He sold 2.43 million copies of The 20/20 Experience (Part 1), which makes it the top album in yet another dismal year for record sales. (For comparison: Adele's 21 — which was No. 1 for two years running, and admittedly something of a fluke — sold 5.82 million copies in 2011, and 4.41 in 2012.) Industry sales were down 8 percent overall last year, dropping to 289.4 million albums sold. On the bright side, if you are invested in the future of the record industry and/or Blue Ivy Carter's college fund: Beyoncé just sold 1.3 million albums in seventeen days.