Timberlake keeps Billboard No. 1 from Lil Wayne, Blake Shelton

Justin Timberlake held onto the top spot of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, beating competition from new albums by rapper Lil Wayne and country singer Blake Shelton.

Timberlake’s chart-topping “The 20/20 Experience,” which features the hit single “Suit & Tie,” sold 318,000 copies in its second week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Since its March 19 debut, Timberlake’s album has sold 1.29 million copies in the United States, making it the biggest-selling album of 2013 so far.

Timberlake, 32, held off rapper Lil Wayne’s latest record “I Am Not a Human Being II,” which sold 217,000 copies.

The Easter holiday, which gave people more time to shop, bolstered the strong sales of this week’s top three albums on the Billboard 200 chart, said Jim Donio, president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers.

The Voice’ Beats ‘American Idol’ In Ratings For First Time ‘Idol’ ratings continue their decline as ‘Voice’ has strong first week.

If you think the men
 are having a hard time staying in the game on elimination night on “American Idol,” just imagine what’s going on behind-the-scenes on Friday mornings when the ratings come in.

The once-unstoppable #1 program in all of prime time has had a humbling season so far, with ratings on a major slide for the second year in a row. But this week brought what is perhaps the deepest cut to date, as rival show “The Voice” posted bigger audience totals than “Idol” for the first time ever.

According to Billboard, “Idol” hit a new ratings low on Thursday night, when Devin Velez was sent packing and it managed just 3.45 million viewers in the coveted 18-49 demo and just 11 million total viewers.