Justin Timberlake’s comeback album, “The 20/20 Experience” (RCA), holds at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard chart, beating a slew of new releases by Lil Wayne, Blake Shelton, the pop band OneRepublic and others.
“The 20/20 Experience,” Mr. Timberlake’s first new LP in almost seven years, sold 318,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That is a 67 percent drop from its blockbuster opening but was still far above the sales for the runner-up this week, Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being II” (Cash Money/Republic), which had 217,000. In its two weeks out, Mr. Timberlake’s album has sold almost 1.3 million copies, becoming the first this year to cross the one million mark, Billboard reported.
Mr. Shelton, the country singer catapulted to mainstream fame by his role as a coach on “The Voice,” opened at No. 3 with his latest album, “Based on a True Story…” (Warner Brothers Nashville), which, perhaps not so coincidentally, was released just as a new season of “The Voice” was starting up.” It sold 199,000 copies.
Also this week, “Native” (Mosley/Interscope), the latest by OneRepublic — you know them from “Apologize,” their ubiquitous 2007 song with Timbaland — sold 60,000 copies and opened at No. 4; the country stalwart Alan Jackson is No. 5 with 55,000 sales of “Precious Memories: Volume II” (ACR/EMI Nashville); Depeche Mode’s new “Delta Machine” (Columbia) is No. 6 with 52,000; and the Strokes’ “Comedown Machine” (RCA) opened at No. 10 with 41,000, the band’s weakest opening since 2001.
On the singles chart, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” holds at No. 1 for a second week, after a five-week run at the top by Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.”