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Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience

Have you heard of the 800 lb. gorilla? Next week, Justin Timberlake will be the 800,000 lb. gorilla as it looks like “The 20/20 Experience” will sell up to 800,000 copies, making it the fifth biggest debut of the decade.

Sales projections for “20/20” keep increasing. At the beginning of the week, it appeared that his first album in seven years would sell at least 500,000; then the number soared to 750,000 and with two days left until the chart close, it’s at 800,000, according to Hits Daily Double.

At that rate, the title will handily sell more than the rest of the nine titles in Billboard 200 top 10 combined. In fact, no one else looks to even top 50,000 copies.

In addition to Timberlake, the other debuts will be Kacey Musgraves’ excellent “Same Trailer, Different Park” (read our interview with the up-and-comer here) at No. 4, with sales of around 40,000, and an expanded edition of the soundtrack to “Les Miserables” at No. 7.

Otherwise, it looks like Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” will be at No. 2, Luke Bryan’s “Spring Break…Here To Party” at No. 3 and this week’s No. 1, Bon Jovi’s “What About Now” at No. 5.

Pink’s “The Truth About Love” climbs several notches to No. 6 on the strength of her well-received concert tour and her new single with fun.s’ Nate Ruess, “///. Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” is at No. 8,  Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” at No. 9, and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” at No. 10, according to Hits Daily Double.

David Bowie’s “The Next Day” which bowed at No. 2 this week, likely drops to No. 11 with sales of 21,000-24,000.

In case you’re wondering, the top two biggest debuts of the decade so far belong to Taylor Swift, followed by Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne. Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/news/justin-timberlakes-the-20-20-experience-dominates-next-weeks-billboard-200#zThmwysDedYuoVgE.99


Photo of Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix makes a No. 2 debut on the album chart while Pink surges in single sales. Here’s a look at this week’s Nielsen SoundScan numbers or read more at http://on.vh1.com/12W8Zqm

HOT DEBUT FOR HENDRIX: Jimi Hendrix, one of the few musicians not performing at SXSW this week, arrives at No. 2 on this week’s chart with People, Hell and Angels, a compilation of unreleased songs from the late rocker’s vaults. The set sold 72,000 copies its first week in stores, a slip from the 95,000 copies Hendrix’s last compilation, 2010’s Valleys of Neptune, sold its first week out. But that album didn’t chart as high, peaking at No. 4, which is still pretty good for a guy who died in 1970. The last posthumous release to chart as high as People, Hell and Angels wasMichael Jackson’s This Is It, which debuted at No. 1 in 2009 with a first-week tally of 373,000 sales.

REASON RISING: The strongest gainer on this week’s Digital Songs chart is P!nk’s “Just Give Me a Reason,” which features a vocal assist from fun.’s Nate Reuss. The song is No. 8 on this week’s chart, up from No. 25 last week and No. 62 two weeks ago. It sold 122,000 copies this week, a 91 percent sales bump from the week prior. On the same chart, “Harlem Shake” drops one more spot to No. 4, while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ grampa style anthem “Thrift Shop” rules the chart for a ninth straight week. Meanwhile, the duo’s “Can’t Hold Us” rises to No. 19 on this week’s chart, up from No. 38 last week.

SPRING BREAK FOREVER: Blocking Hendrix from top spot on this week’s chart is country party dude Luke Bryan, who debuts at No. 1 with Spring Break… Here to Party, a compilation album of tracks culled from his series of Spring Break-themed EPs. The album, which includes songs such as “Cold Beer Drinker” and “Take My Drunk Ass Home,” sold 150,000 copies, topping the 145,000 copy bow of his last album, 2011’s Tailgates & Tanlines. Bryan, 36, may be getting a little old for Spring Break, but hey man, we’re not trying to be a “Buzzkill” – which, consequently, is also one of the songs on the album. And you thought James Franco was the king of Spring Break this year.

PLATINUM JUKEBOX: Last week’s No. 1, Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox, slips to No. 3 on this week’s chart. But its 51,000 sales push it past the 1 million sales marker, bringing its 13-week total to 1.011 million sales. Mars, 27, has also sold 5.1 million digital singles from the album, including 1.5 million copies of “When I Was Your Man” (No. 2 on this week’s Digital Songs chart) and 3.6 million copies of the album’s first single “Locked Out of Heaven” (No. 17 this week). Mars’ top selling singles to date are “Just the Way You Are” (5.7 million copies and counting) and “Grenade” (5.5 million). This kid will catch a break one of these days, we’re sure of it.

NINE INCH NAILED: Welcome Oblivion, the debut album from Trent Reznor’s How to Destroy Angels, debuts at No. 30 on this week’s albums chart, selling 12,000 copies. The band will go on a limited tour this spring, before Reznor hits the road with his reformed Nine Inch Nails this summer.

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