Justin Timberlake’s new album, Man of the Woods, is on course for a No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters.
Prognosticators suggest the pop star’s latest effort, which was released on Feb. 2 through RCA Records, could launch atop the chart with around 300,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 8. If Man of the Woods starts in the penthouse, it will secure Timberlake his fourth straight No. 1 album.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Feb. 17, 2018-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Man of the Woods will probably debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Feb. 11.
If Man of the Woods starts as expected, it would log the biggest week for an album since Taylor Swift’s Reputation launched at No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 2, 2017, with 1.24 million units according to Nielsen Music. Woods would also garner the largest stanza for an album by a man since Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. debuted at No. 1 with 603,000 units on the list dated May 6, 2017.
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) and FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). His only album to miss the top was his first solo set, Justified, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2002.