Justin Timberlake and Macklemore Lead Midyear Music Sales


Justin Timberlake and Macklemore Lead Midyear Music Sales


Nielsen SoundScan reports that the 'Mirrors' singer's latest album, '20/20 Experience', and the rapper's hit single, 'Thrift Shop', have sold more than 2 million and 5.6 million, respectively.

Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" is the year best-selling album so far. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Timberlake's third solo album has sold more than two million copies. The album almost went platinum when debuting on Billboard 200 chart last March. The album is the only one which has sold more than a million this year.

The next-biggest seller is Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox", which has shifted 985,000. Mumford & Sons' "Babel" placed third after selling 884,000 copies. Debuting at the chart's No. 1 last October, "Babel" has sold additional 884,000 copies this year thanks to the Grammy Award they won for Best Album of the Year.

At No. 4, Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story..." marks this year's biggest-selling country album with 703,000. Imagine Dragons' "Night Vision" is placed fifth after selling 692,000.

This is the second straight year in SoundScan's 22-year history where only one album has sold a million or more in a six-month period. Adele's "21" was last year's qualifier.

Meanwhile, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis top the digital songs list with 5.56 million downloads of their hit single, "Thrift Shop". It breaks last year's record set by Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know", which had 5.5 million downloads by mid-2012. The next top-selling single is Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason". The single has sold 3.5 million this year.

Mars' "When I Was Your Man" rounds out the top three with 3.4 million.

© AceShowbiz.com


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