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NIELSEN & BILLBOARD’S 2013 U.S. MUSIC REPORT

NIELSEN & Billboard’s 2013 U.S. Music Report

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STREAMING UP 32% WITH 118.1 BILLION STREAMS IN 2013

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Digital Album Sales Hold Steady; Vinyl LP Sales Increase 33%

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NEW YORK – Nielsen Entertainment, the music industry's leading data information provider (Nielsen SoundScan & Nielsen BDS), and Billboard announce the 2013 year-end report for the 12-month period of December 31, 2012 through December 29, 2013.  Nielsen SoundScan measures U.S. point-of-sale of recorded music product.  Nielsen BDS tracks U.S. radio airplay and music streams.  Both systems power many of the Billboard charts.

 

For 2013, more albums exceeded a million unit sales than in 2012 (13 in 2013 vs. 10 in 2012).  Album sales including Track Equivalent Albums (Albums + TEA) also had more million-sellers in 2013 over 2012 (24 in 2013 vs. 22 in 2012).

 

"Despite shifts in how music is consumed, we see continued growth in overall music consumption says David Bakula, SVP Industry Insights, Nielsen Entertainment.  “With more than 118 billion streams in 2013 reported by our data providers, which is the approximate revenue equivalent of 59 million albums purchased, the industry remains vibrant as consumption continues to change and expand.  2013 was also great year for creative album release events.”

 

OVERALL MUSIC STREAMS

(Includes data from AOL, Cricket, MEDIANET, Rdio, rhapsody, Slacker, SPOTIFY, YOUTUBE/VEVO, Zune - IN BILLIONS)

 

Music streams        2013                                         % CHG.

                                      118.1 Billion              +32%          

 

Overall Music Sales                                               

(TRANSACTIONS: ALBUMS, SINGLES, MUSIC VIDEO, DIGITAL TRACKS–

IN MILLIONS)

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Units Sold

1,556

1,661

-6.3%

 

 

PHYSICAL Music Sales

(Includes CDs, Cassettes, LPs - In Millions)

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Units Sold

172

198

-13%

 

 

Digital Track Sales                                                  

(In Millions)

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Units Sold

1,259

1,336

-6%

 

 

Overall Album Sales With TEA

(Includes All Albums & Track Equivalent Albums

In Millions)

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Units Sold

415.3

450

-7.7%

NOTE: TRACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS EQUATE RATIO OF 10 TRACKS TO 1 ALBUM

 

 

Total Album Sales

(Includes CDs, Cassettes, LPs, Digital Albums - In Millions)

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Units Sold

289.4

316

-8%

 

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

CD

165

193

-14%

DIGITAL                118             118          0%

LP/VINYL               6.1*             4.6       +33%

 

 

Current vs. Catalog Sales (In Millions)

 

 

 

Overall Albums

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Current

152

161

-5.8%

Catalog

138

155

   -11.1%

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Albums

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Current

89

101

-11.3%

Catalog

82

97

-15.5%

 

 

 

 

 

ALBUM SALES: GENRE BREAKDOWN

 

 

 

Format: Album

2012

2013

% Ch (YOY Units)

Alternative

16.8%

17.4%

-4.7%

Classic

2.4%

2.8%

4.9%

Country

14.2%

13.8%

-10.7%

Hard Music

10.1%

10.2%

-8.2%

Jazz

2.6%

2.3%

-18.6%

R&B

15.9%

17.5%

1.2%

Rap

7.8%

8.7%

2.2%

Soundtrack

4.0%

4.0%

-8.4%

Latin

3.1%

2.9%

-12.8%

Rock

33.9%

34.8%

-5.9%

Electronic

2.8%

3.0%

-0.3%

 

Digital Albums

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Current

62.3

60

+3.5%

Catalog

55

57

-3.8%

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Tracks

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Current

594

603

-1.5%

Catalog

666

733

-9.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL TRACKS – GENRE BREAKDOWN

 

            Sales:

 

        

         % of Total:

   

TRACKS

2012

2013

% Change:

2012

2013

 

Total

1,335,881

1,259,786

-5.70%

     

BLUES

3,014

2,526

-16.20%

0.20%

0.20%

 

CHILDREN

4,675

4,021

-14.00%

0.30%

0.30%

 

CHRISTIAN/GOSP

34,354

32,813

-4.50%

2.60%

2.60%

 

CLASSICAL

7,041

5,945

-15.60%

0.50%

0.50%

 

COMEDY

5,094

4,577

-10.10%

0.40%

0.40%

 

COUNTRY

162,075

159,237

-1.80%

12.10%

12.60%

 

DANCE/ELECTRON

53,005

57,469

8.40%

4.00%

4.60%

 

HOLIDAY/SEASON

12,072

9,336

-22.70%

0.90%

0.70%

 

JAZZ

8,774

7,597

-13.40%

0.70%

0.60%

 

LATIN

21,061

19,266

-8.50%

1.60%

1.50%

 

NEWAGE

1,548

1,375

-11.20%

0.10%

0.10%

 

POP

303,751

257,308

-15.30%

22.70%

20.40%

 

R&B/HIP-HOP

249,330

233,953

-6.20%

18.70%

18.60%

 

ROCK

323,772

284,319

-12.20%

24.20%

22.60%

 

WORLD

8,696

6,047

-30.50%

0.70%

0.50%

 

 

 

 

Adobe Systems

Billboard’s Top Selling Albums & SONGS Based on Nielsen SoundScan U.S. Data

Adobe Systems

 

 

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Albums w/TEA
(Includes All Albums & Track Equivalent Albums)

 

 

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Albums

(Includes All CD, DIGITAL, & VINYL Albums)  

 

 

 

 

 

                   

 

Title/Artist

Units Sold

 

1

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN/ 20/20 EXPERIENCE                           

3,086,000

2

IMAGINE DRAGONS / NIGHT VISIONS               

2,479,000

3

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS / THE HEIST                            

2,462,000

4

MARS*BRUNO / UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX                                

2,328,000

5

EMINEM / MARSHALL MATHERS LP2                                  

2,298,000

6

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE / HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES                

