Bruno Mars is Billboard’s top artist of 2013

Bruno Mars is Billboard’s top artist of 2013

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: This image provided by Billboard shows Artist of the Year Bruno Mars on the cover of Billboard magazine. Billboard announced Friday, Dec. 13, that the pop crooner is the year’s top overall artist. Photo: Associated Press/Billboard, Kai Z. Feng


NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus twerked her way to the top of the charts and Justin Timberlake returned to music after a seven-year hiatus, but another artist owned music in 2013: Bruno Mars.

Billboard announced Friday that the pop crooner is the year’s top overall artist.

The singer’s year included a No. 1 hit with “When I Was Your Man” and a top 5 hit with “Treasure.”

His sophomore album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” was released late last year and has sold more than 1.8 million units. It’s the second best-selling album of the year behind Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.”

Taylor Swift is the year’s top female artist, while Mars is the leading male. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the top group and new act.

Timberlake ruled the R&B charts, while groups Florida George Line and Imagine Dragons topped the country and rock charts.

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