How do you define the ‘top five albums of 2013′ and what is the criteria? Although everyone will have their own opinion, it is probably better to use objective criteria, so here we discuss the top five albums of 2013 based on sales, including digital downloads.
Our Version of Events – EmeliSande
This album was the best-selling album of 2012 and is the bestselling album of 2013 so far. In 2012 EmeliSande received the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice Award and performed at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympic Games in London. Our Version of Events sold over one million copies in 2012 alone and has won awards including Best Album at the 2012 MOBO Awards and Album of the Year at the Brit Awards 2013.
Les Miserables – Motion Picture Cast Recording
This album, released in December 2012, features performances from the actors in the hit film version of Les Miserables. All of the songs were recorded on set with the orchestral arrangements added in post-production. This album has sold over half a million copies in the USA and over 55,000 copies in the UK.
Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
Jake Bugg’s music is a combination of indie, rock and folk. He appeared at Glastonbury in 2011 and made various TV appearances followed as well as supporting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in August 2012. This self-titled album was released in October 2012 and reached number one in the UK album charts. It has so far sold over 300,000 copies in the UK and 6,000 in the United States .
Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
This is the second album from Bruno Mars and was released in the UK in December 2012. The album, which incorporates pop, rock and reggae styles has been both a critical and commercial success. The album debuted at number one in the UK album chart, selling 136,000 copies in the first week of release. It also reached the top of the Billboard 200 in the USA. So far it has sold in excess of one million copies.
18 Months – Calvin Harris
Although this third album from DJ and record producer Calvin Harris had mixed reviews from the critics, that did not stop it from reaching number one in the UK album chart in its first week of release. The album was released in October 2012 and has so far sold over half a million copies in the UK. In April 2013, Calvin Harris became the first artist to have ever had eight top ten singles from one studio album, beating the previous record held by Michael Jackson.
It is possible to download your favourite tracks from these albums onto an MP3, iPod or other device. However if you are thinking about selling your iPod recently, then you should make sure you save all the music you have downloaded.
Everyone will have their own opinion about whether any of these albums should be on the list of the top five albums of 2013. How long they will still be at the top remains to be seen, as we see what the second half of the year has to offer.