Justin Timberlake has missed out on landing a million-selling comeback at the top of the U.S. album - by just 32,000 copies.

The pop superstar's The 20/20 Experience has shot to top of the Billboard 200 chart with 968,000 first-week sales.

The album is Timberlake's second U.S. number one - and it's his best solo sales week yet. His former group 'N Sync's No Strings Attached debuted at the top of the countdown with 2.42 million sales in April, 2000.

The singer's new release also topped the charts in Britain on Sunday (24Mar13), knocking fellow comeback king David Bowie's The Next Day off the number one spot.