Nielsen SoundScan revealed the U.S. sales figures for the first six months of 2013, which showed Justin Timberlake atop most album lists with his 20/20 Experience album.
The pop star sat atop the Top-Selling Albums, Top-Selling Digital Albums, and Top-Selling Physical Albums lists — selling over 2.5 million copies of 20/20 Experience in the U.S.
His “Suit & Tie” single ranked at #8 on the Top-Selling Digital Songs list with 2.5 million singles sold.
Topping the Digital Songs list was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with their breakout hit, “Thrift Shop,” which has sold over 5.5 million units domestically.
The Top-Selling Vinyl Albums list was ruled by Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, selling 32,000 copies, while Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” was the Top Streamed Song for firs the first half of the year, easily beating out Macklemore, PSY’s “Gangnum Style”, and Drake’s “Started From The Bottom.”
According to Niselsen, overall sales of albums and track equivalents were down 4.6% vs. the first six months of 2012. However, digital album sales are up 6.3%, while digital tracks were down 2.3%.
CD sales declined 14.2% and Vinyl LP sales were up 33.5%.
“Overall sales are down slightly in the first half of 2013, but there continues to be encouraging growth in digital album sales,” David Bakula, SVP Nielsen Entertainment, said in a statement. “Digital albums now comprise 43% of all album sales, up from 38% at this time last year. Also, while a small percentage of the overall album sales, Vinyl LPs continue to be an amazing growth story with sales up over 33% over last year’s record-setting pace.
“Streaming continues to be a tremendous growth story with over 50 billion audio and video streams in the first six months of 2013,” continues Bakula. “Not only are we seeing massive volume of streams, but we continue to see growth on a comparable provider basis, with stream volume up 24% over the same period last year.”