Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds Enters the Billboard Top 200 as the #1 Album in the Country


Jive Recording artist Justin Timberlake debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart with his sophomore release FutureSex/LoveSounds. Selling more than 684,400 copies in its first week, Justin Timberlake becomes the #1 Pop Artist, secures the #1 R&B album and reigns as the best selling solo male artist debut of the year.

Internationally, multi-platinum artist Justin Timberlake arrives at #1 in the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia and Singapore and is top 5 in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Holland, France, Denmark, and Hong Kong. The first single "SexyBack featuring Timbaland" is still topping the charts, as the #1 single four weeks in a row on the Hot 100 Billboard chart, the #1 Radio Airplay single four weeks in a row, and the # 3 single in R&R for 3 weeks in a row.

Not satisfied at topping the charts worldwide, in the digital realm, FutureSex/LoveSounds becomes the biggest pre-order album in iTunes history and breaks the all time record for one week sales of a digital album with sales of 66,698, according to SoundScan. The previous record was held by Coldplay.

FutureSex/LoveSounds is not only becoming a commercial success, but has also garnered universal praise from critics nationwide.

The Los Angeles Times (September 11, 2006) "*** 1/2 ... When Justin Timberlake's sophomore disc debuts at No. 1 on the chart next week, the Beatles era will officially be over. It's been coming for a while, with the rise of hip-hop and the relegation of most rock to the sidelines in terms of innovation. But Timberlake, who started out as part of a prefab Fab Five during the last gasp of Beatle-esque teeny-bop, means to ring in a new paradigm. ... "

USA Today (September 11, 2006) "*** 1/2 out of four ... Timberlake comes into his own as an artist ... "

People Magazine (September 18, 2006) "**** ... On this exhilarating follow-up ... he's more innovator than imitator ... "

The New York Times (September 11, 2006) "The new Justin Timberlake album is sure to be one of the year's biggest releases ... "

Time Magazine (September 18, 2006) " ... On his second solo album ... he goes about his task with the energy, hooks and heavy breathing expected of someone aiming to be pop's seducer in chief. SexyBack is a grinding, stuttering classic ... "

FutureSex/LoveSounds was co-written by Justin Timberlake and the smash single "SexyBack featuring Timbaland" was co-produced and co-written by Justin Timberlake. Additional producers on the album include JAWBreakers, Timbaland and Rick Rubin.

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