Industry sources forecast Sunday that the pop star's new "The 20/20
Experience" could sell between 950,000 and 975,000 by the close of the tracking
week -- tonight. (Nielsen SoundScan's sales week runs Monday-Sunday each week.)
The top 10 of the new Billboard 200 chart, where "20/20" will no doubt be No.
1, will be revealed on Wednesday. Can "20/20" sell 1 million in its debut week?
It's possible that "20/20" could reach a million, but sources are hesitant to go
that far with their sales projections. We'll have to see how the rest of Sunday
shakes out for the album.
But, it would seem that the album has a quite real shot at reaching the magic
million mark. If "20/20" sells a million in its first week, the RCA Records set
would become only the 19th album to do so since SoundScan started tracking music
sales in 1991. The last album to sell a million in a week was Taylor Swift's
"Red," which moved 1.2 million when it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200
chart last fall.
Presently, Timberlake is gunning for the best sales week for an album by a
male artist since Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" sold 964,000 when it debuted at
No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Sept. 17, 2011. On May 11 -- before the RCA
Records album came out on March 19 -- Billboard first reported that "20/20" was
headed for at least 500,000. Then, once the album did drop, its sales projection
jumped to 750,000 on the 20th, 800,000 on the 21st, 850,000 to 900,000 on the
22nd and now 950,000 to 975,000 Sunday.