Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Global Top Sellers Of 2013

The latest IFPI report is out outlining the recording industry's health for 2013. We'll cover the numbers more in depth in a future post, but first let's look at the top global sellers of last year.

Global Top Selling Albums of 2013
1One DirectionMidnight Memories4.0
2EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP23.8
3Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience3.6
4Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox3.2
5Daft PunkRandom Access Memories3.2
6Katy PerryPrism2.8
7Michael BubléTo Be Loved2.4
8Imagine DragonsNight Visions2.4
9Lady GagaArtpop2.3

Global Top Selling Digital Singles of 2013

1Robin ThickeBlurred Lines14.8
2Macklemore & Ryan LewisThrift Shop13.4
3AviciiWake Me Up11.1
4P!nk feat. Nate RuessJust Give Me A Reason9.9
5Katy PerryRoar9.9
6Daft PunkGet Lucky9.3
7Imagine DragonsRadioactive8.6
8Bruno MarsWhen I Was Your Man8.3
9will.I.AmScream & Shout8.1
One of the things that sticks out is that the sales numbers for these hits are rather anemic when you consider we're talking world-wide. Also, when you consider the amount of hype that artists like Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Daft Punk received, you'd expect the numbers to be much higher.

But that's the music business we live in today, where sales numbers aren't what they once were and probably never will be. That said, I bet if you look at the same artist's YouTube and streaming numbers (which I'll attempt to get), they'd be off the charts.

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