2,238,000

7

DRAKE / NOTHING WAS THE SAME                                 

1,930,000

8

BRYAN*LUKE / CRASH MY PARTY                                   

1,930,000

9

PERRY*KATY / PRISM                    

1,650,000

10

P!NK / TRUTH ABOUT LOVE                          

1,604,000

           

    Title/Artist

      Units Sold

 

1 TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN / 20/20 EXPERIENCE

2,427,000

2  EMINEM / MARSHALL MATHERS LP2

1,727,000

3  BRYAN*LUKE / CRASH MY PARTY

1,521,000

4  IMAGINE DRAGONS / NIGHT VISIONS

1,402,000

5  MARS*BRUNO / UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX

1,399,000

6  FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE / HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES

1,350,000

7  DRAKE / NOTHING WAS THE SAME

1,344,000

8  BEYONCE / BEYONCE

1,301,000

9  SHELTON*BLAKE / BASED ON A TRUE STORY

1,109,000

10  JAY Z / MAGNA CARTA...HOLY GRAIL

1,099,000

 

 

       
 

 

 

 

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Digital Songs
(Combines all digital track versions of a song)

Title/Artist

Units Sold

1.     THICKE*ROBIN FEAT. T.I. & PHAR / BLURRED LINES               6,498,000

2.     MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT. /THRIFT SHOP               6,148,000

3.     IMAGINE DRAGONS / RADIOACTIVE                                          5,496,000

4.     FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE / CRUISE                                             4,691,000

5.     LORDE / ROYALS                                                                          4,415,000

6.     PERRY*KATY / ROAR                                                                   4,410,000

7.     P!NK FEAT. NATE RUESS / JUST GIVE ME A REASON             4,321,000

8.     MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT.                                        4,260,000

9.     MARS*BRUNO / WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN                                 3,928,000

10.  RIHANNA FEAT. MIKKY EKKO / STAY                                        3,854,000

 

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Artists

(Based on total album sales in 2013)

artist

 

 

1

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN

3,445,000

2

BRYAN*LUKE

2,740,000

3

EMINEM

2,518,000

4

ONE DIRECTION

1,973,000

5

SHELTON*BLAKE

1,720,000

6

MARS*BRUNO

1,708,000

7

DRAKE

1,605,000

8

BEYONCE

1,573,000

9

MUMFORD & SONS

1,534,000

10.

IMAGINE DRAGONS

1,434,000

 

 

 

2013 Top Ten Selling CD Albums

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Vinyl Albums

 

 

1

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN / 20/20 EXPERIENCE

1,381,000

2

BRYAN*LUKE / CRASH MY PARTY

1,065,000

3

EMINEM / MARSHALL MATHERS LP2

950,000

4

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE / HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES

902,000

5

MARS*BRUNO / UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX

871,000

6

BROOKS*GARTH / BLAME IT ALL ON MY ROOTS

771,000

7

SHELTON*BLAKE / BASED ON A TRUE STORY

765,000

8

ONE DIRECTION / MIDNIGHT MEMORIES

714,000

9

PERRY*KATY / PRISM

686,000

10

ROBERTSONS / DUCK THE HALLS:A ROB

677,000

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1

DAFT PUNK / RANDOM ACCESS MEORIES

49,000

2

VAMPIRE WEEKEND / MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE  CITY

34,000

3

ARCADE FIRE / REFLEKTOR

31,000

4

MUMFORD & SONS / BABEL

27,000

5

MUMFORD & SONS / SIGH NO MORE

27,000

6

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE /...LIKE CLOCKWORK

27,000

7

BON IVER / FOR EMMA FOREVER AGO

23,000

8

LUMINEERS / LUMINEERS

22,000

9

NATIONAL*THE / TROUBLE WILL FIND ME

22,000

10.

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN / 20/20 EXPERIENCE

        21,000

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Digital Albums

 

 

 

 

1

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN / 20/20 EXPERIENCE

1,026,000

2

BEYONCE/BEYONCE

972,000

3

IMAGINE DRAGONS/NIGHT VISIONS

833,000

4

EMINEM/MARSHALL MATHERS LP2

777,000

5

DRAKE/NOTHING WAS THE SAME

689,000

6

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS/THE HEIST

658,000

7

JAY Z/MAGNA CARTA...HOLY GRAIL

640,000

8

PITCH PERFECT/SOUNDTRACK

559,000

9

MUMFORD & SONS/BABEL

556,000

10.

MARS*BRUNO/UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX

524,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

     Billboard’s MOST STREAMED SONGS     

                    Based on Nielsen bds U.S. STREAMING Data

                        2013 top 10 Most Streamed Songs                                                          Streams

1

HARLEM SHAKE / BAAUER

489,674,000

2

GANGNAM STYLE / PSY

279,949,000

3

THRIFT SHOP / MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT. WANZ

256,954,000

4

WRECKING BALL / MILEY CYRUS

187,648,000

5

RADIOACTIVE / IMAGINE DRAGONS

171,286,000

6

WE CAN'T STOP / MILEY CYRUS

155,356,000

7

BLURRED LINES / ROBIN THICKE FEAT. T.I. + PHARRELL

138,790,000

8

CAN'T HOLD US / MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT. RAY DALTON

135,758,000

9

SAIL / AWOLNATION

134,483,000

10

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM / DRAKE

125,465,000

 

 

 

           Billboard’s MOST PLAYED SONGS     

Based on Nielsen bds U.S. RADIO AIRPLAY Data

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – All U.S. Radio                                               DETECTIONS

1      Blurred Lines / Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. + Pharrell                                  673,000

2      Mirrors / Justin Timberlake                                                                                 568,000

3      Stay / Rihanna Feat. Mikky Ekko                                                                          519,000

4      When I Was Your Man / Bruno Mars                                                                 517,000

5      Locked Out Of Heaven / Bruno Mars                                                              514,000

6      Ho Hey / Lumineers                                                                                                      502,000

7      Radioactive / Imagine Dragons                                                                          493,000

8      Just Give Me A Reason / P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess                                          479,000

9      Can't Hold Us / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton           464,000

10   Suit & Tie / Justin Timberlake Feat. Jay Z                                                       462,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs - Top 40                                                                DETECTIONS

1      Can't Hold Us / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton           438,000

2      Blurred Lines / Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. + Pharrell                                  419,000

