Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” maintained its No. 1 crown on the U.S. album chart last week, despite an expected sharp decline.
Half a dozen new titles crowded into the top 10, but none was puissant enough to top Timberlake.
The vocalist’s RCA album took the pinnacle for a second week with a tally of 318,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending March 31. That represented a plunge of 67% from the album’s 968,000-unit debut-week total, the best single-frame score of 2013 to date.
With cumulative sales of 1.3 million to its credit, Timberlake’s set became the first million-seller of the year.
The first “Human Being” arrived at No. 2 in 2010 as a digital download and subsequently ascended to No. 1 behind a CD release. Sales of the sequel were no doubt fueled by media coverage of Wayne’s seizure scare last month; the rap star has since declared that he is suffering from epilepsy.
Blake Shelton’s “Based on a True Story” (Warner Nashville) landed at No. 3 behind a 199,000-unit stanza. It’s the country singer and “The Voice” coach’s second-best chart start to date; 2011’s “Red River Blue” hit No. 1, but with a smaller 116,000-copy debut week.
OneRepublic’s “Native” (Interscope) signed on at No. 4 with 60,000 sold, good for the Colorado-bred rock unit’s first top-10 debut. Act’s previous high water mark came with its debut “Dreaming Out Loud,” which peaked at No. 14 in 2007.
“Precious Memories: Volume II” (EMI Nashville), a second collection of devotional songs by country singer Alan Jackson, entered at No. 5 with 55,000 sold. The singer’s first set of hymns bowed at No. 4 in 2006.
U.K. rock unit Depeche Mode’s “Delta Machine” (Columbia) signed on at No. 6, reaping sales of 52,000. It is the veteran act’s first release in four years: 2009’s “Sounds of the Universe” reached No. 3. New York rockers the Strokes’ “Comedown Machine” (RCA) came aboard at No. 10 with 41,000 shifted. The group’s last three albums all peaked at No. 4.
Holding over from last week with solid increases were Pink’s “The Truth About Love” (No. 7, 49,000 sold, up 34%), Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (No. 8, 47,000, up 59%) and Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (No. 9, 47,000, up 13%).
New releases by the Band Perry and Tyler the Creator will contend for top 10 slots next week.