Apple has published its Best of 2013 charts and awards this morning, covering music as well as films, TV shows, apps, iBooks and podcasts.
On the US iTunes store, Justin Timberlake takes Apple’s Artist of the Year prize, while Lorde’s ‘Royals’ gets Song of the Year, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘The Heist’ gets Album of the Year, and Kendrick Lamar the Breakthrough Artist gong.
Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’ was the best selling album of 2013 on the US iTunes Store, with Beyoncé’s eponymous fifth album taking second spot based on a mere three days’ sales (see this story for more on that).
The charts vary by country: in the UK, Album of the Year went to London Grammar’s ‘If You Wait’ (a streaming holdout, incidentally) while Artist of the Year went to Arctic Monkeys, Song of the Year to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ and Breakthrough Artist to Haim, while ‘Now That’s What I Call Music! 85 was the best-selling album and ‘Blurred Lines’ the top track.
On the apps front, Pandora was the ninth most popular free iPhone app in the US this year, with Spotify in 20th place in that chart. Pandora was also the third top grossing iPhone app in the US this year.