We have entered 2014, but 2013 is still creating some buzz online, at least when it comes to music. The final sales totals have just been announced and pop superstar’s Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’ and Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ finished 2013 with a bang, as they are the best-selling album and song in the United States, respectively.
The ‘Mirrors’ singer’s highly anticipated record was released on March 19, 2013 and managed to sell 2.43 units in 2013, making it the only album that sold over 2 million copies during the past year. The sales tracking for 2013 began on December 31, 2012 and finished on December 29, 2013. Despite Timberlake’s success, ‘The 20/20 Experience’ the smallest-selling year-end No. 1 album ever since SoundScan started tracking music sales back in 1991.
The second biggest-selling record of 2013 was hip-hop superstar Eminem’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’, which managed to sell 1.73 million copies and this is the sixth time that the ‘Not Afraid’ rapper has placed a record among a year’s top 10 sellers. The third best-selling album of 2013 was ‘Crash My Party’ by Luke Bryan, which sold 1.52 million units. Music diva Beyonce caught everyone by surprise when she released her fifth, self-titled album on December 13, 2013 without any previous announcement or promotion. ‘Beyonce’ is the best-selling album by a woman in 2013, followed by Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’.
‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke was everywhere during 2013 and has earned the best-selling song of 2013 title, with 6.5 million units sold, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Thrift Shop’ came in second, with 6.15 million copies.
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