LOS ANGELES — Which artists topped sales tallies for the first half of 2013?
Justin Timberlakes The 20/20 Experience is the years biggest-selling album to date, with 2 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Thrift Shop takes digital song honors with 5.6 million downloads.
Billboard reported the findings in a detailed report that also broke some unhappy news for music retailers: This year is the second in a row in which only one album had sold more than 1 million copies by the six-month mark; in 2012 that album was Adeles 21, which had moved 3.7 million copies by this point last year.
The years second-biggest seller so far is Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox, which has sold 985,000 copies just a few thousand more than Timberlakes album moved during its first week in stores. Behind the two pop-soul stars on the album list are the latest from Mumford & Sons, Blake Shelton and Imagine Dragons.
Singles-wise, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are followed by Pinks Just Give Me a Reason, Mars When I Was Your Man, Rihannas Stay and Imagine Dragons Radioactive.
Overall, both album and single sales are down as compared with this point in 2012. But perhaps store owners have reason to feel optimistic about the second half of the year: Timberlakes sequel to The 20/20 Experience is due out Sept. 30.