Justin Timberlake’s first album in six years is being massively well received by fans. In just one week. Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience is expected to sell 750,000 copies, Billboard.com reports.
Earlier estimates projected 500,000 copies, but there’s a possibility that the album could hit 800,000 by the end of the tracking week, Sunday (March 24). If the Tennessee native cracks 700,000 his latest album collaboration with Timbaland, will surpass first week figures of 2007’s, Future Sex Love Sounds which sold 648,000 copies. With the brunt of sales coming from iTunes, the hefty sales figures could mark the largest debut for a male artists since 2010, when Lil Wayne’s The Carter IV nearly went platinum in a week.
Last Monday (March 11), Timberlake made the album available for early listening, in the middle of a serious promotional push which found him stopping by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon five days in a row, and closing out the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. One day ahead of the March 19 release date, the 32-year-old confirmed to Ryan Seacrest plans to drop a follow-up, sometime this year. “This whole thing about this being the first half of the album is true,” he said, without revealing the release date.
From a critical standpoint, Timberlake’s album has received mixed reviews. The Associated Press was downright obsessed with the project calling it “a brilliant piece of work that plays like a musical movement.” Similarly impressed, MTV declared the album “part Frank Sinatra, part Frank Ocean,” while Rolling Stone noted The 20/20 Experience as “the biggest pop event of 2013 so far, but it’s not quite a pop album.”
Taking a less smitten route, Entertainment Weekly said there was “ultimately not enough showbiz razzle-dazzle,” and Gawker was downright brutal: “The 20/20 Experience is all dressed up, and it goes nowhere.”