Justin Timberlake has notched his second No. 1 album of the year, as “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2” topped all comers to conquer the top of the U.S. album chart.
Timberlake’s RCA release, again drawn from 2012 sessions with producer Timbaland, signed on with first-week sales of 350,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Oct. 6. That’s a far cry from the 968,000-unit debut of the first “20/20,” which debuted at No. 1 in late March behind a promotional juggernaut; that collection has now moved nearly 2.3 million, and leaped 26 slots to No. 11 on the current chart. But Timberlake’s achievement is still an impressive throwback to the ‘60s era when top acts routinely logged more than one chart-topping album in a year.
Rapper Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” (Republic) slipped to No. 2 after its debut at the pinnacle last week, marking a 78% decline with 148,000 sold.
Timberlake and Drake were joined in the top 10 by three promising new acts. Lorde’s debut album “Pure Heroine” (Republic) shot up the chart to No. 3, bowing with a 129,000-unit tally. The 16-year-old New Zealand-bred vocalist, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, has attracted international attention with her single “Royals.
Representing the country side among the debutantes is Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy” (Columbia Nashville), which boarded at No. 5 with 29,000 shifted. The singer-writer, who has penned hits for Colt Ford and Joe Nichols, made his first chart mark with the titular No. 3 country hit.
Alt-pop sister act Haim’s first full-length title “Days Are Gone” (Columbia) moved in at No. 6 with a 26,000-unit score. L.A.-born siblings Alana, Danielle and Este Haim have garnered a worldwide buzz with several tuneful singles and EPs. The album debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. earlier this week.
The week’s top-10 holdovers included Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” (No. 4, 32,000 sold, down 11%), Kings of Leon’s “Mechanical Bull” (No. 7, 26,000, off 76%), Cher’s “Closer to the Truth” (No. 8, 25,000, down 59%), Jack Johnson’s “From Here to Now to You” (No. 9, 20,000, off 46%) and Elton John’s “Diving Board” (No. 10, 19,000, off 59%).
Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” is the top new contestant for next week’s chart, riding in on a crest of media exposure (including a “Saturday Night Live” appearance and a public fencing match with Irish songstress Sinead O’Connor) and beaucoup online chatter.