First! Though Justin Timberlake’s vision was initially called into question, he’s more than justified his foresight where The 20/20 Experience is concerned. The recent inductee to Saturday Night Live‘s five-timers club has sold over 2 million copies worldwide of his first album in seven years. The ambitious long-player has now notched a third week atop the Billboard 200, moving an additional 139,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan. Let’s go ahead and get No. 2 out of the way (the Band Perry, Pioneer, 129K, whatever) so we can move on to …
3 to 10: Odd Future front-goblin Tyler, the Creator scores his best sales week to date with the debut of Wolf, selling 89K and coming in at No 3. The kid removed the word “rape” from his repertoire and was rewarded. Perhaps he’ll purge a certain homophobic slur from the next one and hit triple-digits. Country’s Blake Shelton snatched No. 4 with Based on a True Story (82K), while Lil Wayne’s disappointing I Am Not a Human Being II slips from the second slot down to No. 4 (68K). Insanely, New Kids on the Block are in at No. 6 for 10 (51K) — their third Top 10 entry in five years. Killswitch Engage’s Disarm the Descent scores a No. 7 (48K), and the closing trio are all familiar: Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions (37K), Pink’s The Truth About Love (37K), and Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox (36K).
Five-Timer’s Club: Bruno Mars now has something in common with Diddy, Prince, Ludacris, and Lionel Richie: each has scored five No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart as a solo male artist. Mars pulls it off with “When I Was Your Man,” which also holds the distinction of being the second song ever featuring only voice and keys to hold the highest seat in the land (the other was Adele’s “Someone Like You” in 2011). Best of all, Mars hits his fifth No. 1 faster than any other solo dude in history except for Elvis Presley, who he impersonated regularly at the age of 4.
Macklemore is Right About Something: Now that the terrible “Thrift Store” has been knocked out of the No. 1 slot (thanks, Bruno!) we can acknowledge one of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ other two singles lurking on the charts. “Same Love” featuring Seattle singer-songwriter Mary Lambert (No. 35 on Alternative Songs) takes a strong stance for marriage equality and does so in a way that makes the issue more intimate than political. It’s a brave stance and it’s worthy of your time. There, we said it.