Justin Timberlake’s latest single ‘Suit & Tie’ breaks Billboard chart records

By Alex Ewald,
Pop singer also will mark return to pop music scene with pre-Super Bowl performance

Justin Timberlake’s new year comeback just keeps on climbing: His single, “Suit and Tie,” collected the highest first-week total radio plays in the Billboard Pop Songs chart’s 20-year history.

Mr. Jessica Biel’s sparkly pop confection debuted at No. 14 and pulled in 6,045 plays between Jan. 14 and 20, according to Entertainment Weekly. The single, which features a slow verse from Jay-Z, is the highest male artist debut (over Jon Secada’s 1994 song “If You Go”) and topped the number of first-week plays over Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” by 2,000 spins.

The “Sexyback” singer’s latest song and forthcoming third album The 20/20 Experience, his first release since 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, has thus far been teased with countdown clocks, confessional videos and website open letters. Timbaland again will produce with Timberlake, following their previously winning collaboration formula.

JT also will perform at a pre-Super Bowl party in New Orleans, the first time he has performed live in four years. The event is invitation-only. The last time Timberlake performed at a Super Bowl event was part of Janet Jackson’s infamous halftime wardrobe malfunction in 2004.

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