There are still two weeks to go in the 2013 chart year, but Timberlake's album has such a commanding lead, it will be virtually impossible for anything to catch it. Timberlake will become the first artist in chart history to wind up with the #1 album of the year both as a solo artist and as a group member. (*NSYNC’s No Strings Attached was the #1 album of 2000.)
Here's some better news: Timberlake's album has sold 1,015,000 digital copies. It's the first album by an artist whose name isn't Adele to sell 1 million digital copies in a calendar year.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the only act with two songs in the year-to-date top 10. "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) is #2 (6,090,000 copies sold in 2013, on top of 1,118,000 copies sold in 2012. "Can't Hold Us" (featuring Ray Dalton) is #6 (4,160,000, on top of 123K sold in 2012).
Eight songs have sold more than 4 million copies each in 2013, more than in any previous year. The old record was five in 2010.
The top 10 includes six collaborations, more than in any previous year. Again, the old record was five in 2010.
Imagine Dragons is the only act to appear in the top five on both the year-to-date albums and singles charts. Florida Georgia Line and Bruno Mars also appear in the top 10 on both charts.
This will mark the sixth time that Eminem has placed an album in the year-end top 10. This will put him in a tie with Garth Brooks and Mariah Carey for the most years with an album in the year-end top 10 in the Nielsen SoundScan era.
This will be the fifth time that Timberlake has placed an album in the year-end top 10 (counting his work with *NSYNC.)
The Year's Top 10 Albums
I've already given you the details about #1, "The 20/20 Experience." Here's the rest of the top 10.
Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" is #2 (1,490,000). It's the year's top rap album. This will mark the fourth time that Eminem has ranked either #1 or #2 on the year-end chart, a first in Nielsen SoundScan history.
Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" is #4 (1,352,000). This is the year's best-selling album that was released in 2012. It sold an additional 480K copies that year.
Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" is #5 (1,287,000). It's the year's top rock album, the year's top debut album and the year's top album by a group or duo. It sold an additional 417K copies in 2012.
Florida Georgia Line's "Here's To The Good Times" is #7 (1,240,000). This sold an additional 181K copies in 2012.
Jay Z's "Magna Carta…Holy Grail" is #8 (1,083,000). If this stays on course, this will be the third time in the past five years that the rap icon has placed an album in the year-end top 10.
Blake Shelton's "Based On A True Story…" is #10 (1,067,000).
P!nk's "The Truth About Love" is the best-selling album by a female artist so far this year. It's #12 overall (904K sold, on top of 945K in 2012). But, as noted above, look for Beyonce's "Beyonce" to overtake it.
"Pitch Perfect" is the year's top soundtrack. It's #18 overall (770K, on top of 212K in 2012).
Top 10 Songs
I've already told you about #1, "Blurred Lines"; #2, "Thrift Shop"; and #6, "Can't Hold Us." Here's the rest of the top 10.
"Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly is #4 (4,585,000). This has sold more copies in a calendar year than any other song by a country act in digital history. This sold an additional 1,636,000 copies in 2012.
"Just Give Me A Reason" by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess is #5 (4,271,000). This is the year's top song by a female lead artist. P!nk had the #10 hit of 2008, "So What." With fun., Ruess had two songs in the top 10 of 2012. This sold an additional 84K copies in 2012.
Lorde's "Royals" is #8 (4,002,000). Lorde, 17, is the youngest artist to have a song in the year-end top 10 since Miley Cyrus, then also 17, had the #6 song of 2009, "Party In The U.S.A."
Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" is #9 (3,881,000). If this stays on course, this will be the second time Mars has had a song in the year-end top 10. This sold an additional 195K copies in 2012.
"Stay" by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko is #10 (3,813,000). If this stays on course, this will be the third time Rihanna has had a song in the year-end top 10 since 2008 (when Nielsen SoundScan's songs recap originated). This sold an additional 57K copies in 2012.
As a featured artist, Pharrell Williams also has two songs in the year's top 20. In addition to the #1-ranked "Blurred Lines," he's featured on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (#13).
Here are other songs, not already mentioned, that rank in the top 20 for the year-to-date: #12, Avicii's "Wake Me Up!"; #16, Fall Out Boy's "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light 'Em Up)"; #17, Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble."; #20, "I Love It" by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX.
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