How much did JT sell?
Justin Timberlake’s fifth studio album hits No. 1.
JT has had an interesting 2018. He unleashed four Timbaland x Danja x Neptunes-produced tracks/videos ahead of releasing Man of the Woods and headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show, but it didn’t stop the Internet from collectively deciding it wasn’t his year.
I’m convinced there’s nothing JT could have done to have stopped the WWW avalanche from engulfing his entire era (unless there was a collaboration with Britney and an apology to Janet, then I’m pretty sure the Internet would have praised). Nonetheless, Timberlake’s new record managed to sell decently well, and especially considering he’s one of only a handful of artists that had to transition into the age of streaming, this is an impressive feat.
According to a new report from Hits Daily Double, Woods sold 242,000 copies (or 296,000 including streaming). That marks the biggest sales week since Taylor Swift dropped Reputation in December. So, it’s not been very long. It’s also JT’s worst opening week ever and I seriously fear for week two’s figures.
Billboard will give an official report on the figures in a few days.
I can’t refute the majority’s gripes about Woods not being JT’s best. It’s actually my least favorite record he’s ever released, but there’s a few things I’d like to mention here: Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds were untouchable pop perfection, so there was really no winning there, and Part I and II of The 20/20 Experience personally got me through some hard times – I’m nostalgic towards it. Woods had some huge shoes to fill. That’s not to say there aren’t some legitimately great tracks on it, however. “Montana,” “Higher Higher,” “Breeze Off The Pond” and “The Hard Stuff” are grade-A.
And hey, a No. 1 is a No. 1.