Justin Timberlake way out in front with The 20/20 Experience

Justin Timberlake is on course for his third Official Number 1 album in a row with The 20/20 Experience.

Justin Timberlake is on course for his third Official Number 1 album in a row with The 20/20 Experience.

Justin Timberlake eyes up his third UK Number 1 album in a row as The 20/20 Experience looks set to zoom straight in at the top this weekend.

Having already spawned two Top 5 singles prior to its release (Suit & Tie FT Jay-Z and Mirrors), The 20/20 Experience - the hotly anticipated new release from the ex-*NSync-er – has notched up sales of 57,000 copies putting it way out in front in the race for the Official Albums Chart Number 1 crown.

If JT can maintain his lead through to Sunday, it will be Timberlake’s third UK chart topper in a row; his debut, Justified, and the follow-up, FutureSex/LoveSounds, reached the top spot in 2002 and 2006.

Reigning albums king, David Bowie, slides one place to Number 2 with The Next Day, while Les Miserables shoots up seven places to Number 3 following the release of a new Deluxe Edition earlier this week.

Today’s Top 5 is completed by Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events (Number 4) and Bastille’s Bad Blood (5).

New Entries

In addition to Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (Number 1), there are 11 new entries on today’s Official Albums Chart Update.

Recently reunited indie rockers Suede look set to debut at Number 7 with their first new album in 11 years, Bloodsports, while folk-rock hero Billy Bragg also looks set to go Top 10 this weekend with his thirteenth solo album, Tooth & Nail (Number 9).

London-based trio Daughter are new in at Number 13 with debut album, If You Leave, with Hadouken! on track to enter at 16 with Every Weekend.  


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are back with new offering Specter At The Feast (25), and French artist Yoann Lemoine (AKA  Woodkid), who has previously directed music videos for Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and Katy Perry, among others,  is at 27 today with his debut album, The Golden Age.

This week’s midweek new entries are completed by Steve Mason’s Monkey Minds In The Devils Time (28), YouTube blogger Alex Day’s Epigrams And Interludes (29), Low’s The Invisible Way (34), Clutch’s Earth Rocker (35), and Wet Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow’s Hope (40).

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

1 THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
2 THE NEXT DAY DAVID BOWIE
3 LES MISERABLES MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
4 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
5 BAD BLOOD BASTILLE
6 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
7 BLOODSPORTS SUEDE
8 GRAFFITI ON THE TRAIN STEREOPHONICS
9 TOOTH & NAIL BILLY BRAGG
10 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE P!NK
11 WHAT ABOUT NOW BON JOVI
12 BABEL MUMFORD & SONS
13 IF YOU LEAVE DAUGHTER
14 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG
15 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME OLLY MURS
16 EVERY WEEKEND HADOUKEN
17 TAKE ME HOME ONE DIRECTION
18 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
19 18 MONTHS CALVIN HARRIS
20 GIRL WHO GOT AWAY DIDO
21 ALL THAT ECHOES JOSH GROBAN
22 EVERY KINGDOM BEN HOWARD
23 THE LUMINEERS THE LUMINEERS
24 RED TAYLOR SWIFT
25 SPECTER AT THE FEAST BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB
26 SING TO THE MOON LAURA MVULA
27 THE GOLDEN AGE WOODKID
28 MONKEY MINDS IN THE DEVILS TIME STEVE MASON
29 EPIGRAMS AND INTERLUDES ALEX DAY
30 NUMBER 3 THE SCRIPT
31 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
32 OPPOSITES BIFFY CLYRO
33 EXILE HURTS
34 THE INVISIBLE WAY LOW
35 EARTH ROCKER CLUTCH
36 UNAPOLOGETIC RIHANNA
37 UP ALL NIGHT ONE DIRECTION
38 FALL TO GRACE PALOMA FAITH
39 NOTHING BUT THE BEAT DAVID GUETTA
40 HOPE MARTI PELLOW

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