The Digital Skeptic: Justin Timberlake Is Just Getting By
Sales Mr. Timberlake will never, ever touch.
In its debut week, The 20/20 Experience did a Whitney-like 980,000 in disc sales. But by week four, music industry news service Digital Music News said just 97,696 units moved. It's not just that it was a 89.9% drop in less than 30 days. Houston's sales for "The Bodyguard" are simply out of reach.
Album sales just "isn't a high that lasts very long anymore," wrote Digital Music News' Paul Resnikoff.
Not the living it used to be
Now comes the tantalizing question: What's JT's actual cut of the The 20/20 Experience action? That's like asking how Google (GOOG) searches the Web or how FICO calculates your credit score. I literally got mocked by industry insiders when I tried to find out. But in this Internet age, there are no secrets. Anybody can put together a reasonable guess.
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