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Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 10:55am
Justin Timberlake's grand return is going to Washington.
The White House announced this week that the 32-year-old artist is slated to perform there on April 9 as part of an evening of celebration for Memphis Soul music. (The Tennessee native's latest album in particular, "The 20/20 Experience," has stood out with critics for its more soulful sound.)
Timberlake will join other artists like The Alabama Shakes; William Bell; Steve Cropper; Ben Harper; Queen Latifah; Cyndi Lauper; Joshua Ledet; Sam Moore; Charlie Musselwhite; Mavis Staples; and the artist who's given President Obama some of his best karaoke material, Al Green.
The evening is part of the President and First Lady's "In Performance at the White House" series, and it'll air on PBS April 16 at 8 p.m. ET.
Meanwhile, Timberlake's "20/20 Experience" is again at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, and it's expected to hold on to that spot next week, as well.
Although the sales estimates are low - Billboard is thinking it'll do between 150,000 and 170,000, in comparison to the near million copies "The 20/20 Experience" sold in its first week and the 318,000 it sold in its second - the consistency would be notable. If JT pulls off a three-week reign at No. 1, it'll be the first time an album has done so since Taylor Swift released "Red" last November.