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Half way through 2013, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Thrift Shop, lead as the year’s biggest-selling album and digital song in the United States, respectively – selling 2 million and 5.6 million according to Nielsen SoundScan.
According to Billboard, through the sales week that ended on June 30, The 20/20 Experience is the only album to sell more than a million copies. The next-biggest seller is Unorthodox Jukebox from Bruno Mars, which moved 985,000.
The 20/20 Experience debuted at No. 1 earlier this year on the weekly Billboard 200 chart, selling 968,000 copies in its first week. That opener continues to be the largest single sales week for any album in 2013. The set’s first two singles (Suit & Tie and Mirrors) have both reached the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
So far in 2013, 15 albums have sold at least 500,000 copies. A year ago at this point (through the week ending July 1, 2012), 11 albums had moved a half-million.
Six of 2013’s top 20 best-selling albums were released this year, while the other 14 dropped in 2012. One of the top 20 albums, Adele’s never-say-die 21, was released in April of 2011. 21 is currently the No. 20 best-selling album of 2013.
This year’s second-largest seller, Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox, was released in December 2012, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Eleven weeks later, it rose to No. 1, marking the first chart-topper for the singer. In total, the album has sold 1.5 million copies since its release.