In Saturday's Calendar section, Times pop music critic Randall Roberts runs down his picks for the best albums of the year so far, a list that includes Chance the Rapper's "Acid Rap," Kacey Musgraves' "Same Trailer Different Park" and "The Next Day" by David Bowie.
But which artists topped sales tallies for the first half of 2013?
Billboard reported the findings in a detailed report that also broke some unhappy news for music retailers: This year is the second in a row in which only one album had sold more than 1 million copies by the six-month mark; in 2012 that album was
The year's second-biggest seller so far is
Singles-wise, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are followed by
Overall, both album and single sales are down as compared with this point in 2012. But perhaps store owners have reason to feel optimistic about the second half of the year: Timberlake's sequel to "The 20/20 Experience" is due out Sept. 30.