Most artists wouldn't be able to survive going nine years between number one records on the Billboard Hot 100. Justin Timberlake isn't most artists.
On Monday, the veteran pop star's brand new single, "Can't Stop The Feeling," reached the top of the charts, the fifth time Timberlake has reached the peak during his 14 year solo career. The record, which is the first single from the forthcoming DreamWorks major motion picture Trolls, for which JT is serving as Executive Producer, is the first piece of new material Timberlake has released since The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 in September of 2013.
Additionally, "Can't Stop The Feeling" racked up 379,177 digital downloads, making it the highest selling first week for a single in 2016.
Incredibly, "Can't Stop The Feeling" marks the first time Timberlake has debuted a song at number one. According to Billboard, this is the 26th time this feat has been accomplished. With nine other top ten singles in his back pocket, including smash hits like "Sexyback," "My Love" and "Cry Me A River," it's hard to believe there is still much left for Timberlake to accomplish in music, but what does remain is being checked off with the the quickness.
A byproduct of Timberlake's lightning fast ascent to the top of this week's Billboard mountain is Drake's hit record, "One Dance," slipping back to the number two position. After waiting two weeks for Desiigner and his "Panda" to move aside, Drake's first solo chart-topping occupancy lasted only one week.
The Toronto mega-star has nothing to be upset about, though, as his hit record has moved 741,707 digital units to date and is currently number one on Spotify's United States Top 50 Chart with 2.3 million streams (nine spots ahead of "Can't Stop The Feeling").