3      Thrift Shop / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz                             403,000

4      Mirrors / Justin Timberlake                                                                                 397,000

5      Stay / Rihanna Feat. Mikky Ekko                                                                          351,000

6      Don't You Worry Child / Swedish House Mafia Ft. John Martin    342,000

7      Locked Out Of Heaven / Bruno Mars                                                              330,000

8      When I Was Your Man / Bruno Mars                                                                 330,000

9      Get Lucky / Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams                                       329,000

10   Clarity / Zedd Feat. Foxes                                                                                     318,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs - Country                                            DETECTIONS

1      Wagon Wheel / Darius Rucker                                                                           195,000

2      Downtown / Lady Antebellum                                                                            188,000

3      Mama's Broken Heart / Miranda Lambert                                                     185,000

4      Get Your Shine On / Florida Georgia Line                                                  184,000

5      Don't Ya / Brett Eldredge                                                                                     182,000

6      DONE. / The Band Perry                                                                                            180,000

7      Runnin' Outta Moonlight / Randy Houser                                                  178,000

8      All Over The Road / Easton Corbin                                                                 177,000

9      Anywhere With You / Jake Owen                                                                        175,000

10   Sure Be Cool If You Did / Blake Shelton                                                      175,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – Latin                                                                   DETECTIONS

1      Y Te Vas / Banda Carnaval                                                                                      83,000

2      El Ruido De Tus Zapatos / La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho       82,000

3      La Mejor De Todas / Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga                81,000

4      Y Ahora Resulta / Voz De Mando                                                                       80,000

5      Te Amo (Para Siempre ) / Intocable                                                                   76,000

6      Vivir Mi Vida / Marc Anthony                                                                                  72,000

7      Adivina / Noel Torres                                                                                               71,000

8      Me Gustabas / Hermanos Vega Jr.                                                                     71,000

9      Limbo / Daddy Yankee                                                                                                 68,000

10   Damaso Gerardo Ortiz                                                                                           67,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – Adult Contemporary                                 DETECTIONS

1      Ho Hey / Lumineers                                                                                                            247,000

2      Just Give Me A Reason / P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess                                                         225,000

3      Daylight / Maroon 5                                                                                                          214,000

4      Catch My Breath / Kelly Clarkson                                                                              203,000

5      Try / P!nk                                                                                                                              195,000

6      Home / Phillip Phillips                                                                                                      191,000

7      Gone, Gone, Gone / Phillip Phillips                                                                              191,000

8      When I Was Your Man / Bruno Mars                                                                               180,000

9      I Will Wait / Mumford & Sons                                                                                           167,000

10    Stay / Rihanna Feat. Mikky Ekko                                                                                    164,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – Alternative/Mainstream Rock                DETECTIONS

1      Radioactive / Imagine Dragons                                                                                      132,000

2      Safe And Sound / Capital Cities                                                                                       88,000

3      Sweater Weather / Neighbourhood                                                                              83,000

4      Demons / Imagine Dragons                                                                                                81,000

5      Madness / Muse                                                                                                                     80,000

6      Mountain Sound / Of Monsters And Men                                                                       76,000

7      Out Of My League / Fitz & The Tantrums                                                                        73,000

8      Little Black Submarines / Black Keys                                                                          65,000

9      Ho Hey / Lumineers                                                                                                              61,000

10    I Will Wait / Mumford & Sons                                                                                             61,000

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – R&B                                                                    DETECTIONS

1      Adorn / Miguel                                                                                                                    158,000

2      Blurred Lines / Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. + Pharrell                                                   122,000

3      Bad / Wale Feat. Tiara Thomas                                                                                       122,000

4      Power Trip / J. Cole Feat. Miguel                                                                                  119,000

5      Love And War / Tamar Braxton                                                                                      118,000

6      Pour It Up / Rihanna                                                                                                           117,000

7      How Many Drinks? / Miguel                                                                                              105,000

8      Body Party / Ciara                                                                                                             97,000

9      Suit & Tie / Justin Timberlake Feat. Jay Z                                                                    96,000

10    Poetic Justice / Kendrick Lamar Feat. Drake                                                            92,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – Satellite & Network Radio                  DETECTIONS

(Includes data from services including Sirius XM, Music Choice, WestwoodOne, Cumulus Media Networks, etc.)                              

1      Blurred Lines / Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. + Pharrell                                                   10,800

2      Ho Hey / Lumineers                                                                                                            10,200

3      Just Give Me A ReasoN / P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess                                                         9,500

4      Love Somebody / Maroon 5                                                                                             9,400

5      Cruise / Florida Georgia Line                                                                                        9,300

6      Daylight / Maroon 5                                                                                                          9,300

7      Adorn / Miguel                                                                                                                    9,200

8      Safe And Sound / Capital Cities                                                                                     9,100

9      Home / Phillip Phillips                                                                                                      8,900

10    Try / P!nk                                                                                                                              8,800

 

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Videos – All Video Channels                                   DETECTIONS

 

1      Blurred Lines / Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. + Pharrell                                                   3043

2      Suit & Tie / Justin Timberlake Feat. Jay Z                                                                    2078

3      Boys 'Round Here / Blake Shelton Feat. Pistol Annies & Friends                      2070

4      Zumba / Don Omar                                                                                                              2040

5      Limbo / Daddy Yankee                                                                                                        1948

6      Mama's Broken Heart / Miranda Lambert                                                                    1940

7      Cruise / Florida Georgia Line                                                                                        1882

8      I Want Crazy / Hunter Hayes                                                                                           1811

9      Wagon Wheel / Darius Rucker                                                                                       1775

10    See You Again / Carrie Underwood                                                                              1765

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Sellers Of The Soundscan Era

 

Top Selling Albums Of SoundScan Era                                                                    Top Selling Artists OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

(Based on Album Sales from 1991 – 12/29/2013)                                                                    (Based on Album Sales from 1991 – 12/29/2013)   

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Title/Artist

Units Sold

 

 

Artist

Units Sold

1

METALLICA  / METALLICA

15,948,000

 

1

GARTH BROOKS

69,424,000

 

2

TWAIN*SHANIA / COME ON OVER

15,547,000

 

