Justin Timberlake will score his second No. 1 record this year with The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2. Billboard predicts that, at around 350,000 copies sold, 2 of 2 should knock Drake‘s Nothing Was the Same from the Billboard 200′s top spot, meaning that Lorde‘s Pure Heroine will debut at No. 3.
Is Timberlake’s sales victory a “TKO,” then? Not quite. At 968,000 copies sold, his first 20/20 Experience still holds the record for this year’s largest sales week and is the biggest-selling album of 2013. That’s right — with 2 of 2, Timberlake was tasked to beat his own sales records.
Plus, after his first 20/20 Experience arrived to critical acclaim, the soulful but sprawling 2 of 2 had debuted to mixed reviews. Some outlets, like USA Today, praised its ambition. Others, like our Idolator review, concluded that 20/20 is “the first real blemish on JT’s catalog,” given how the pop star’s reunion with Timbaland amounted to music that felt redundant.