Well Justin Timberlake is well and truly back, with his expected return to the top of the US Billboard charts seeing him rack up 968,000 sales of his comeback album The 20/20 Experience, which gave him the 16th best-selling debut week album since SoundScan starting keeping tabs on the Billboards back in 1991.

This adds to the recent news that he topped the UK album charts with his fastest-selling ever record over there too, with 106,000 copies to beat down David Bowie – on his own comeback – into second place. Timberlake wasn’t quite able to follow Taylor Swift’s Red as the 19th record to cross the million selling mark, which she achieved last Autumn, but it was still a fine return from a performer who hasn’t put out an album since 2006’s Future Sex/Love Sounds.

The knock on for JT’s comeback has affected that last LP too, with Future Sex/Love Sounds apparently selling 30,000 units in 2013, which is almost as much as he sold in the entirety of 2012. In more slightly interesting statistics news, it’s worth noting that Swift’s Red wasn’t available on Spotify on the day of its release, whereas Timberlake’s was, so as well as selling over 950,000 copies, each track of the new LP had been streamed more than 500,000 times each on the player, with Suit & Tie the top streamed Spotify track this week. This sets him up for a summer jaunt with Jay Z rather nicely indeed.

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JT is well and truly back on top