2

BEATLES

64,111,000

 

3

MORISSETTE*ALANIS / JAGGED LITTLE PILL

14,895,000

 

3

MARIAH CAREY

54,209,000

 

4

BEATLES / BEATLES 1

12,281,000

 

4

METALLICA

54,129,000

 

5

BACKSTREET BOYS / MILLENNIUM

12,241,000

 

5

DION*CELINE

52,159,000

 

6

BODYGUARD / SOUNDTRACK

12,085,000

 

6

STRAIT*GEORGE

44,781,000

 

7

SANTANA / SUPERNATURAL

11,792,000

 

7

EMINEM

44,469,000

 

8

CREED / HUMAN CLAY

11,674,000

 

8

MCGRAW*TIM

41,844,000

 

9

MARLEY*BOB & THE WAILERS / LEGEND

11,458,000

 

9

JACKSON*ALAN

40,361,000

 

10

‘N SYNC / NO STRINGS ATTACHED

11,152,000

 

10

PINK FLOYD

38,508,000

 

                             

 

Top Selling DigitalSongs of SoundScan Era                          Top Selling Digital Albums of SoundScan Era  

(Based on Album Sales from 2003 – 12/29/2013)                                                                    (Based on Album Sales from 2003 – 12/29/2013)

               

 

Title/Artist

Units Sold

 

 

Title/Artist

Units Sold

1

BLACK EYED PEAS / I GOTTA FEELING

8,438,000

 

1

ADELE / 21

3,009,000

2

ADELE

8,060,000

 

2

MUMFORD & SONS / SIGH NO MORE

1,676,000

3

LMFAO F. LAUREN BENNETT&G / PARTY ROCK ANTHEM

7,821,000

 

3

MUMFORD & SONS / BABEL

1,334,000

4

GOTYE F. KIMBRA / SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW

7,545,000

 

4

EMINEM / RECOVERY

1,300,000

5

JEPSEN*CARLY RAE / CALL ME MAYBE

7,304,000

 

5

IMAGINE DRAGONS /  NIGHT VISIONS

1,157,000

6

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS / THRIFT SHOP

7,266,000

 

6

SWIFT*TAYLOR / RED

1,135,000

7

LADY GAGA / POKER FACE

7,054,000

 

7

LADY GAGA / FAME

1,086,000

8

FLO RIDA FEAT. T-PAIN / LOW

6,882,000

 

8

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN / 20/20 EXPERIENCE

1,026,000

9

LADY GAGA / JUST DANCE

6,860,000

 

9

BEYONCE / BEYONCE

972,000

10

FUN. FEAT. JANELLE MONAE / WE ARE YOUNG

6,830,000

 

10

LUMINEERS / LUMINEERS

956,000

 

 

2013 YEAR-END HIGHLIGHTS

·         Streaming continues to be a very bright spot for the music industry, with more than 32% growth over last year, including a remarkable +103% increase in On-Demand Audio streaming.

 

·         Justin Timberlake had the biggest album-debut week this year, when the 20/20 Experience opened with 968,000 units in its first week.  20/20 Experience is the best-selling album of the year and, coupled with the subsequent fall release of the 20/20 Experience Complete, the two titles combined to sell over 3.2 Million units in 2013.

 

·         Adele’s 21 album becomes the first album ever to surpass 3 Million in Digital sales, and the top-selling digital album of all time.

Ø  Mumford and Sons Sigh No More and Babel are the 2nd and 3rd biggest-selling digital albums respectively.  Combined sales for these two albums are 3,010,000, exceeding 21 by only 1,000 units.

 

·         Robin Thicke/Blurred Lines and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Thrift Shop eclipsed 6 Million digital song sales each in 2013, the second consecutive year that the top two songs each sold over six million units.

Ø  In 2012, Gotye featuring Kimbra/Somebody That I Used to Know and Carly Rae Jepsen/Call Me Maybe each surpassed six million song sales, marking the first time that any digital song had sold more than six million units in a calendar year.

 

·         Beyoncé had the second-biggest digital album debut of all time when her surprise release Beyoncé was released in December and sold 617,000 digital albums in its first week.  After only three weeks of release, Beyoncé is already the 9th best-selling digital album of all time.

Ø  Lady Gaga/Born This Way moved 662,000 album units in its debut week.

 

·         Justin Timberlake became the first-artist-not-named-Adele to sell more than 1 Million Digital albums in a calendar year as his 20/20 Experience sold 1,026,000 units. 

Ø  Combined with the 20/20 Experience Complete, the two albums sold 1,345,000 Digital Albums.

 

·         Eminem burst back onto the scene with his Marshall Mathers LP2, which had the second biggest album debut week of the year with 792,000 units.  The album totaled over 1.7 Million units for the year and was just one of four Eminem albums to make the Top 200 best-selling albums for the year.

Ø  Recovery sold 169,000 albums in 2013, landing at #164 for the year; Eminem Show sold 165,000 (#175), and Curtain Call sold 154,000 (#189).

 

·         One Direction and Blake Shelton each had three albums in the 2013 Top 200 best-selling albums chart.

Ø  One Direction’s Midnight Memories sold 1,096,000 (#12) in 2013; Take Me Home sold 555,000 (#36); and Up All Night sold 312,000 (#87).

Ø  Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story sold 1,109,000 albums in 2013; Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton sold 182,000 (#144); and Red River Blue sold 165,000.

 

·         Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist not only sold more than 1 Million copies, but the songs from the album also sold nearly 16 Million units combined, or 1.6 Million Track Equivalent Albums (TEA), placing the project as the #3 album with TEA seller for the year.

 

·         Country music continues to be a strong seller across all formats, with Country’s share of total album sales reaching 13.8% this year (down slightly from last year’s record high of 14.1%).  Country’s share of digital song sales has reached 12.6% of all songs sold and 9.6% of all digital albums sold, each of which are high water marks for the genre.

Ø  Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” is the best-selling Country Digital Song of all time, with sales of 6.33 million.  Lady Antebellum/Need You Now (6.27million); Taylor Swift/Love Story (5.66 million); Band Perry/If I Died Young (4.74 million); and Taylor Swift/You Belong (4.41 million) round out the rest of the Top 5.

