This year we have heard new music from many an artist, including Fantasia ("Lose To Win"), Ciara ("Body Party"), Kelly Rowland ("Kisses Down Low") and Chris Brown ("Fine China"), but why are all of those names and many more falling short on Billboard's recently revealed Mid-Year charts?
According to Billboard, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke are among the best-selling artists this year — at least when it comes to the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart.
Following Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who have the top two best-selling songs on the mid-year chart ("Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us"), Justin Timberlake has the third best selling song of the year in the form of "Suit & Tie."
The hit single, featuring Jay-Z, has officially moved over 2.574 million copies since its release. It also led his new album, "The 20/20 Experience," which, as previously reported, is the best selling album on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart year-to-date.
Ironically (looking at comparisons drawn between them), Robin Thicke follows Justin Timberlake at no.4 on the tally thanks to "Blurred Lines." Featuring T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines" has moved over 2.406 million digital copies this year.
You have to go further down the list to find another R&B singer as Drake, Lil Wayne and other Hip-Hop artists dominate with songs like "Started From The Bottom" and "Love Me" on the chart.
Rounding out the top 10 are Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Emeli Sande.
Even though the song was released last year, Alicia Keys is still faring well with "Girl On Fire," which has moved 1.447 million digital copies. Rihanna follows with "Pour It Up," which has moved 1.093 million copies.
Emeli Sande closes out the list with the breakthrough hit, "Next To Me," which has moved just over 1 million copies according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Will R&B artists fare better as we close out the last six months of 2013?