Justin Timberlake has managed to earn two different #1 albums in less than a year, as his new release, The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, bows at #1 this week with 350,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It arrives at the top of the chart 28 weeks after the first volume of The 20/20 Experience debuted at #1 with 968,000 in sales. Timberlake is the only act in 2013 to sell 300,000 copies in a week of two different albums, and he is the only act this year that has sold more than 300,000 units of any album in multiple weeks, according to Billboard.
Meanwhile, last week's #1 effort, Drake's Nothing Was the Same, falls to #2 with 148,000 sold. Rising singer/songwriter Lorde takes a bow at #3 with her first full-length album, Pure Heroine, shifting 129,000 units. Female artists have been on a roll lately, considering that Lorde is the fourth woman to see her first major-label full-length album debut in the Top 10 this year. She follows Ariana Grande,K. Michelle and Kacey Musgraves, who also achieved that feat. Luke Bryan's Crash My Party is #4 this week with 32,000, and fellow country singer Tyler Farr debuts at #5 with his first album, Redneck Crazy, selling 29,000.
Another up-and-coming act, HAIM, scores a #6 debut this week with Days Are Gone, shifting 26,000 copies. Kings of Leon's Mechanical Bull is #7 with just under 26,000 sold, Cher's Closer to the Truth is #8 with 25,000, and JackJohnson's From Here to Now to You is #9 with 20,000. Elton John fills out the Top 10 with The Diving Board, shifting 19,000 in its second week.