Artists who sell more than 850,000 in the first week

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What does Justin Timberlake have in common with the following:

  • 50 Cent
  • Kanye West
  • Lil Wayne
  • Taylor Swift
  • Lady Gaga

? The answer is that they are the only music acts who have managed to push past 850,000 sales in the week of an album’s release in the past 8 years. This is according to Billboard, who are reporting that Timberlake’s latest release is pushing towards the 900,000 figure.

Thus, since 2005, there have just been eight weeks where an album did 850,000-plus. All seven of them did so in their debut frames: 50 Cent’s “The Massacre” (1.14 million; March 19, 2005), Kanye West’s “Late Registration” (860,000; Sept. 17, 2005), West’s “Graduation” (957,000; Sept. 29, 2007), Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” (1.01 million; June 28, 2008), Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” (1.05 million; Nov. 13, 2010), Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (1.11 million, June 11, 2011), Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” (964,000; Sept. 17, 2011) and Swift’s “Red” (1.21 million; Nov. 10, 2012).

via Justin Timberlake’s ’20/20′ Pushes Towards 900,000 for Debut Week | Billboard.

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