Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Top Album, Song Sales Halfway Through 2013

Robbie Daw | July 3, 2013 - 10:26 am

So far in 2013, it turns out that the experiences American music buyers are seeking out are those of the 20/20 and thrift store varieties. Billboard reports that, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Justin Timberlake’s third solo LP The 20/20 Experience is so far the year’s biggest-selling album, having moved just over two million copies, while the most-purchased song from digital retailers is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ode to bargain-hunting, “Thrift Shop.” (It’s sold 5.5 million downloads in 2013.)

In what appears to be a “down” year as far as music sales go (where’s a 21-sized monster hit when the biz needs one?), no other albums have yet to cross the one million mark. The closest: Bruno Mars’ 2012 LP Unorthodox Jukebox, which stands at 985,000 copies sold.

Another observation: Not only do JT and Macklemore collectively have two of the 10 best-selling albums this year, they’re the only acts who each have two songs that have sold more than two million downloads in 2013, to-date. (Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” follow-up “Mirrors” is #12, with 2.2 million.)


1. Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience (2,037,000)
2. Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox (985,000)
3. Mumford & Sons, Babel (884,000)
4. Blake Shelton, Based On A True Story (703,000)
5. Imagine Dragons, Night Visions (692,000)
6. Pink, The Truth About Love (674,000)
7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist (653,000)
8. The Lumineers, The Lumineers (649,000)
9. Taylor Swift, Red (616,000)
10. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories (614,000)


1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop” (5,558,000)
2. Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me a Reason” (3,524,000)
3. Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man” (3,424,000)
4. Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, “Stay” (3,298,000)
5. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (3,246,000)
6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us” (3,129,000)
7. Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise” (3,112,000)
8. Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie” (2,574,000)
9. Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble” (2,455,000)
10. Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.“Blurred Lines” (2,406,000)

See the full list of the year’s top-selling music at Billboard.