 

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NIELSEN & Billboard’s 2013 U.S. Music Report

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STREAMING UP 32% WITH 118.1 BILLION STREAMS IN 2013

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Digital Album Sales Hold Steady; Vinyl LP Sales Increase 33%

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NEW YORK – Nielsen Entertainment, the music industry's leading data information provider (Nielsen SoundScan & Nielsen BDS), and Billboard announce the 2013 year-end report for the 12-month period of December 31, 2012 through December 29, 2013.  Nielsen SoundScan measures U.S. point-of-sale of recorded music product.  Nielsen BDS tracks U.S. radio airplay and music streams.  Both systems power many of the Billboard charts.

 

For 2013, more albums exceeded a million unit sales than in 2012 (13 in 2013 vs. 10 in 2012).  Album sales including Track Equivalent Albums (Albums + TEA) also had more million-sellers in 2013 over 2012 (24 in 2013 vs. 22 in 2012).

 

"Despite shifts in how music is consumed, we see continued growth in overall music consumption says David Bakula, SVP Industry Insights, Nielsen Entertainment.  “With more than 118 billion streams in 2013 reported by our data providers, which is the approximate revenue equivalent of 59 million albums purchased, the industry remains vibrant as consumption continues to change and expand.  2013 was also great year for creative album release events.”

 

OVERALL MUSIC STREAMS

(Includes data from AOL, Cricket, MEDIANET, Rdio, rhapsody, Slacker, SPOTIFY, YOUTUBE/VEVO, Zune - IN BILLIONS)

 

Music streams        2013                                         % CHG.

                                      118.1 Billion              +32%          

 

Overall Music Sales                                               

(TRANSACTIONS: ALBUMS, SINGLES, MUSIC VIDEO, DIGITAL TRACKS–

IN MILLIONS)

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Units Sold

1,556

1,661

-6.3%

 

 

PHYSICAL Music Sales

(Includes CDs, Cassettes, LPs - In Millions)

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Units Sold

172

198

-13%

 

 

Digital Track Sales                                                  

(In Millions)

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Units Sold

1,259

1,336

-6%

 

 

Overall Album Sales With TEA

(Includes All Albums & Track Equivalent Albums

In Millions)

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Units Sold

415.3

450

-7.7%

NOTE: TRACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS EQUATE RATIO OF 10 TRACKS TO 1 ALBUM

 

 

Total Album Sales

(Includes CDs, Cassettes, LPs, Digital Albums - In Millions)

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Units Sold

289.4

316

-8%

 

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

CD

165

193

-14%

DIGITAL                118             118          0%

LP/VINYL               6.1*             4.6       +33%

 

 

Current vs. Catalog Sales (In Millions)

 

 

 

Overall Albums

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Current

152

161

-5.8%

Catalog

138

155

   -11.1%

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Albums

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Current

89

101

-11.3%

Catalog

82

97

-15.5%

 

 

 

 

 

ALBUM SALES: GENRE BREAKDOWN

 

 

 

Format: Album

2012

2013

% Ch (YOY Units)

Alternative

16.8%

17.4%

-4.7%

Classic

2.4%

2.8%

4.9%

Country

14.2%

13.8%

-10.7%

Hard Music

10.1%

10.2%

-8.2%

Jazz

2.6%

2.3%

-18.6%

R&B

15.9%

17.5%

1.2%

Rap

7.8%

8.7%

2.2%

Soundtrack

4.0%

4.0%

-8.4%

Latin

3.1%

2.9%

-12.8%

Rock

33.9%

34.8%

-5.9%

Electronic

2.8%

3.0%

-0.3%

 

Digital Albums

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Current

62.3

60

+3.5%

Catalog

55

57

-3.8%

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Tracks

 

2013

2012

% Chg.

Current

594

603

-1.5%

Catalog

666

733

-9.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL TRACKS – GENRE BREAKDOWN

 

            Sales:

 

        

         % of Total:

   

TRACKS

2012

2013

% Change:

2012

2013

 

Total

1,335,881

1,259,786

-5.70%

     

BLUES

3,014

2,526

-16.20%

0.20%

0.20%

 

CHILDREN

4,675

4,021

-14.00%

0.30%

0.30%

 

CHRISTIAN/GOSP

34,354

32,813

-4.50%

2.60%

2.60%

 

CLASSICAL

7,041

5,945

-15.60%

0.50%

0.50%

 

COMEDY

5,094

4,577

-10.10%

0.40%

0.40%

 

COUNTRY

162,075

159,237

-1.80%

12.10%

12.60%

 

DANCE/ELECTRON

53,005

57,469

8.40%

4.00%

4.60%

 

HOLIDAY/SEASON

12,072

9,336

-22.70%

0.90%

0.70%

 

JAZZ

8,774

7,597

-13.40%

0.70%

0.60%

 

LATIN

21,061

19,266

-8.50%

1.60%

1.50%

 

NEWAGE

1,548

1,375

-11.20%

0.10%

0.10%

 

POP

303,751

257,308

-15.30%

22.70%

20.40%

 

R&B/HIP-HOP

249,330

233,953

-6.20%

18.70%

18.60%

 

ROCK

323,772

284,319

-12.20%

24.20%

22.60%

 

WORLD

8,696

6,047

-30.50%

0.70%

0.50%

 

 

 

 

Adobe Systems

Billboard’s Top Selling Albums & SONGS Based on Nielsen SoundScan U.S. Data

Adobe Systems

 

 

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Albums w/TEA
(Includes All Albums & Track Equivalent Albums)

 

 

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Albums

(Includes All CD, DIGITAL, & VINYL Albums)  

 

 

 

 

 

                   

 

Title/Artist

Units Sold

 

1

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN/ 20/20 EXPERIENCE                           

3,086,000

2

IMAGINE DRAGONS / NIGHT VISIONS               

2,479,000

3

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS / THE HEIST                            

2,462,000

4

MARS*BRUNO / UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX                                

2,328,000

5

EMINEM / MARSHALL MATHERS LP2                                  

2,298,000

6

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE / HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES                

2,238,000

7

DRAKE / NOTHING WAS THE SAME                                 

1,930,000

8

BRYAN*LUKE / CRASH MY PARTY                                   

1,930,000

9

PERRY*KATY / PRISM                    

1,650,000

10

P!NK / TRUTH ABOUT LOVE                          

1,604,000

           

