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Justin Timberlake returns to Billboard's Social 50 chart - 2/17/18

Variety, 2/16/18 --

The Social 50 is powered by data tracked by music analytics company Next Big Sound and ranks the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia and Tumblr. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views and engagement. The chart's latest tracking week ended Feb. 8, and BTS is No. 1.

Above [Travis] Scott, the chart's top re-entry belongs to Justin Timberlake, who appears at No. 4 -- his best Social 50 position since November 2016.

Timberlake's rise comes amid a conglomeration of activity, including the Feb. 2 release of Man of the Woods and his halftime performance at Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.

The singer's Twitter mentions spiked 1,012 percent to 379,000, and he racked up 272,000 Wikipedia views (up 276 percent) as he dominated the music-related news cycle throughout the week, eventually debuting Woods at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (293,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music) and crowning the Artist 100.

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Justin Timberlake Tour Heads Toward $100 Million as 'Say Something' Crosses Over - 2/16/18

Variety, 2/16/18 --

The roll-out for Justin Timberlake's latest album "Man of the Woods" is the rare non-secret release plan, announced in multiple stages, starting with the reveal of his Feb. 4 Super Bowl LII performance in October, and leaving little to mystery other than a series of earthy visuals. And in other ways, the campaign was all there: the release date was known, the single strategy was transparent, and a tour was announced weeks ahead of the halftime show.

"We've got 50 shows on sale in North America and 16 in Europe, and we're over 700,000 tickets [sold] and $100 million gross," says Arthur Fogel, president of global touring for Live Nation. "It's pretty staggering. We're into our third shows in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Toronto; We're into doubles in probably a dozen markets. It's huge."

What's driving audiences to pony up $150 or more for a seat? Memories, for one. Although Timberlake first broke out in the late 1990s with the group *NSYNC, he's not seen as a prestige or heritage artist a showman to be sure, as Timberlake's Super Bowl set proved, but one who still appeals to a wide range of ages when you consider that his first solo album came out in 2002.

That continued draw is thanks in large part to his ubiquity on the radio, where Timberlake notched four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s as a solo artist and averaged a Top 10 hit or two every other year. One of the biggest songs of his career came as recently as 2016. "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from "Trolls" topped the Hot 100 and ended the year as the top-selling song.

"What struck me about the album was that Justin was continuing to move the ball forward musically It's never a rehash of what he's done before," says Tom Poleman, president of national programming at iHeartRadio, which broadcasts to over 800 stations in the U.S. and on the iHeart app. The company has committed to a year-and-a-half-long campaign to bookend the album cycle.

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'90s House' with Lance Bass coming to MTV Asia - 2/16/18



Justin Timberlake Rules Billboard Artist 100 Chart for First Time - 2/14/18

Billboard, 2/14/18 --

Justin Timberlake jumps 12-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Feb. 17) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, powered by the release of his latest studio album, Man of the Woods.

The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014 (nearly a year after Timberlake's previous album, The 20/20 Experience), measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Man of the Woods debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 293,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 8, according to Nielsen Music, scoring him his fourth straight, and total, No. 1. Also aiding his profile in the tracking week was his Super Bowl LII halftime show performance on Feb. 4. Album sales contribute the majority of Timberlake's Artist 100 points (74 percent), followed by digital song sales (14 percent).

Timberlake had hit a prior No. 5 Artist 100 high on May 28, 2016, when his Trolls smash hit "Can't Stop the Feeling!" launched as his fifth No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Happy Valentine's Day - 2/14/18


Lance Bass visits the Outliers TV podcast - 2/13/18



Justin Timberlake & Chris Stapleton's "Say Something" Ranks As Pop Radio's Most Added Song - 2/13/18

Headline Planet, 2/13/18 --

Pop radio is warmly embracing Justin Timberlake's new "Say Something (featuring Chris Stapleton)."

Picked up by another 70 Mediabase-monitored pop stations, the collaboration ranks as this week's most added song.

"Say Something" soared to #32 on this past week's pop chart; the new support should allow it to keep climbing.

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Fatone 'excited' to serve as grand marshal - 2/13/18

Hot Springs Sentinel Record, 2/11/18 --

Actor, musician, and television game show personality Joey Fatone, who soared to fame as a member of the world-famous boy band *NSYNC, is carving some time out of his busy schedule to go green for the First Ever 15th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Though he's excited for his role as celebrity grand marshal on March 17, Fatone is unsure what all to expect.

"I've heard a little bit about (the parade), but then John Corbett (a former celebrity grand marshal) told me about it because he's done it before," Fatone said. "So he gave me a little info on it and I'm excited about it.

"I know it's the shortest parade, and I'm ready to party at 98 feet long."

Fatone first rose to fame as a member of *NSYNC, and has since gone on to become a global pop culture icon finding success as an actor, host, Broadway star, voice-over artist, dancer, and media personality.

