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Thrift Shop bests Timberlake's Suit & Tie on Billboard chart

Published on Jan 24, 2013 7:13 AM
This Nov. 20, 2012 file photo shows American musician Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore, and his producer Ryan Lewis at Irving Plaza in New York. "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, Dec. 31, to Sunday, Jan. 6. --PHOTO: AP 

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Justin Timberlake's first single in five years - Suit & Tie - fell short of sales expectations for its first week and was kept from the top spot on the Billboard digital songs chart by a novelty rap act.

Suit & Tie, which features rapper Jay-Z, sold 314,000 downloads, according to figures released on Wednesday by Nielsen SoundScan.

Industry experts had expected about 350,000 downloads for Timberlake's widely publicised single, which precedes a new album later in 2013 - his first since 2006.

But Timberlake, 31, who has been focused on building a Hollywood acting career, was dressed down on the digital chart by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' Thrift Shop featuring rapper Wanz, which sold some 341,000 downloads in the week ending on Jan. 20.

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