5 only the second act (following Taylor Swift) to top the 500K mark in digital sales with three albums. (Maroon 5's 2002 debut album, Songs About Jane, has sold 387K digital copies. That's high for an album that peaked before digital fully penetrated.)

One Direction's Up All Night—The Live Tour holds at #1 on Top Music Videos for a record-extending 33rd week.

Gravity was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.

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Coming Attractions: Miley Cyrus' Bangerz will debut at #1 next week, with sales in the 250K range. Panic! At The Disco's Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die will open at #2 (95K). Pusha T's My Name Is My Name looks good for #4 (70K). Cassadee Pope's Frame By Frame and Korn’s Paradigm Shift will probably start at #7 and #8 (40K each). Alter Bridge's Fortress and Glee Cast's The Quarterback EP (from their Cory Monteith tribute episode) should land at #9 and #10 (30K each). Also due: Mayday Parade's Monsters In The Closet (#11, 27K), Prince Royce's Soy El Mismo (#14, 17K), Amos Lee’s Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song (#15, 17K) and Cage The Elephant's Melophobia (#16, 15K).

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