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

Jul 3rd, 2013 // 1 Comment
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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.)

TOP ALBUMS (HALFWAY THROUGH 2013)

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)

TOP DIGITAL SONGS (HALFWAY THROUGH 2013)

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.

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  1. It doesn’t mean it’s the best album… the only reason it sold that much cuz he hasn’t done one for almost a decade. wait ’til he released part 2…

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