Justin Timberlake notches his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Man of the Woods debuts atop the tally. The set, which was released on Feb. 2 through RCA Records, earned 293,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 242,000 were in traditional album sales. Timberlake scores the largest week for an album -- both in terms of units and pure album sales -- since Taylor Swift’s Reputation flew in at No. 1 on the Dec. 2, 2017-dated chart with 1.24 million units and 1.22 million in album sales. Timberlake claims the biggest week for an album by a man since Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. debuted at No. 1 on the May 6, 2017 list with 603,000 units and 353,000 in traditional album sales.
Christina Aguilera is joining the residency stars in Las Vegas. The Genie in a Bottle singer is to headline a "multi-sensory escape" in the theatre Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez previously called home this summer (19). "It's been in talks for a few years now," Christina tells talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. "I'm going to do a residency in Vegas!" The star admits the new gig is perfect for her life as a mother-of-two, adding, "It will be a little easier with the kids. It's less full-on travel." Aguilera is mum to four-year-old daughter Summer and son Max, 11. The singer also announced her new gig, which will begin on 31 May (19) at the Planet Hollywood Resort's Zappos Theater, on Instagram, writing: "Welcome to #TheXperience... a multisensory escape to a world of magic and total freedom." In total, Christina will play an initial run of 16 shows in May, June, September, and October, and tickets go on sale from Friday (01Feb19). "The Xperience is going to be my most ambitious show yet," Christina adds in a press release. "Getting to perform in this adult playground we call Las Vegas is inspiring me to bring forth all of my talents in a mind-blowing theatrical experience - song, dance, visuals and uninterrupted high energy. "For years I have been collecting ideas and concepts that have yet to be implemented on my stages, and Las Vegas is the perfect opportunity for me to collectively showcase my artistry. I cannot wait to bring you into The Xperience."
Erykah Badu and Jill Scott came together for three hours of magic Saturday in the first Verzuz live stream battle between two women. The stream was more union between two friends playing great music than it was a "battle." The two singers played each of their hits as well as songs each have written. What amazed a lot of the 700,000 viewers is that Instagram didn't cut their live stream short, and neither Badu nor Scott seemed to notice.Badu and Scott coming together on Instagram was part of an ongoing series called Verzuz by producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland as a way to entertain fans during quarantine. Previous battles have featured singer-producers Teddy Riley and Babyface, rappers T-Pain and Lil Jon as well as producers Scott Storch and Mannie Fresh.
It's a good time to be a pop music fan. In a week that's seen new releases from Kelly Clarkson, Zayn Malik and more stars, Sam Smith has released "Too Good at Goodbyes," his first single since the 2015 release of his Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning "Writing's on the Wall," the theme song for the James Bond film Spectre. Written with Jimmy Napes and Stargate, "Too Good at Goodbyes" heralds the return of one of music's most celebrated artists. "This song is about a relationship I was in and it's basically about getting good at getting dumped," Smith, 25, says in a statement. "It's been a long while since I've put any music out and I feel that this first single sets the tone of what is to come."