The 25 Biggest First-Week Album Sales in Music History.

After taking a seven-year hiatus from the music business, Justin Timberlake crooned his way back to the Billboard charts this week, selling a whopping 968,000 copies of The 20/20 Experience in its first week of release. Those numbers make it one of the fastest-selling records of all time, or more accurately, since Soundscan started tracking sales in 1991.

The feat got us thinking about other impressive opening weeks, like Taylor Swift's recent streak of dominance, or that time N Sync's sophomore LP went double platinum during its first seven days of availability. Keep in mind that albums like Eminem's The Eminem Show and Whitney Houston's soundtrack for The Bodyguard sold over a million copies in weeks other than their first. We're only talking about projects that sold massively out the gate.

These are The 25 Biggest First-Week Album Sales in Music History.

N Sync, No Strings Attached: 2,416,000

Release Date: 3/21/2000

The boy band pandemonium surrounding 'N Sync began in 1997 with the release of their self-titled debut album. Three years later, the group released their second effort, No Strings Attached, and the album sold 2.4 million copies in its first week, setting a record that has yet to be broken. Despite fierce competition from the Backstreet Boys, this N Sync's claim to the boy band throne. No Strings Attached was eventually certified seven-times platinum.

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N Sync, Celebrity: 1,880,000

Release Date: 7/24/2001

N Sync hasn't released an album in over a decade, and there's still no artist who can best their first-week sales. It was on their third and final album, Celebrity, that Timberlake emerged as the soulful lead singer, leading him into his own solo career. But before the five members split ways, Celebrity dropped to massive fanfare before being certified five-times platinum.

Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP: 1,760,000

Release Date: 5/23/2000

The Slim Shady LP made Eminem a pop star and set the stage for the release of his highly anticipated follow-up. Like "My Name Is," first single "The Real Slim Shady" sparked controversy for calling out the teen idols like Christina Aguilera and 'N Sync. Eminem offered an angry middle-finger waving alternative to the top acts of the day, and fans showed up in droves. There really were a million of us who dressed like him, cursed like him, and just didn't give a fuck like him.

Backstreet Boys, Black & Blue: 1,591,000

Release Date: 11/21/2000

Black & Blue broke an international sales record, selling over five million copies worldwide in its first week. It was the last Backstreet Boys effort during the era of boy bands, and it was the first album on which a majority of the songwriting was done by the artists themselves. BSB became the first group in Soundscan history to sell over a million first-week copies with back-to-back albums.

Britney Spears, Oops!...I Did It Again: 1,319,000

Release Date: 3/27/2000

Britney had already set sales records with her debut, ...Baby One More Time, the previous year; the album went double platinum within a month, on the strength of the title track's pop chart performance. A few months after that, she graced the cover of Rolling Stone with an iconic, controversial, and provocative photo. In Summer 1999, she toured North America, recorded a new album, and then went overseas, appearing on TV and touring in Europe. With so much lead-up to her sophomore album's release, the record sold 1.3 million copies in its first week, and remains the highest one-week sales numbers for a female artist.

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