Sunday 18 March 2018

Justin Timberlake makes chart history with 'Suit & Tie'

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Justin Timberlake attends the
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Justin Timberlake attends the "Friends with Benefits" premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on July 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

JUSTIN Timberlake's comeback single, Suit & Tie, has scored the most first-week plays in the history of the Billboard chart.

Justin Timberlake has made pop history by achieving the most first-week plays in the Billboard chart's history with his single Suit & Tie.

The Billboard Pop Songs chart, which measures mainstream top 40 radio airplay, has reported that Suit & Tie logged 6,045 plays across US radio stations in the second week of January.

This is the largest number in the chart's 20 year history for the debut week of a song. Suit & Tie came in at no14 in the chart, also making it the highest ever entry for a male artist.

Previous record-holders include Lady Gaga's Born This Way, with 4602 spins. Only Mariah Carey's Dreamlover entered the charts at a higher position of 12 in August 1993.

Suit & Tie is Timberlake's first single in six years after the musician too a break to do some acting.

He appeared in Facebook film The Social Network, as well as Rom-Com films Bad Teacher, alongisde Cameron Diaz, and Friends with Benefits.

The release sees a continuation of Timberlake's collaboration with Hollywood music producer Timbaland.

The producer worked on the singer's debut album Justified, which included hit single Cry Me A River, and 2006 album Future Sex/Love Sounds, featuring singles LoveStoned and SexyBack.

Timbaland has been working with Timberlake on his upcoming album, on which Suit & Tie will feature, called The 20/20 Experience. Like his previous releases, Timberlake has been credited with creating an innovative pop sound with the new single.

Alice Vincent

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