Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man Of The Woods’ On Track To Debut At No. 1 With Big Numbers

Takedown culture had its sights set on Justin Timberlake, but king has prevailed anyway.

Takedown culture had its sights set on Justin Timberlake, but king has prevailed anyway.

The Internet collectively decided it’s JT’s “turn” to get trashed the way Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have.

I feel like you know what I mean.

Despite claims of cultural appropriation amidst the Black Lives Matter movement, starring in a Woody Allen flick as the #MeToo movement marches forward and a confusing album concept, Timberlake’s new Pharrell x Danja x Neptunes-produced record, Man of the Woods, will hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Hits Daily Double published an industry forecast of what kind of Woods can pull off in its opening week. They estimate he’ll sell between 315-325k.



There’s several things worth noting here – that is Justin’s lowest opening week ever. His debut solo album, Justified, debuted with 439,000 copies in its first week. Fine, but the industry has vastly changed since 2002.

Elsewhere, Woods enters the U.K’s Official Albums Chart at No. 2.

325,000 units in 2018 is actually a very impressive feat – especially considering the kind of backlash (some deserved, most of it not) JT endured. It was not well-received by music critics and the general public, but the numbers don’t lie.

If you haven’t heard the record yet, give it a spin below (start with “Montana”):


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