Before he released his first new music in seven years, third album The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake planned one high-budget way after another to effectively take over 2013: the Grammys performances, the Legends of the Summer tour announcement, the secret MySpace show at SXSW. Turns out, his efforts may pay off — with a No. 1 debut and, just maybe, a million copies sold within its first week.
Billboard reports that current sales estimates fall between 950,000 and 975,000, so while its sources are hesitant to make that one-million call, it will confirm that The 20/20 Experience should indeed debut at No. 1 — and, that Timberlake will have the best sales week for a male artist since Lil Wayne‘s The Carter IV. Taylor Swift‘s Red was the last album to sell one million copies within its first week.
For kicks, check Timberlake‘s late-February visit to The Jonathan Ross Show, in which the two of them down shots of tequila, play mini-golf with a twist and do just about anything else but talk The 20/20 Experience.