The Official Charts Company has predicted that 2013 will be the biggest year for single sales in UK chart history, thanks to tracks such as Daft Punk's Get Lucky and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines.
Last year was the fifth year in a row that the record for sales of UK singles was broken, and it appears the popularity of the one-track hit continues to rise. Pharrell Williams features on both of the year's biggest sellers. Get Lucky sits in the top spot with over 1m copies sold since it was released in April, while Blurred Lines follows closely behind, with 828,000 sales in just one month. Compared to this time last year, download sales of singles are up 2.5% at the midyear mark, while 2013's total single sales in the UK rose 6% to 188.6m, with 99.6% of this figure accounted to digital sales.
This year, the top 10 bestselling singles have all managed to sell over half a million copies each, with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' Thrift Shop racking up sales of more than 680,000 copies and Pink's Just Give Me a Reason selling 652,000 copies. Almost three-quarters of the top 40 have sold over 300,000 copies each.
Leading in the album sales is Now That's What I Call Music 84, which has so far sold more than 658,000 copies. Emeli Sandé's Our Version of Events is the second biggest seller. Despite being released in February 2012, a further 536,000 albums have been sold during 2013 alone, shifting 1.9m copies overall.
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