    Title/Artist

      Units Sold

 

1 TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN / 20/20 EXPERIENCE

2,427,000

2  EMINEM / MARSHALL MATHERS LP2

1,727,000

3  BRYAN*LUKE / CRASH MY PARTY

1,521,000

4  IMAGINE DRAGONS / NIGHT VISIONS

1,402,000

5  MARS*BRUNO / UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX

1,399,000

6  FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE / HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES

1,350,000

7  DRAKE / NOTHING WAS THE SAME

1,344,000

8  BEYONCE / BEYONCE

1,301,000

9  SHELTON*BLAKE / BASED ON A TRUE STORY

1,109,000

10  JAY Z / MAGNA CARTA...HOLY GRAIL

1,099,000

 

 

       
 

 

 

 

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Digital Songs
(Combines all digital track versions of a song)

Title/Artist

Units Sold

1.     THICKE*ROBIN FEAT. T.I. & PHAR / BLURRED LINES               6,498,000

2.     MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT. /THRIFT SHOP               6,148,000

3.     IMAGINE DRAGONS / RADIOACTIVE                                          5,496,000

4.     FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE / CRUISE                                             4,691,000

5.     LORDE / ROYALS                                                                          4,415,000

6.     PERRY*KATY / ROAR                                                                   4,410,000

7.     P!NK FEAT. NATE RUESS / JUST GIVE ME A REASON             4,321,000

8.     MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT.                                        4,260,000

9.     MARS*BRUNO / WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN                                 3,928,000

10.  RIHANNA FEAT. MIKKY EKKO / STAY                                        3,854,000

 

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Artists

(Based on total album sales in 2013)

artist

 

 

1

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN

3,445,000

2

BRYAN*LUKE

2,740,000

3

EMINEM

2,518,000

4

ONE DIRECTION

1,973,000

5

SHELTON*BLAKE

1,720,000

6

MARS*BRUNO

1,708,000

7

DRAKE

1,605,000

8

BEYONCE

1,573,000

9

MUMFORD & SONS

1,534,000

10.

IMAGINE DRAGONS

1,434,000

 

 

 

2013 Top Ten Selling CD Albums

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Vinyl Albums

 

 

1

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN / 20/20 EXPERIENCE

1,381,000

2

BRYAN*LUKE / CRASH MY PARTY

1,065,000

3

EMINEM / MARSHALL MATHERS LP2

950,000

4

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE / HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES

902,000

5

MARS*BRUNO / UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX

871,000

6

BROOKS*GARTH / BLAME IT ALL ON MY ROOTS

771,000

7

SHELTON*BLAKE / BASED ON A TRUE STORY

765,000

8

ONE DIRECTION / MIDNIGHT MEMORIES

714,000

9

PERRY*KATY / PRISM

686,000

10

ROBERTSONS / DUCK THE HALLS:A ROB

677,000

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1

DAFT PUNK / RANDOM ACCESS MEORIES

49,000

2

VAMPIRE WEEKEND / MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE  CITY

34,000

3

ARCADE FIRE / REFLEKTOR

31,000

4

MUMFORD & SONS / BABEL

27,000

5

MUMFORD & SONS / SIGH NO MORE

27,000

6

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE /...LIKE CLOCKWORK

27,000

7

BON IVER / FOR EMMA FOREVER AGO

23,000

8

LUMINEERS / LUMINEERS

22,000

9

NATIONAL*THE / TROUBLE WILL FIND ME

22,000

10.

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN / 20/20 EXPERIENCE

        21,000

 

2013 Top Ten Selling Digital Albums

 

 

 

 

1

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN / 20/20 EXPERIENCE

1,026,000

2

BEYONCE/BEYONCE

972,000

3

IMAGINE DRAGONS/NIGHT VISIONS

833,000

4

EMINEM/MARSHALL MATHERS LP2

777,000

5

DRAKE/NOTHING WAS THE SAME

689,000

6

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS/THE HEIST

658,000

7

JAY Z/MAGNA CARTA...HOLY GRAIL

640,000

8

PITCH PERFECT/SOUNDTRACK

559,000

9

MUMFORD & SONS/BABEL

556,000

10.

MARS*BRUNO/UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX

524,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

     Billboard’s MOST STREAMED SONGS     

                    Based on Nielsen bds U.S. STREAMING Data

                        2013 top 10 Most Streamed Songs                                                          Streams

1

HARLEM SHAKE / BAAUER

489,674,000

2

GANGNAM STYLE / PSY

279,949,000

3

THRIFT SHOP / MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT. WANZ

256,954,000

4

WRECKING BALL / MILEY CYRUS

187,648,000

5

RADIOACTIVE / IMAGINE DRAGONS

171,286,000

6

WE CAN'T STOP / MILEY CYRUS

155,356,000

7

BLURRED LINES / ROBIN THICKE FEAT. T.I. + PHARRELL

138,790,000

8

CAN'T HOLD US / MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT. RAY DALTON

135,758,000

9

SAIL / AWOLNATION

134,483,000

10

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM / DRAKE

125,465,000

 

 

 

           Billboard’s MOST PLAYED SONGS     

Based on Nielsen bds U.S. RADIO AIRPLAY Data

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – All U.S. Radio                                               DETECTIONS

1      Blurred Lines / Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. + Pharrell                                  673,000

2      Mirrors / Justin Timberlake                                                                                 568,000

3      Stay / Rihanna Feat. Mikky Ekko                                                                          519,000

4      When I Was Your Man / Bruno Mars                                                                 517,000

5      Locked Out Of Heaven / Bruno Mars                                                              514,000

6      Ho Hey / Lumineers                                                                                                      502,000

7      Radioactive / Imagine Dragons                                                                          493,000

8      Just Give Me A Reason / P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess                                          479,000

9      Can't Hold Us / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton           464,000

10   Suit & Tie / Justin Timberlake Feat. Jay Z                                                       462,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs - Top 40                                                                DETECTIONS

1      Can't Hold Us / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton           438,000

2      Blurred Lines / Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. + Pharrell                                  419,000

