Justin Timberlake is bringing sexy back again, but this time with suits and ties.
In its opening week, Timberlake’s new single, “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay-Z, has already broken records.
The song debuted at No. 14 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart and broke the record for the most first-week plays on the radio in the chart’s 20-year history.
“Suit” was played 6,045 times in between Jan. 14 and Jan. 21 and beat the previous record holder, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” that had 4,602 plays when it was debuted.
On top of this, Timberlake’s new song now holds the position of being the highest-debuting song by a male artist in the Pop chart. “Suit” topped Jon Secada’s “If You Go” from 1994 that debuted at No. 19.
Only Mariah Carey’s song “Dreamlover” was released at a higher spot on the chart at No. 12 in 1993. “Born This Way” ties with “Suit” for being the second highest-debuting song at No. 14.
“Suit & Tie” is Timberlake’s first release since “FutureSex/LoveSounds” in 2006. It gives you a taste of his new album, “The 20/20 Experience,” that was produced by Timbaland.
“It was probably the best time I’ve had in my career… Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process,” Timberlake wrote in a letter to his fans on his website.
Timberlake said that he never expected him messing around in a studio to go anywhere and that his new album was inspired by songs from his childhood and new music that has influenced him since then.
“Suit & Tie” has gone somewhere. Upon its release, the Twitter world went crazy with mixed reactions to the single. Now, the hashtag #suitandtie is trending and the support seems to outweigh the criticism.