Last week Billboard projected that Justin Timberlake ‘s comeback album, The 20/20 Experience , would sell around 500,000 copies in its official first week of release.
Well after being released for two days, the album is already selling at an extraordinary rate in the U.S., and industry sources are forecasting that the pop super star’s set could sell as many as 750,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 24.
The number could even go on to grow larger with 800,000 or possibly more as the week progresses.
If this happens, the album will easily bypass the singer’s second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with a total of 684,000 copies, on the week of September 19th, 2006.
It will also serve as the largest sales week for an album by a male artist since 2010, when Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV shifted 964,000 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 dated September 17th.
The last album, overall, to sell more than 750,000 was Taylor Swift ‘s Red , which debuted at #1 with 1.2 million on the week of November 10, 2012.
Also as suspected, iTunes is serving as the leader of the sales, due to the world of digital music becoming more and more popular these days.
The special Target edition of the album features an additional two tracks that are unavailable anywhere else: “ Dress On” and “ Body Count.” Target also holds the honor of being the ONLY retailer to carry the deluxe edition of the album.
In other Justin Timberlake news, it has been announced that he plans to release a volume 2 of the album later on this year. Thoughts?