The UK's Official Chart Company has predicted that this year will be the highest selling period for singles in history. Single sales have increased by 2.5% from last year's total at this point of the year, a figure which set the singles sale record itself.
What's interesting about this year's record is that Pharrell Williams features on the top two selling singles of the year; Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines', which sold over 1,000,000 and 828,000 copies respectively. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' places some way behind in third with 680,000 units moved.
As for album sales, Emeli Sande's Our Version of Events is the biggest selling record of 2013, with 658,000 UK sales so far even though it was released last year.
The top selling singles of 2013 so far are:
1: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, 'Get Lucky'
2: Robin Thicke/TI/Pharrell Williams, 'Blurred Lines'
3: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, 'Thrift Shop'
4: Pink featuring Nate Ruess, 'Just Give Me A Reason'
5: Justin Timberlake, 'Mirrors
6: Passenger, 'Let Her Go'
7: Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith, 'La La La'
8: Bastille, 'Pompeii'
9: Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre, 'Waiting All Night'
10: Taylor Swift, 'I Knew You Were Trouble'
The top selling albums of 2013 so far
1: Various Artists, 'Now That's What I Call Music 84'
2: Emeli Sande, 'Our Version Of Events'
3: Motion Picture Cast Recording, 'Les Miserables'
4: Bruno Mars, 'Unorthodox Rhythms'
5: Daft Punk, 'Random Access Memories'
6: Michael Buble, 'To Be Loved'
7: Justin Timberlake, 'The 20/20 Experience'
8: Jake Bugg, 'Jake Bugg'
9: Various Artists, 'The Trevor Nelson Collection'
10: Calvin Harris, '18 Months'