Top Tunes: Timberlake earns highest-selling album of 2013, Thicke snags top song
In this Nov. 24, 2013 file photo, Justin Timberlake performs on stage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:43AM EST
NEW YORK - Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke owned 2013 in music.
Nielsen Entertainment announced late Tuesday that Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" was the top-selling album with 2.4 million units sold. Thicke's ubiquitous "Blurred Lines" was the bestselling song with 6.4 million tracks sold.
Albums sales were down. Only 289.4 million albums were sold in 2013, compared with 316 million a year before. Single tracks also saw a decrease, by 6 per cent. Streaming, however, was up 32 per cent with 118.1 million streams. The sales figures include data from YouTube, Spotify and other digital outlets. Baauer's "Harlem Shake" topped the year with 489,674,000 streams.
New releases from Eminem and Luke Bryan rounded out the top three albums. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" placed second and third on the singles list.