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Thicke & Timberlake Have Top-Selling Album, Song

(CBS SF/AP) – Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke owned 2013 in music. Nielsen Entertainment announced late Tuesday that Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” was the top-selling album with 2.4 million units sold. Thicke’s ubiquitous “Blurred Lines” was the best-selling song with 6.4 million tracks sold.

Both Thicke and Timberlake have shows in the Bay Area early 2014. Justin Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience Tour” will be at the SAP Center in San Jose on January 19. While Robin Thicke is scheduled to arrive at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on March 29.

Albums sales were down. Only 289.4 million albums were sold in 2013, compared with 316 million a year before. Single tracks also saw a decrease, by 6 percent. Streaming, however, was up 32 percent with 118.1 million streams. The sales figures include data from YouTube, Spotify and other digital outlets. Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” topped the year with 489,674,000 streams.

New releases from Eminem and Luke Bryan rounded out the top three albums. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” placed second and third on the singles list.

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