Friday, April 12, 2024

Justin Timberlake Readies Album Drop After Other “Older Acts” Releases frpm JLo, Green Day, Usher Bombed After First Flush


It isn’t easy for older artists to sell albums anymore. I hope Justin Timberlake is aware of this.

Timberlake is releasing his new album, “Everything I Thought It Was,” on Thursday night. The track listing is peculiar. “Selfish,” a modest hit, is at the end of the album, not the start. The followup single, “Drown,” has not taken off like “Selfish.” One title, “Liar,” will spark gossip about Britney Spears. But will that be enough to give “Everything” legs?

Justin is at an age — 43 — where having sustained chart success may be impossible. The road to ruin is littered with good intentions.

For example:

Green Day, a big rock group, released “Saviors” two months ago. It has sold just 91,000 copies, two thirds of which were actual CDs and downloads.

And that’s a success story. Jennifer Lopez’s “This is Me…Now” has been out three weeks. CDs and downloads come to just 17,000. Add another 10,000 for streaming equivalent.

A good news story comes from Usher, who dropped his album, “Coming Home” on Super Bowl weekend and performed the half time show. He’s got just 56,000 in CDs and downloads, but enough streaming to him up to 300,000. But all his sales came with the Super Bowl. The album is dead now.

Maybe the best news in the geezer department is from the Rolling Stones. They released the critically acclaimed “Hackney Diamonds” last October. Total sales are reported at 566K, half of which comes from streaming. But the Stones are the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band, and the reviews for “Hackney Diamonds” were off the charts.

The question is, will Timberlake be able to stay on the charts after one week? He’s also facing some compeition on March 15th — Kacey Musgraves, who’s almost a decade younger, a country star, with Grammy Awards.

Stay tuned…this is going to get interesting…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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