First Week Sales for Justin Timberlake, Lorde & Nelly Are In

First Week Sales for Justin Timberlake, Lorde & Nelly Are InImage via Getty Image/Dave J Hogan

For the second time in 2013 Justin Timberlake debuts at the top of the charts with The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2.

The album sold 350,000 copies to claim No. 1 on the Billboard 200, besting Drake's Nothing Was The Same which moved 148,000 units in its second week. With a combined 806,000 copies sold, the Toronto MC should pass the million mark within the next few weeks. 

In March Justin Timberlake'The 20/20 Experience made a bit of history by selling 968,000 in its first week. While his second installment only did a third of those sales, you still have to applaud the veteran R&B singer for following through on two commendable albums in one year.

16-year-old New Zealand singer Lorde also put up impressive numbers as Pure Heroine landed at No. 3 with 129,000 sold. Her debut album was backed by the hit single "Royals" which recently topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. If you haven't had a chance to see this rising star perform live, this concert review should give you a good idea of why she's clearly on the come-up.

Unfortunately the same can't be said for Nelly whose album M.O. sold just 15,000 copies. In a career that spans over a decade and seven studio releases, this is Nelly's worst first week showing. In fact, his sales have dropped considerably since releasing Sweat and Suit in 2004. 

Nelly might not be celebrating today, but JT surely is:

[via Billboard]

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