We are at the mid-point of the year and we are tracking the top 20 most selling albums of 2013. Nielson SoundScan has been doing this top 20 countdown for 22 years now and they recently released the top 20 chart for the besting selling albums in the first half of the year. Toping SoundScan’s charts is the album “The 20/20 Experience” by Justin Timberlake. “The 20/20 Experience” has sold 2,037,000 copies in the first 6 months. Not only that, Timberlake’s album was the only album that sold over a million copies in the first half of the year. This was the second year in a roll that only one album surpassed one million in sales. In fact, 2012 and 2013 are the only years that this has happened according to Nielson SoundScan.
Taking the 2nd spot on the chart is Bruno Mars. Bruno’s album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” just missed the one million platform with 985,000 total albums sold. He was the only artist to sale over 900,000 albums in the first 6 months of 2013. Mumford and Sons took the 3rd position on the chart with their album “Babel.” Their hit album has sold 884,000 copies. Country singing superstar, Blake Shelton, was the highest charting country artist on the entire list. Blake’s album, “Based on a True Story,” sold 703,000 copies in the first half of the year. Ranking 5th on the top 20 chart, the spot belongs to Imagine Dragons. Their album “Night Visions” has sold 692,000 copies in 2013.
The Sound Scan chart is portraying declines, but album sales have been down for years. A decade ago, with the current talent in the chart, you would have seen 6 or 7 artist with one million albums sold. So what will we expect in the second half of the year? Justin Bieber is likely to sale one million copies on the first day of his release, if his album comes out this year. Other artist are planning albums releases this year also. Look for “The 20/20 Experience” to continue reeling in the sales. Florida Georgia Line is also gaining popularity, but probably not enough to make such a six month run. Only time will tell if this trend will continue. Due to technological advances, at this day in age, less people purchase albums. I see the trend continuing, probably for years to come.
Source: Nielson SoundScan
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|1||Justin Timberlake||The 20/20 Experience||2,037,000|
|2||Bruno Mars||Unorthodox Jukebox||985,000|
|3||Mumford & Sons||Babel||884,000|
|4||Blake Shelton||Based on a True Story||703,000|
|5||Imagine Dragons||Night Visions||692,000|
|6||P!nk||The Truth About Love||674,000|
|7||Macklemore & Ryan Lewis||The Heist||653,000|
|8||The Lumineers||The Lumineers||649,000|
|10||Daft Punk||Random Access Memories||614,000|
|11||Florida Georgia Line||Here’s to the Good Times||610,000|
|13||Michael Buble||To Be Loved||528,000|
|15||Lil Wayne||I Am Not a Human Being II||503,000|
|18||Luke Bryan||Spring Break…Here to Party||452,000|
|19||Various Artists||Now 45||441,000|