Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" headed for personal sales record - Reverb

Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” headed for personal sales record

Only time with tell if Justin Timberlake brought the sexy back with his comeback single, “Suit & Tie,” but he did bring the sales. According to Billboard, “Suit & Tie,” which topped the iTunes singles chart in the U.S. and England, is set to sell between 330,000 and 350,000 digital singles this week. This easily beats the 250,000 sold during the first week “Sexyback” was released in 2006.

“Suit & Tie” is exclusively available in the iTunes store, and is the first single from his upcoming album, “The 20/20 Experience.”

Timberlake is in no danger of beating Taylor Swift’s 2012 first week sales of 623,000, though this single is one of only seven songs in the past year to exceed 300,000 in its first week.

According to Billboard, the Jay-Z-assisted single has done well — but not great — during its first week of sales, something it attributes to Timberlake’s low-key marketing strategy and the six years his fans have had to grow up since his last single.

In terms of airplay, “Suit & Tie” ranks No. 6 on the pop songs airplay chart, producing 2,000 spins the first day-and-a-half after its release. Billboard said the single will be place on the magazine’s Hot 100 and may even crack the top 40.

“Suit & Tie” will mark Timberlake’s 21st Hot 100 entry and his first radio-promoted single as a lead artist since he collaborated with Beyonce on “Until the End of Time” in 2007.

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Pop music blogger Allison Sylte is a Fort Collins-based writer and regular contributor to Reverb.