3      Thrift Shop / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz                             403,000

4      Mirrors / Justin Timberlake                                                                                 397,000

5      Stay / Rihanna Feat. Mikky Ekko                                                                          351,000

6      Don't You Worry Child / Swedish House Mafia Ft. John Martin    342,000

7      Locked Out Of Heaven / Bruno Mars                                                              330,000

8      When I Was Your Man / Bruno Mars                                                                 330,000

9      Get Lucky / Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams                                       329,000

10   Clarity / Zedd Feat. Foxes                                                                                     318,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs - Country                                            DETECTIONS

1      Wagon Wheel / Darius Rucker                                                                           195,000

2      Downtown / Lady Antebellum                                                                            188,000

3      Mama's Broken Heart / Miranda Lambert                                                     185,000

4      Get Your Shine On / Florida Georgia Line                                                  184,000

5      Don't Ya / Brett Eldredge                                                                                     182,000

6      DONE. / The Band Perry                                                                                            180,000

7      Runnin' Outta Moonlight / Randy Houser                                                  178,000

8      All Over The Road / Easton Corbin                                                                 177,000

9      Anywhere With You / Jake Owen                                                                        175,000

10   Sure Be Cool If You Did / Blake Shelton                                                      175,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – Latin                                                                   DETECTIONS

1      Y Te Vas / Banda Carnaval                                                                                      83,000

2      El Ruido De Tus Zapatos / La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho       82,000

3      La Mejor De Todas / Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga                81,000

4      Y Ahora Resulta / Voz De Mando                                                                       80,000

5      Te Amo (Para Siempre ) / Intocable                                                                   76,000

6      Vivir Mi Vida / Marc Anthony                                                                                  72,000

7      Adivina / Noel Torres                                                                                               71,000

8      Me Gustabas / Hermanos Vega Jr.                                                                     71,000

9      Limbo / Daddy Yankee                                                                                                 68,000

10   Damaso Gerardo Ortiz                                                                                           67,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – Adult Contemporary                                 DETECTIONS

1      Ho Hey / Lumineers                                                                                                            247,000

2      Just Give Me A Reason / P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess                                                         225,000

3      Daylight / Maroon 5                                                                                                          214,000

4      Catch My Breath / Kelly Clarkson                                                                              203,000

5      Try / P!nk                                                                                                                              195,000

6      Home / Phillip Phillips                                                                                                      191,000

7      Gone, Gone, Gone / Phillip Phillips                                                                              191,000

8      When I Was Your Man / Bruno Mars                                                                               180,000

9      I Will Wait / Mumford & Sons                                                                                           167,000

10    Stay / Rihanna Feat. Mikky Ekko                                                                                    164,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – Alternative/Mainstream Rock                DETECTIONS

1      Radioactive / Imagine Dragons                                                                                      132,000

2      Safe And Sound / Capital Cities                                                                                       88,000

3      Sweater Weather / Neighbourhood                                                                              83,000

4      Demons / Imagine Dragons                                                                                                81,000

5      Madness / Muse                                                                                                                     80,000

6      Mountain Sound / Of Monsters And Men                                                                       76,000

7      Out Of My League / Fitz & The Tantrums                                                                        73,000

8      Little Black Submarines / Black Keys                                                                          65,000

9      Ho Hey / Lumineers                                                                                                              61,000

10    I Will Wait / Mumford & Sons                                                                                             61,000

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – R&B                                                                    DETECTIONS

1      Adorn / Miguel                                                                                                                    158,000

2      Blurred Lines / Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. + Pharrell                                                   122,000

3      Bad / Wale Feat. Tiara Thomas                                                                                       122,000

4      Power Trip / J. Cole Feat. Miguel                                                                                  119,000

5      Love And War / Tamar Braxton                                                                                      118,000

6      Pour It Up / Rihanna                                                                                                           117,000

7      How Many Drinks? / Miguel                                                                                              105,000

8      Body Party / Ciara                                                                                                             97,000

9      Suit & Tie / Justin Timberlake Feat. Jay Z                                                                    96,000

10    Poetic Justice / Kendrick Lamar Feat. Drake                                                            92,000

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Songs – Satellite & Network Radio                  DETECTIONS

(Includes data from services including Sirius XM, Music Choice, WestwoodOne, Cumulus Media Networks, etc.)                              

1      Blurred Lines / Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. + Pharrell                                                   10,800

2      Ho Hey / Lumineers                                                                                                            10,200

3      Just Give Me A ReasoN / P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess                                                         9,500

4      Love Somebody / Maroon 5                                                                                             9,400

5      Cruise / Florida Georgia Line                                                                                        9,300

6      Daylight / Maroon 5                                                                                                          9,300

7      Adorn / Miguel                                                                                                                    9,200

8      Safe And Sound / Capital Cities                                                                                     9,100

9      Home / Phillip Phillips                                                                                                      8,900

10    Try / P!nk                                                                                                                              8,800

 

 

2013 top 10 Most Played Videos – All Video Channels                                   DETECTIONS

 

1      Blurred Lines / Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. + Pharrell                                                   3043

2      Suit & Tie / Justin Timberlake Feat. Jay Z                                                                    2078

3      Boys 'Round Here / Blake Shelton Feat. Pistol Annies & Friends                      2070

4      Zumba / Don Omar                                                                                                              2040

5      Limbo / Daddy Yankee                                                                                                        1948

6      Mama's Broken Heart / Miranda Lambert                                                                    1940

7      Cruise / Florida Georgia Line                                                                                        1882

8      I Want Crazy / Hunter Hayes                                                                                           1811

9      Wagon Wheel / Darius Rucker                                                                                       1775

10    See You Again / Carrie Underwood                                                                              1765

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Sellers Of The Soundscan Era

 

Top Selling Albums Of SoundScan Era                                                                    Top Selling Artists OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

(Based on Album Sales from 1991 – 12/29/2013)                                                                    (Based on Album Sales from 1991 – 12/29/2013)   

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Title/Artist

Units Sold

 

 

Artist

Units Sold

1

METALLICA  / METALLICA

15,948,000

 

1

GARTH BROOKS

69,424,000

 

2

TWAIN*SHANIA / COME ON OVER

15,547,000

 

