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Poor critiques apart, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man of the Woods’ is No.1


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Justin Timberlake snagged the No.1 Spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart with “Man of the Woods,” regardless of harsh critiques and a Tremendous Bowl halftime present that was deemed underwhelming on social media and by music critics.

“Man of the Woods,” Timberlake’s first studio album since 2013, offered greater than 242,000 models in its first week of launch, in keeping with Nielsen Music information launched on Monday.

The Billboard 200 chart tallies models from album gross sales, tune gross sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming exercise (1,500 streams equal one album).

“Man of the Woods” marks Timberlake’s fourth Billboard No.1 album and was the biggest-selling album within the U.S. since Taylor Swift’s “Status” in December 2017, Billboard stated.

It debuted at No.1 after a Feb. four Tremendous Bowl efficiency consisting principally of Timberlake’s previous hits that additionally featured a controversial section that includes an enormous projection of Prince, who died in 2016.

The previous NSYNC singer additionally took warmth on social media for failing to say, or carry out with, Janet Jackson after an notorious 2004 Tremendous Bowl look which ended with Timberlake ripping off Jackson’s high and unintentionally briefly exposing her breast.

Nonetheless, the Tremendous Bowl and halftime present have been watched by some 103 million People on tv. Nielsen Music reported final week that on-demand audio and video streams for all the songs carried out by Timberlake jumped 45 % on the day after the sport, in comparison with the day earlier than.

Timberlake, greatest identified for pop tracks like “SexyBack” and “Rock Your Physique,” promoted “Man of the Woods” as a country-inspired album that took him again to his Memphis roots.

However the album had few followers amongst music reviewers. Esquire referred to as it “disappointing” and “form of embarrassing,” whereas USA In the present day stated the album “can’t pull off its Americana-pop fusion.”

On the digital Billboard songs chart, which measures on-line single gross sales, Timberlake had three songs within the high 20 – “Say One thing” that includes Chris Stapleton, “Man of the Woods,” and his 2016 hit “Can’t Cease the Feeling.” Canadian rapper Drake took the highest spot with “God’s Plan,” with greater than 55,00 models offered.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant, Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien

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