How many copies of an album can you sell in one week?
If you’re Justin Timberlake, the answer is a solid 968,000, easily. His album The 20/20 Experience, out on RCA Records, has proven that sometimes, “comebacks” aren’t necessarily slow-going, especially if you’re getting help from hip-hop hegemon Jay-Z.
JT has been keeping us on our toes for the better part of this year, and the king of blue-eyed soul is reigning down some serious music upon the masses. But for someone who hasn’t been in the music production game in over seven years, he’s maintained quite the performance pedigree since the latter half of his decade. It seems the hits that came off his first two albums, Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds, have held him over well before this most recent affair with the studio mic.
After appearances performing his indestructible single “Suit & Tie” at the Grammys and Saturday Night Live (where, mind you, he just received the coveted honor of hosting five times) as well as commercial spots all over television, Timberlake is proving to make good on his promise that 2013 will be his definitive music year.
Quality music, too, and by the album. Already there has been talk of another set of tracks he’s planning on laying down before the year’s end. But we’ll leave that speculation for the coming months. For now, we can just revel in each of 20/20‘s tracks, which seem to fit into every type of playlist one might have, from jogging and Jazzercise to dinner and desert (wink!).
Mark Libatique for The Untitled Magazine