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His brand-new Jive/ZLG album, FutureSex/Love Sounds proves the man is “SexyBack” and headed for #1 on next week’s chart...


Timberlake’s Latest Could do 700k as John Mayer, Bob Seger, The Mars Volta and Lionel Richie Also Debut
Timber!!!!! It’s Justin time for fall.

Between Timberlake and Timbaland, the ex-NSYNC member-turned-pop superstar can see the forest for the trees, almost 700k of ‘em, in fact, as his brand-new Jive/ZLG album, FutureSex/Love Sounds proves the man is “SexyBack” and headed for #1 on next week’s chart. Even the critics are grudgingly giving the man props… worth at least 95 additional sales.

That’s according to our usual gang of crack-addled retailers around the country, who e-mail us their information for nothing more than a free membership to our affiliated porn site.

Continuing to stoke the flame at Columbia Records, which is coming off two #1 albums in a row in Dylan and Beyonce, is shaggy-haired heartthrob troubadour and Jessica Simpson ex John Mayer, whose Continuum has been garnering raves from pointy-headed guitar types who hail his return to his signature sound after a foray into the blues. Sources say the album will go over 200k and could go as high as 220-230k.

Capitol Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Bob Seger returns for Face the Promise, his first new studio album since 1995’s It’s a Mystery, which looks to be in the 90k range.

The Mars Volta’s Amputechture, the latest from the At the Drive-in spin-off art-rockers on Universal Motown, looks headed for 70-75k, with Island Def Jam’s third Lionel Richie album, Coming Home, in the 50-55k area.

Other chart newcomers will include Geffen’s Papa Roach and Hollywood RecordsGrey’s Anatomy Vol. 2 (The Fray, Snow Patrol, KT Tunstall, Gomez, etc.) (both at 35-40k). Reprise/WB conceptual heavy metal band Mastadon and Roadrunner/IDJ’s Black Label Society, guitar maestro Zakk Wylde’s group, look to score in the 30-35k range, while Barenaked Ladies launch their own Desperation Records with Barenaked Ladies Are Me, which will make the Top 50, selling between 20-25k.

Overall, things were actually looking up a tad, the market up more than 1% for the week, and up slightly vs. same week last year, leaving us down between 5 and 6% year-to-date.