Justin Timberlake Tops Sales In A Year Where Album Purchases Were Way Down

January 6, 2014  |  

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” was the top-selling album of 2013 with 2.43 million copies sold following its release in March. However, the bigger picture for record sales overall — both JT’s and the recording industry’s in general — aren’t so great.

The figures for this album were the lowest since Nielsen Soundscan began keeping a tally in 1991. The previous record holder was Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” in 2008.

And JT’s “20/20 Experience”  was the only album to have sales that topped two million for the whole year. Album sales dipped eight percent in 2013, from 316 million in 2012 to 289.4 million in 2013.

On the flip side, sales of singles did far better. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the top-selling single of the year with fans snapping up 6.5 million units. Right behind him are Macklemore & Ryan with 6.15 million in sales for “Thrift Shop.”

Finally, sales of records — like the real ones that spin around on a turntable — were up by a third at 6.1 million.

Other artists on the top album list were Eminem (“The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” 1.73 million in sales in second place) and Bruno Mars (“Unorthodox Jukebox,” 1.4 million in sales at number five). Beyonce made it to the list at number eight with 1.3 million in sales despite the fact that her album was released only 2.5 weeks before the end of the year. Boom.

And also on the list of top singles were Bruno Mars (“If I Was Your Man,” at number nine with 3.93 million in sales) and Rihanna at number 10 with 3.85 million in sales for her song “Stay with Mikky Ekko.

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