Justin Timberlake is back and already breaking records. Billboard reports that Timberlake’s new single, “Suit & Tie,” is now the song with the highest first-week plays total in the 20-year history of the pop songs chart.
“Suit & Tie,” which is Timberlake’s first single since his 2006 album “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” clocked 6,045 plays in its first week, from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20. Timberlake beat out former record-holder Lady Gaga, whose “Born This Way” reached 4,602 plays during its first week in February 2011.
Featuring Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie” already hit No. 14 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart. This number also gives Timberlake the record for the highest-debuting song by a male artist. The title was previously held Jon Secada whose single “If You Go” opened at No. 19 in 1994. Mariah Carey holds the honor of the highest-debuting song overall for her 1993 hit “Dreamlover,” which entered the charts at No. 12.
Timberlake is gearing up for the release of a new album titled “The 20/20 Experience.” “The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn’t expect anything out of it,” Timberlake said in a letter to fans. “I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I’ve had in my career.”
“The 20/20 Experience” is due out this year.
By Madeline Boardman