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Justin Timberlake, Beyonce Have Top Selling iTunes Albums

Bey takes number two spot for the year thanks to surprise new album's huge three-day sales

Justin Timberlake performs in Los Angeles.
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December 17, 2013 11:05 AM ET

Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience was the highest-selling album on the iTunes store in 2013, with Beyoncé's surprise new album coming in at number two after moving a stunning 617,000 copies in just three days following its release last week, the Associated Press reports.

Imagine Dragons' Night Visions (which was actually released in 2012) came in at number three on the list, with Jay Z's Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail and Drake's Nothing Was the Same rounding out the top five. Along with conquering the iTunes list, Timberlake's 20/20 Experience also topped the Billboard 200's year-end album chart, making him the first male solo artist to do so since 50 Cent in 2005 with The Massacre.

Check Out Our Definitive Guide to Beyoncé's Surprise New Album

Despite coming with no advance notice and being out for less than a week, Beyoncé's immediate iTunes chart dominance is unsurprising, since the pop star released her "visual album" – comprising 14 tracks and 17 videos – exclusively to the digital retailer. Not only did it break the record for first-week digital sales in the U.S., but the album is also expected to debut at Number One on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Those sales numbers, however, may have backfired somewhat, with Target announcing today that they would not carry the record when it is made available in a physical format.

As for iTunes' top-selling singles in 2013, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' ubiquitous smash "Thrift Shop" grabbed the number spot, while another of their hits, "Can't Hold Us," landed at number five. Filling out this Macklemore/Lewis sandwich was Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" at number two, followed by Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" and Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason."

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