Justin Timberlake's comeback single Suit & Tie makes US chart history
Daisy Wyatt has newly joined the Independent online team as an arts and entertainment writer. She studied English Literature at university and recently graduated from an MA in journalism. She is interested in popular culture and politics, and her radio is only ever tuned into THE HITS or Radio 4.
Tuesday 22 January 2013
Justin Timberlake has made US chart history with the release of his new single “Suit & Tie”.
Timberlake’s comeback single has logged the highest first-week plays on US radio since it premiered on January 14. "Suit & Tie" came in at number 14 in the chart, also making it the highest ever entry for a male artist.
The Billboard Pop Songs chart, which measures mainstream top 40 radio stations, reported that "Suit & Tie" logged 6,045 plays across the air in the second week of January, beating record holder Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”, which opened with 4,602 plays in February 2011.
“Suit & Tie”, which features Jay-Z, is Timberlake’s first single in six years after he took a break from music to pursue an acting career. The singer has since appeared in Oscar-winning film The Social Network, as well as rom-coms Bad Teacher and Friends with Benefits.
The release sees a continuation of Timberlake’s collaboration with Hollywood music producer Timbaland. The producer worked on the singer’s debut album Cry Me A River, and 2006 album Future Sex/Love Sounds, where the duo collaborated on singles “SexyBack” and “LoveStoned”.
On January 10 Timberlake announced his return to music via YouTube. In a video to his fans he said: “What does the next decade mean for me? I'm the one who sits and is obsessive about it before you even get to hear it... I don't want to put anything out that I feel like is something I don't love. You just don't get that every day. You have to wait for it.”
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