Seven years ago, Justin Timberlake brought sexy back. This time around, he’s bringing sales back.
According to Billboard, “Suit & Tie,” Timerberlake’s Jay-Z-assisted single that showed up on iTunes on Monday, could move as many as 350,000 downloads in its first week of release. That would top the opening week sales of his most successful digital single, “SexyBack,” by nearly 100,000.
That’s a big number for JT, and it will make “Suit & Tie” one of only seven songs ever to sell over 300,000 in its opening week. But “Suit & Tie” doesn’t begin to sniff the biggest debut in digital sales history. That title belongs to Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which shifted a staggering 623,000 paid downloads in its first week of release back in the fall of 2012.
Thanks to a lot of early adds at radio, “Suit & Tie” should debut somewhere in the lower half of the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Should airplay remain stout, the sales run this week should give “Suit & Tie” enough juice to challenge for the top spot on that chart, which is currently held in a death grip by Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.” Should he find his way to the No. 1 position, it would be Timberlake’s sixth trip to that plateau — he already had a chart-topper as a member of NSYNC, three as a solo act, and one as a featured guest.
Now that you’ve had a few days to process it, what do you think of “Suit & Tie”? How does it stack up against other Timberlake hits or other radio songs at the moment?
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