Justin Timberlake becomes only the second U.S. artist to top the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 since Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” championed the chart in mid-July 2015. All number one singles after that came from non-U.S. artists: Jamaica’s OMI, Canada’s The Weeknd and Justin Bieber, The UK’s Adele and Zayn, and Barbados’ Rihanna. The chart’s love affair with consecutive foreign artists on top ended in May 2016 with “Panda” by American rapper Desiigner for two weeks. Canada’s Drake took over May 21 with “One Dance”. Justin Timberlake now reigns as of the May 28 chart with “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the Trolls motion picture soundtrack.
Timberlake rose to fame as a member of boy group NSYNC. His solo career began in 2002. Since then, he has scored 16 Top 40 hits as a lead artist in his home country. The new song, like many, coming out of The States these days, is short on melody. However, the dance-themed music video (see below) gives it some appeal.