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Bruno Mars is Billboard's top artist of 2013; singer's year included hits, top-selling album

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Bruno Mars performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Billboard announced Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, that the pop crooner is the year’s top overall artist. Mars' year included a No. 1 hit with “When I Was Your Man” and a top 5 hit with “Treasure.” (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP, File)
December 13, 2013 - 5:28 AM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - 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 bestselling 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.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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