Apple Inc. this week released its annual lists of best-sellers, as well as a handful of awards for songs, albums and podcasts that its editors handpicked. The lists are particularly interesting because of Apple's market dominance, owning 63% of digital music downloads in the U.S.
This year's big winner is Justin Timberlake, who waltzes away with the award for Artist of the Year, as well as the No. 1 top-selling album with "The 20/20 Experience" and No. 10 best-selling track with "Mirrors." Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also are whistling their way to the bank with the No. 1 track, "Thrift Shop," and the No. 6 best-selling album, "The Heist."
One caveat: Though the list includes Beyonce's surprise Dec. 13 release of her self-titled album, the list is based on downloads up to Dec. 16, capturing just a few days of her album's sales, which has already broken iTunes' records for first-week album sales. The strong performance all but ensures that Beyonce's album will be No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 list.