2

BEATLES

64,111,000

 

3

MORISSETTE*ALANIS / JAGGED LITTLE PILL

14,895,000

 

3

MARIAH CAREY

54,209,000

 

4

BEATLES / BEATLES 1

12,281,000

 

4

METALLICA

54,129,000

 

5

BACKSTREET BOYS / MILLENNIUM

12,241,000

 

5

DION*CELINE

52,159,000

 

6

BODYGUARD / SOUNDTRACK

12,085,000

 

6

STRAIT*GEORGE

44,781,000

 

7

SANTANA / SUPERNATURAL

11,792,000

 

7

EMINEM

44,469,000

 

8

CREED / HUMAN CLAY

11,674,000

 

8

MCGRAW*TIM

41,844,000

 

9

MARLEY*BOB & THE WAILERS / LEGEND

11,458,000

 

9

JACKSON*ALAN

40,361,000

 

10

‘N SYNC / NO STRINGS ATTACHED

11,152,000

 

10

PINK FLOYD

38,508,000

 

                             

 

Top Selling DigitalSongs of SoundScan Era                          Top Selling Digital Albums of SoundScan Era  

(Based on Album Sales from 2003 – 12/29/2013)                                                                    (Based on Album Sales from 2003 – 12/29/2013)

               

 

Title/Artist

Units Sold

 

 

Title/Artist

Units Sold

1

BLACK EYED PEAS / I GOTTA FEELING

8,438,000

 

1

ADELE / 21

3,009,000

2

ADELE

8,060,000

 

2

MUMFORD & SONS / SIGH NO MORE

1,676,000

3

LMFAO F. LAUREN BENNETT&G / PARTY ROCK ANTHEM

7,821,000

 

3

MUMFORD & SONS / BABEL

1,334,000

4

GOTYE F. KIMBRA / SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW

7,545,000

 

4

EMINEM / RECOVERY

1,300,000

5

JEPSEN*CARLY RAE / CALL ME MAYBE

7,304,000

 

5

IMAGINE DRAGONS /  NIGHT VISIONS

1,157,000

6

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS / THRIFT SHOP

7,266,000

 

6

SWIFT*TAYLOR / RED

1,135,000

7

LADY GAGA / POKER FACE

7,054,000

 

7

LADY GAGA / FAME

1,086,000

8

FLO RIDA FEAT. T-PAIN / LOW

6,882,000

 

8

TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN / 20/20 EXPERIENCE

1,026,000

9

LADY GAGA / JUST DANCE

6,860,000

 

9

BEYONCE / BEYONCE

972,000

10

FUN. FEAT. JANELLE MONAE / WE ARE YOUNG

6,830,000

 

10

LUMINEERS / LUMINEERS

956,000

 

 

2013 YEAR-END HIGHLIGHTS

·         Streaming continues to be a very bright spot for the music industry, with more than 32% growth over last year, including a remarkable +103% increase in On-Demand Audio streaming.

 

·         Justin Timberlake had the biggest album-debut week this year, when the 20/20 Experience opened with 968,000 units in its first week.  20/20 Experience is the best-selling album of the year and, coupled with the subsequent fall release of the 20/20 Experience Complete, the two titles combined to sell over 3.2 Million units in 2013.

 

·         Adele’s 21 album becomes the first album ever to surpass 3 Million in Digital sales, and the top-selling digital album of all time.

Ø  Mumford and Sons Sigh No More and Babel are the 2nd and 3rd biggest-selling digital albums respectively.  Combined sales for these two albums are 3,010,000, exceeding 21 by only 1,000 units.

 

·         Robin Thicke/Blurred Lines and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Thrift Shop eclipsed 6 Million digital song sales each in 2013, the second consecutive year that the top two songs each sold over six million units.

Ø  In 2012, Gotye featuring Kimbra/Somebody That I Used to Know and Carly Rae Jepsen/Call Me Maybe each surpassed six million song sales, marking the first time that any digital song had sold more than six million units in a calendar year.

 

·         Beyoncé had the second-biggest digital album debut of all time when her surprise release Beyoncé was released in December and sold 617,000 digital albums in its first week.  After only three weeks of release, Beyoncé is already the 9th best-selling digital album of all time.

Ø  Lady Gaga/Born This Way moved 662,000 album units in its debut week.

 

·         Justin Timberlake became the first-artist-not-named-Adele to sell more than 1 Million Digital albums in a calendar year as his 20/20 Experience sold 1,026,000 units. 

Ø  Combined with the 20/20 Experience Complete, the two albums sold 1,345,000 Digital Albums.

 

·         Eminem burst back onto the scene with his Marshall Mathers LP2, which had the second biggest album debut week of the year with 792,000 units.  The album totaled over 1.7 Million units for the year and was just one of four Eminem albums to make the Top 200 best-selling albums for the year.

Ø  Recovery sold 169,000 albums in 2013, landing at #164 for the year; Eminem Show sold 165,000 (#175), and Curtain Call sold 154,000 (#189).

 

·         One Direction and Blake Shelton each had three albums in the 2013 Top 200 best-selling albums chart.

Ø  One Direction’s Midnight Memories sold 1,096,000 (#12) in 2013; Take Me Home sold 555,000 (#36); and Up All Night sold 312,000 (#87).

Ø  Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story sold 1,109,000 albums in 2013; Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton sold 182,000 (#144); and Red River Blue sold 165,000.

 

·         Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist not only sold more than 1 Million copies, but the songs from the album also sold nearly 16 Million units combined, or 1.6 Million Track Equivalent Albums (TEA), placing the project as the #3 album with TEA seller for the year.

 

·         Country music continues to be a strong seller across all formats, with Country’s share of total album sales reaching 13.8% this year (down slightly from last year’s record high of 14.1%).  Country’s share of digital song sales has reached 12.6% of all songs sold and 9.6% of all digital albums sold, each of which are high water marks for the genre.

Ø  Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” is the best-selling Country Digital Song of all time, with sales of 6.33 million.  Lady Antebellum/Need You Now (6.27million); Taylor Swift/Love Story (5.66 million); Band Perry/If I Died Young (4.74 million); and Taylor Swift/You Belong (4.41 million) round out the rest of the Top 5.

 

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