Timberlake, Macklemore top midyear sales
Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars, Pink and Mumford & Sons are at the front of the pack in the music sales race at the 2013 midpoint, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In the tracking period ending June 30, Justin Timberlake's “The 20/20 Experience” stands as the year's biggest-selling album, with just over 2 million copies. No other title has passed the 2 million mark this year. The album bowed in Billboard at No. 1 in March with 968,000 copies, still the year's biggest sales week.
Bruno Mars' “Unorthodox Jukebox,” released in December, is second with 985,000.
Mumford & Sons' “Babel,” which entered the chart at No. 1 in October with 600,000 copies and sold 1.46 million copies by the end of 2012, is third after selling an additional 884,000 copies. “Babel” gained momentum after winning best album at the Grammy Awards.
Blake Shelton's “Based on a True Story ...” ranks fourth with 703,000, followed by Imagine Dragons' “Night Visions” with 692,000.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis top the digital songs list with 5.56 million downloads of “Thrift Shop,” the fastest-selling song of any calendar year's first six months, according to Billboard. It breaks the record set last year by Gotye's “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which sold 5.5 million downloads by mid-2012.
Pink's “Just Give Me a Reason” is a distant No. 2 (3.5 million), trailed by Bruno Mars' “When I Was Your Man” (3.4 million), Rihanna's “Stay” (3.3 million) and Imagine Dragons' “Radioactive” (3.2 million).
Consumers have downloaded 682 million digital tracks so far this year, down 2 percent from 2012. Album sales dipped 6 percent to 142 million.
The rankings and sales trajectory could shift dramatically in the year's second half. Jay-Z's “Magna Carta Holy Grail” arrived last week. Fans are also salivating for confirmed or expected discs by John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Beyoncé, Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, R. Kelly, Psy, the Black Keys and Britney Spears. And there's Timberlake's sequel, “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2).”
Edna Gundersen is a staff writer for USA Today.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.