In 2013, a mediocre year for mega-albums, Justin Timberlake’s mediocre The 20/20 Experience outsold everything else, going home with 2.43 million smooth-grooving fans.
As Billboard notes, no other top album has sold so little since SoundScan began tracking sale 22 years ago—for contrast, Adele’s 21 moved nearly 6 million in 2011 and almost 4 and a half million in 2012, giving her the top seller two years running.
No women cracked the top five this year, although Beyoncé has sold 1.3 million copies of her self-titled surprise album in just three weeks (and deservedly so) to land at no. 8 in the year-end tally. The other top sellers include Eminem, Luke Bryan, Imagine Dragons, and Bruno Mars, although none of them broke 2 million.
The best selling single? Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” We believe you can do better, 2014.