This Day in 2006, Justin Timberlake started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his second solo album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' which also became the biggest album ever for pre-orders on iTunes.
FutureSex/LoveSounds is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake, released by Jive Records on September 12, 2006. After a two-year hiatus during when Timberlake felt unable to record new songs, he returned to collaborating with record producer Timbaland. Along with the latter's protégé, Danja, the three mainly wroteFutureSex/LoveSounds and much of the album's contents were produced in Timbaland'sThomas Crown Studios.
Although it shares lyrical themes with Timberlake's debut album, Justified,FutureSex/LoveSounds is much more diverse in its music. It infuses R&B and pop withtechno, funk, and elements of rock, the last being the genre that was the main inspiration of Timberlake during the album's recording. The reprises and interludes interspersed on the album's tracklist were an attempt by the production team at channeling Timberlake's influences which include David Bowie and Prince.
FutureSex/LoveSounds was released to generally positive reviews, in which most critics noted the influences in the album and its collection of eclectic sounds. The album produced six singles that attained chart success, including US number-one hits "SexyBack", "My Love", and "What Goes Around... Comes Around". Rolling Stonemagazine ranked the album at number 46 on its list of the best albums of the 2000s, and aside from earning numerous best-of lists, the album received several Grammy Awardnominations, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. It has been certified multi-platinum in many countries worldwide, and has sold over ten million copies, with four million in the United States alone.
Fueled by its lead single "SexyBack", FutureSex/LoveSounds sold more than 684,000 units in its first week, peaking at number one on the Billboard 200, the official US albums chart. It became Timberlake's first number-one album as a solo artist. The album has sold over four million units in the United States, and has been certified four-time platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (ARIA). FutureSex/LoveSounds became the eighteenth best-selling album of 2006 in the United States.
Internationally, the album was also well received, selling almost equal units and topping many charts worldwide. Sony BMG distinguished FutureSex/LoveSounds as the biggest-selling album among the record company's releases in 2006. Weiss noted that in the past three to five years before the album's release, American artists found it increasingly hard to achieve commercial success in international music markets. He found that Timberlake was among those few "that successfully sells in every country around the world". According to MTV, the album has since sold more than 10 million units worldwide.
In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number one. FutureSex/LoveSounds became the biggest pre-order album in iTuneshistory, breaking the all-time record for one week digital sales previously held by the English alternative rock band Coldplay.Elsewhere in Europe, The album debuted at number one in Ireland, and opened at number two in Sweden and Switzerland. In Australia, the album peaked at number one and has since been certified five-time platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association, denoting shipments of over 350,000 units. FutureSex/LoveSounds is the thirty-fourth best-selling album of 2006 in Australia, and third in the following year.