Universal Music’s Bestselling Singles and Albums of 2013
Success for Universal Music’s Men as Robin Thicke and Eminem top 2013’s Bestsellers Charts
After the leading ladies of Universal Music had claimed both top spots in the previous year, the men have had their revenge in 2013 as Robin Thicke andEminem saw off fierce competition for the top spots. Robin Thicke released the year’s best selling single, “Blurred Lines” which, fittingly, sold almost 13 million copies in 2013. The star’s collaboration with Pharrell Williams and TI was accompanied by a risqué video which has also managed to notch up over 245 million views on YouTube.
Speaking of YouTube sensations, Psy’s breakthrough hit “Gangnam Style” remained in the top five for the second year running, selling 9.5 million copies in 2013 - an incredible 22 million total units since its 2012 release. Ensuring an all-male top three was Avicii who’s summer anthem “Wake Me Up” sold 8 million copies.
Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” saw off Katy Perry’s “Roar” for the fourth spot by less than 20,000 units as both singles notched up 7.6 million sales. Rihanna’s “Stay” claimed 6th spot whilst the star’s “Diamonds” also reached #12, making her the only artist with multiple tracks in the top 20 singles this year.
Lorde’s “Royals” (6.3 million), will.i.am’s “Scream & Shout” (5.8 million),Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” (5.8 million) and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” (5.1 million) completed the top ten.
Eminem topped the UMG Bestselling Albums with The Marshall Mathers LP 2which sold 3.7 million copies in 2013, particularly impressive as it was only released in November. Slim Shady also claimed 15th spot in the singles list as his collaboration with Rihanna, “The Monster” sold 3.5 million in the year.
For the second year running Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan claimed #2 spot on the UMG album bestsellers with his Lov Rab Se selling 2.8 million units, all of which were physical. Once again massive success in his native India saw him outsell household names Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons and Lady Gaga who held 3rd, 4th and 5th position on the chart respectively.
Several artists managed to feature on both charts, notably young kiwi sensation Lorde who’s debut album Pure Heroine sold 1.3 million giving her 14th spot in the album charts to go with the previously mentioned 6th spot in the singles charts. Lady Gaga, Eminem, Robin Thicke, Florida Georgia Line, Jay-Z, Katy Perry and Imagine Dragons also managed the feat, with the latter incredibly claiming the #4 spot on both charts.
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