A self-proclaimed foodie, Fatone has hosted his own cooking show "My Family Recipe Rocks!" on the Live Well Network, as well as the cooking competition show "Rewrapped" on Food Network. Now he can add restaurateur to his resume, opening Fat One's Hot Dogs & Italian Ice in Orlando.

"I've been traveling around and doing some stuff with 'Impractical Jokers,' and trying to work out another season of 'Impractical Jokers: After Party,'" he said. "But I've also been dealing with hot dogs. I opened up a place called Fat One's which obviously is my last name, just separated. We've been doing that for about over a year and we just moved to doing food trucks.

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Justin Timberlake Earns Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Man of the Woods' - 2/12/18

Billboard, 2/12/18 --

Justin Timberlake notches his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Man of the Woods debuts atop the tally. The set, which was released on Feb. 2 through RCA Records, earned 293,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 242,000 were in traditional album sales.

Timberlake scores the largest week for an album -- both in terms of units and pure album sales -- since Taylor Swift's Reputation flew in at No. 1 on the Dec. 2, 2017-dated chart with 1.24 million units and 1.22 million in album sales. Timberlake claims the biggest week for an album by a man since Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. debuted at No. 1 on the May 6, 2017 list with 603,000 units and 353,000 in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Feb. 17-dated chart (where Man of the Woods starts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday (Feb. 13).

Of Man of the Woods' launch of 293,000 units, 242,000 were in traditional album sales, 14,000 were in TEA units, and 37,000 were in SEA units. Of its pure album sales, 139,000 were in digital albums, 89,000 were in CD sales and 15,000 were in vinyl LP sales.

Notably, Man of the Woods also claims the biggest-selling week for a vinyl album since LCD Soundsystem's American Dream sold 16,000 in its first week, on the chart dated Sept. 23, 2017. (Target carried an exclusive orange-colored edition of Man of the Woods on vinyl, while all other retailers had the standard black vinyl version.)

Overall, Timberlake has the second-biggest sales week for a vinyl LP among solo male artists since Nielsen Music began tracking data in 1991. Only the debut frame of Jack White's Lazaretto was larger: 40,000 in 2014. (Among all soloists in the Nielsen era, only one other artist has sold as many vinyl LPs in a week as Timberlake and White: Adele, who did it in five separate weeks with her 25 album in late 2015.

Timberlake's last album, The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2), debuted at No. 1 on the Oct. 19, 2013-dated chart with 350,000 in traditional album sales. (The chart did not transition to a units-based ranking until the end of 2014.) Timberlake has also topped the list with his first installment of The 20/20 Experience (earlier in 2013; 968,000 copies sold in its first week) and FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006; 684,000). His only album to miss the top was his first solo set, Justified, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2002 (bowing with 439,000 sold).

Of course, the group *NSYNC with Timberlake as a member tallied two Billboard 200 No. 1s: No Strings Attached, in 2000, and Celebrity, in 2001.

Man of the Woods' lead single, "Filthy," debuted and peaked at No. 9 on the Jan. 20-dated Billboard Hot 100 chart. He followed it with a teaser track (and rhythmic radio focus song) "Supplies," which hit No. 71 (Feb. 3). The album's second pop radio single, "Say Something," featuring Chris Stapleton, debuted at No. 9 on the most recently-compiled Hot 100 (dated Feb. 3).

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Justin Timberlake makes initial global impact with 'Man Of The Woods' - 2/12/18

MusicWeek, 2/12/18 --

No.1 on iTunes in 50 territories a week ago, Justin Timberlake's fifth solo studio album, Man of the Woods, now tops the list in none of them... However, at the end of its first week on sale it has made some impact on official chart tabulations, debuting at No.1 in Flanders, The Netherlands and Germany, No.2 in The UK, No.3 in Ireland and New Zealand, No.6 in Sweden and Wallonia, No.8 in Italy and No.32 in Japan. Fuelled by his half time performance at the 52nd Superbowl, Man Of The Woods is also a shoo-in to debut atop the chart in The USA and Canada, and will doubtless add a shoal of further single digit starts a week hence.

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Justin Timberlake's New Album Starts At No. 2 In The U.K. Behind 'The Greatest Showman' - 2/11/18

Forbes, 2/10/18 --

While he may be gearing up to launch his new album Man of the Woods at No. 1 in his home country with what could end up being the largest sales week of the year thus far, Justin Timberlake couldn't do the same across the pond. The pop superstar's fifth solo record starts at No. 2 in the U.K., narrowly missing the peak. The record is now his second to accept that fate, following the near-triumph of The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, which also landed in the runner-up slot. His first three albums on his own did manage to run the show, so he now has five top 10s to his name.

Thus far, none of the four singles released off of Man of the Woods have broken into the top 10, unlike in the U.S., where he's sent two into the highest tier.

Timberlake lost out to The Greatest Showman soundtrack, which holds its position at No. 1 in the country, where it can't be beaten, even by highly-anticipated releases by some of the biggest stars in the world.

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