Timberlake scores his fifth solo No. 1 and his best sales week for any of his songs.
Justin Timberlake blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 (dated May 28) at No. 1 with his new single, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Timberlake’s fifth solo leader dethrones Drake’s “One Dance” (featuring WizKid and Kyla) after it rose to the summit last week.
As we do every Monday when the chart is refreshed, let’s run down the Hot’s top 10 and more. Highlights of the airplay, sales and streaming-based Hot 100 post on Billboard.com each Monday, with all charts updated each Tuesday.
“Feeling,” released May 6 on DreamWorks/RCA Records and from the forthcoming Trolls soundtrack, is just the 26th song ever to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100; it’s Timberlake’s first No. 1 debut; and it’s the first No. 1 entrance by any act since fellow RCA artist Zayn opened atop the Feb. 20 chart with “Pillowtalk” (now at No. 9). (Overall in the Hot 100’s history, which dates to Aug. 4, 1958, “Feeling” is the 1,055th total No. 1.)
“Feeling” starts at the Hot 100’s summit powered most heavily by its concurrent No. 1 debut on the Digital Songs sales chart (where it’s Timberlake’s sixth leader), having sold 379,000 downloads in its first week (ending May 12), according to Nielsen Music. Timberlake scores his highest weekly sales total for a song, besting the 315,000-unit start for “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay Z, in 2013.
Timberlake also lands the best weekly sales for any song this year. “Feeling” sports the top total since Adele’s “Hello” sold 480,000 (Nov. 28, 2015). It earns the best weekly sum for a male artist since Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth, sold 464,000 more than a year ago (April 25, 2015).
On Radio Songs, “Feeling” flies 27-9 following its first full week of airplay (83 million in audience). It’s the first song to reach the Radio Songs top 10 in just two chart weeks since “Hello” (Nov. 14). The last song before “Feeling” by a male to hit the Radio Songs top 10 in only two weeks? “You Rock My World” by Michael Jackson back in 2001. (Notably, Timberlake makes his first Hot 100 visit since reaching No. 9 in May 2014 with his virtual duet with the late King of Pop, “Love Never Felt So Good.”)
“Feeling” also enters Streaming Songs at No. 6 with 15.6 million U.S. streams in its first full week.
More fun facts regarding Timberlake’s new Hot 100 coronation:
Timberlake lands his fifth solo Hot 100 No. 1. His previous four: “SexyBack” (seven weeks, 2006), “My Love,” featuring T.I. (three weeks, 2006), and “What Goes Around…Comes Around” (one week, 2007), all from his album FutureSex/LoveSounds, and “Give It to Me,” by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Timberlake (two weeks, 2007).
Timberlake made one visit to No. 1 on the Hot 100 before launching his solo career in 2002: As part of *NSYNC, he spent two weeks on top in July-August 2000 with “It’s Gonna Be Me.” (In addition to his No. 1 totals on the Hot 100, he’s also now landed 17 solo top 10s, to go along with six with *NSYNC.)
With “Give It to Me” having last led the Hot 100 dated April 28, 2007, Timberlake returns to No. 1 after nine years and one month. That’s the longest span between leaders since (fellow former member of The Mickey Mouse Club) Christina Aguilera waited 10 years, two months and one week between her own “Lady Marmalade” (with Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk) in 2001 and her featured turn on Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” in 2011. Among males, Timberlake ends the longest break between Hot 100 No. 1s since Dr. Dre went 12 years, two months and three weeks between “No Diggity” (by Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre) and “Crack a Bottle,” his collab with Eminem and 50 Cent.
If we count only Timberlake’s span between No. 1s as a lead act, he ends a break of nine years and three months (from “What Goes Around” to “Feeling”). The last act to go longer between toppers as a lead on both hits? Back in 1999, Cher wrapped a run just 10 days short of 25 years between “Dark Lady” (1974) and “Believe.” The last such break longer than Timberlake’s among males? It was by another superstar known for “Sexy” hits: Rod Stewart waited 14 years, 10 months and three weeks between “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” in 1979 and “All for Love,” with Bryan Adams and Sting, in 1994.
In addition to performing “Feeling,” Timberlake wrote and produced it with pop titans Max Martin and Shellback. While Timberlake has written all five of his Hot 100 No. 1s, and produced four, Martin achieves his 22nd No. 1 as a writer. He remains in third place among songwriters for the most No. 1s in the Hot 100’s history, trailing only Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26). “Feeling” is Martin’s 20th No. 1 as a producer. Only legendary late Beatles producer George Martin has notched more: 23. (Martin’s second No. 1 as a writer? “It’s Gonna Be Me.”)
Meanwhile, thanks to “Feeling,” the DreamWorks imprint achieves its first Hot 100 No. 1. It had previously ranked as high as No. 2 with Lifehouse’s “Hanging by a Moment”; still, due in large part to its longevity (54 weeks on the chart), “Moment” reigned as the No. 1 title on the 2001 year-end Hot 100.
“Feeling” is from the animated film Trolls (based on the wispy-haired Troll dolls), not due in theaters until Nov. 4; Timberlake voices a role, joining stars including Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani and James Corden. Timberlake also serves as an executive producer for the film’s music, with the soundtrack due in September. As for the ETA of his next album, his first since 2013? “Early next year, more than likely,” RCA executive vp/GM Joe Riccitelli said on last week’s Billboard Chart Beat Podcast. “Whenever he’s ready, he’s ready.”