From the sometimes theatrical and drawn out hype-campaigns to releases with nearly no promo/marketing, the year brought about what Rolling Stone magazine calls some of the “…most innovative and influential marketing rollout(s)” that we’ve seen in the music industry. Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” was the best selling album of the year while Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines” was the top single of 2013. Although Timberlake’s latest album was the best seller of 2013, it is the lowest-selling number one selling album since 1991, when Nielson Soundscan began recording such figures. The U.S. music industry saw a decrease in its digital music sales “…for the first time since the iTunes music store opened its doors.” This was due in large part to the rising use of streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora. However, according to Billboard, vinyl sales continued to increase from 4.55 million in sales in 2012 to 6 million in sales during 2013, making it one of the few areas of industry sales to actually increase in 2013 which goes to show that music fans still prefer a tangible, high-quality piece of physical music even in an age with an abundance of technology.