Justin Timberlake may have been shut out in the marquee categories at the Grammys, but he cleaned up on the music charts. The multi-media star has the year's best-selling album, "The 20/20 Experience." And he's the only artist with two albums in the year-end top 20. (The sequel, "2 of 2," ranks #20.) Also, he's the only artist with three of the year's top 20 digital hits: "Mirrors" (#12), "Suit & Tie" (#17) and "Holy Grail" (#19). (The latter two songs, of course, are collabos with Jay Z, who also has an album in the year's top 10.)
Timberlake is 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.
Alas, Timberlake's album sets a new record for the lowest sales tally for the year's #1 album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991. The album sold 2,427,000 copies during the year. The previous low (and the only other year-end #1 to fall below 3 million) was Lil Wayne's
"Tha Carter III," which was the #1 seller of 2008, despite sales that year of just 2,874,000 copies.
Here's some better news: Timberlake's album sold 1,026,000 digital copies. It's only the second album in digital history (following Adele's "21") to sell 1 million digital copies in a calendar year.
Another "blue-eyed soul" star, Robin Thicke
, has the year's #1 single, "Blurred Lines." The song, which features T.I.
, sold 6,498,000 copies. This is down from last year's champ, "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye
, which sold 6,801,000 during that year.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the only act with two songs in the year-end top 10. "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) is #2 (6,148,000 copies sold in 2013, on top of 1,118,000 copies sold in 2012. "Can't Hold Us" (featuring Ray Dalton) is #8 (4,260,000, on top of 123K sold in 2012).