The 4th of July holiday also roughly marks the midpoint of the year, a time when Nielsen Soundscan puts out a report tracking the bestselling albums of the year. This year, new music from Justin Timberlake, Mumford & Sons, Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton, and Imagine Dragons are the most popular album titles so far, although a few different names appear on the singles list.
The most recent tracking period ended on June 30, and once the numbers were tallied up, it was Mr. Timberlake who ended up in the #1 slot where album sales are concerned. In fact, his album, The 20/20 Experience, is the only one that has pulled over 2 million in total sales numbers, which isn’t half bad for the man’s first solo album since 2006. There’s a good chance those numbers will continue climbing, thanks to the prominence Timberlake’s newest single, “Tunnel Vision,” has gained due to some NSFW images in the music video.
This #1 slot also shouldn’t be surprising, since The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 copies when it hit the market in March. It’s hard to top numbers like these, but Timberlake is hoping to do so once more this fall when he has plans to drop The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2).
Timberlake’s numbers are pretty untouchable, but it’s not like the other artists rounding out the top 5 are doing badly. Bruno Mars nabbed the second spot, even though his album, Unorthodox Jukebox, technically dropped in 2012. In 2013, the man has sold 985,000 copies. Mumford & Son’s Babel is another carryover success story, having sold 884,000 copies this year. Blake Shelton’s newest release, Based on a True Story… , has nabbed the fourth slot and Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions is fifth.
A lot of these albums have been carried on a few singles, but a few songs have done better as singles than as vehicles to sell albums. Chief among these is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” which Billboard has noted that year to date the song has sold a whopping 5,558,000 digital copies. Earlier this year, the group knocked the famed track “Locked out of Heaven” out of the top slot.
The Billboard rock and R&B charts are tallied separately, but the sales numbers on the sides help to explain what has landed where. You can look more into where things land with the R&B and hip-hop and rock listings.