From Eminem and Kanye, to Britney and Madonna, and finally to Michael Jackson, the first decade of the millennium has been ...
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2000s Decade Recap of Music
What kind of decade was it, well a back and forth and popularity between pop, rock and hip-hop define the first ten years of the millennium. Yup that’s the kind of decade it was in music. The 1990’s ended with everyone in a party move. Teen pop acts like Britney Spears, Backstreet boys and N Sync were the top of the charts at the beginning of the millennium starting off the decade with a bang, rock metal band Rage Against the Machine cost the New York stock exchange to close during the filming of their music video,” Sleep now in the fire” in January 2000.
A resurgence in hard rock began that year as well with acts such as Linkin Park and eventually Nickelback gaining widespread mainstream acceptance. In terms of hip-hop, rapper Jay-Z also started singing more mainstream success at the turn of the millennium. Eminem also continued his success in this decade, eventually becoming the biggest hip-hop act of the 2000. October 2001 was the release of what would ultimately being Michael Jackson’s final album, Invincible. And some sad news the quite Beetle, George Harrison passed away from lung cancer on November 29, 2001. The debut album from New York, garage rock band The Strokes is this it, also came in 2001. The group of the year for 2001 was Destiny’s Child. By late 2002, Justine Timberlake of N Sync fame had his own debut solo album, Justified. Teen pop rock exploded in 2002 when Avril Lavigne burst on to the scene with her debut single, Complicated. This was also the year emo music broke into the mainstream with the help of bands like Jimmy World and Dashboard Confessional.
Jack White and the White Stripes continued to nurture the garage band genre and were one of the 2002’s most acclaimed bands. In 2003, Madonna symbolically passed the torch to pop princesses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera when she kissed them during a performance at the MTV video music awards.
The Black Eye Peas are another definitive act of 2000’s and they have their first huge hit in 2003 with “Where is the Love,” 2004 was the year of the wardrobe malfunction. As early as 2004, the-pop and or post punk revival started lying it’s roots. Bands like The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Black Party and the Artic Monkeys were some of the key players in these genres being influenced by the 1980’s and such acts as The Cure.
Pop punk regained momentum in 2005 with acts like the All American Rejects and Fall Out Boy emerging to great popularity. On the other hand, hip-hop music was on the way in 2005, though it was quickly revitalized by such acts as Kanye West. 2005 was also the year Destiny’s Child officially broke up, this clear the way for Beyonce to become an RNB icon, eventually selling over 20 million solo records, 2006 and 2007 saw the rise of children’s demon music which included acts like the Jonas Brothers, Hanna Montana and High School Musical. Britney Spears had been on a downward spiral for years, but 2007 was the year of her attempted come back with the album Black Out.
2008 was the year of the Rick, after a 15 year wait, Guns N’ Roses finally released their sixth studio album Chinese Democracy in 2008. The yearend rock was not complete without AC/DC’s first album in nine years, Black Ice. Coldplay became a force to be reckoned with in 2008 with their fourth album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. 2008 also the release of Lady Gaga’s first album which fun such hits as Just Dance, Poker Face and Paparazzi. While hip-hop artist Lil’ Wayne had achieved moderate mainstream success earlier in the decade, it was the 2008 release of his album the Carter III, that won him a Grammy Award for best rap album of the year.
2008-2009 also saw the popularization of auto-tune, a vocal distortion technique. 2009 was not without controversy, Kanye West also made news when he ambushed Taylor Swift on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards. Also in 2009, an American Idol runner up, Adam Lambert made headlines when the openly gay star kissed a male keyboardist on stage at the American Music Awards.
The biggest new story in 2009 was without a double Michael Jackson. In March, he announced the 50 show tour at London’s O2 Arena that would have mark his comeback, but on June 25th, the King of Pop passed away at the age of 50.