Justin Timberlake‘s comeback year just keeps getting sweeter. Last week, the singer racked up seven Grammy nominations, and now his latest LP, The 20/20 Experience, has officially topped Billboard’s 200 Albums Chart. This makes him the first male solo artist to earn that title since 50 Cent (and his album The Massacre) back in 2005, according to Billboard.
The 20/20 Experience, Timberlake’s first album of new material since 2006, earned some of the year’s best reviews (including four-star praise from Rolling Stone) and found major radio play with the ubiquitous singles “Mirrors” and “Suit and Tie.” But one 70-minute album just wasn’t enough, so he also released a second installment of material from the same sessions.
Last month, Timberlake showed his crossover appeal at the American Music Awards, taking home the prizes for both Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B and Favorite Male Artist, Pop/Rock. The 20/20 Experience also won Favorite R&B/Soul Album. While the LP was snubbed for an Album of the Year Grammy nomination, Timberlake still racked up seven in total (including nods for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album).
Of course, Timberlake’s incredible 2013 also includes a role in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, a film many are calling one of the year’s best. Critics have praised Timberlake’s performance as folk singer Jim Berkey – and one of his scenes concerning a space-race protest song has been singled out as the film’s funniest scene.