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Everything You Need to Know About 2013 Music Sales in One Infographic

Streams climbed, CDs declined and Justin Timberlake wound up on top

Justin Timberlake performs n London, England.
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January 16, 2014 10:55 AM ET

When Nielsen and Billboard released their comprehensive report on 2013 music sales, a few facts became overwhelmingly obvious: streams are hot, vinyl even hotter and Justin Timberlake's new hairdo is a success! How big were supercouple Beyoncé and Jay Z last year? And how'd each genre fare? Our handy infographic breaking down 2013's streams and sales will tell you everything you need to know:

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