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Entertainment review of the decade



As the 2000s turn into the 2010s, we look back at the biggest films, records, books and TV shows of the decade.

By Mark Savage
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Beyonce, Simon Cowell, Thom Yorke, Amy Winehouse
Clockwise from top left: Beyonce, Simon Cowell, Thom Yorke, Amy Winehouse

The millennium bug didn't strike as predicted on 1 January, 2000, but the record industry probably wishes it had.

Napster, the first file-sharing service to achieve mainstream success, launched in June 1999 and, by the time it was shut down in 2001, the genie was out of the bottle.

MP3s could now be distributed widely and freely online and, armed with their iPods, a generation grew up thinking they could, and should, get music for free.

Consequently, sales of recorded music fell steadily throughout the decade - not helped by the record labels' hesitance over the internet.

Instead of embracing downloads, they spent years suing the likes of Kazaa, allofmp3.com and Pirate Bay; and slapping restrictive "digital locks" on music sold online.

As the industry prevaricated, sales collapsed - with a knock-on effect on the likes of Smash Hits, Melody Maker, Top Of The Pops, Virgin Megastores, Tower Records and Woolworths - all of whom waved goodbye in the 2000s.

Album sales from 2000-2008

Artistically, however, the noughties were a time of innovation.

In 2000, Radiohead threw out the rulebook with the wilfully obtuse, musically accomplished Kid A and became the first UK-signed act to score a US number one for nearly three years.

Jay-Z
Jay-Z made history as the first rapper to headline Glastonbury in 2008

Eminem reinvigorated rap music (stalker fantasy Stan attracted praise from Irish poet Seamus Heaney) while inadvertently launching Dido's career.

And Prince was in the papers - literally and figuratively - when he gave away an entire album of new recordings with the Mail on Sunday in 2007.

Others to investigate new avenues of music distribution included Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead, who allowed fans to set their own price for the critically acclaimed In Rainbows album.

Pop Idols

Shows like American Idol and X Factor were the monolith against which "proper" musicians railed against throughout the noughties - but they also produced the sassy, intelligent hits of Girls Aloud, Will Young's sincere balladry, and Kelly Clarkson's immense pop/rock crossover Since U Been Gone.

Interestingly, while top 10 singles of the decade are dominated by reality show winners in the UK, there is not one single American Idol graduate on the US list, which is populated by Mariah Carey, Usher and the Black Eyed Peas.

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson died in June, 2009 at the age of 51

R&B was undoubtedly the genre that defined the decade, with super-producers Timbaland and The Neptunes experiencing long-running hot streaks.

It also produced two bona-fide superstars - Beyonce and Justin Timberlake - with a third, Rihanna, waiting in the wings.

On the live circuit, Madonna and U2 continued to set the standards by which other shows would be judged. Meanwhile, The Police, The Specials, The Pixies, Take That and... er, Kajagoogoo all reformed in the name of music.

Towering above them all were Led Zeppelin, who got back together for a ear-splitting, one-off charity gig in honour of Atlantic Records' founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Meanwhile, Coldplay, Muse and Radiohead all graduated to stadium level, but Oasis faltered, splitting in August 2009 after an alleged backstage altercation in France.

Others who stumbled on the rocky road of pop included Pete Doherty, Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse, whose tabloid misadventures overshadowed their songs.

And the world of music mourned in June 2009 when, just two weeks before his 50-date comeback at London's O2 arena, the king of pop, Michael Jackson, died unexpectedly.

BEST-SELLING SINGLES OF THE DECADE
UK US
1. Will Young
Anything Is Possible / Evergreen
Mariah Carey
We Belong Together
2. Gareth Gates
Unchained Melody
Usher ft Lil Jon & Ludacris
Yeah!
3. Tony Christie ft Peter Kay
Is This The Way To Amarillo?
Flo Rida ft T-Pain
Low
4. Shaggy ft RikRok
It Wasn't Me
Nickelback
How You Remind Me
5. Alexandra Burke
Hallelujah
Black Eyed Peas
I Gotta Feeling
6. Band Aid 20
Do They Know It's Christmas?
Alicia Keys
No-One
7. Kylie Minogue
Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Black Eyed Peas
Boom Boom Pow
8. Shayne Ward
That's My Goal
Mario
Let Me Love You
9. Hear'Say
Pure and Simple
Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx
Gold Digger
10. Bob The Builder
Can We Fix It?
Timbaland ft OneRepublic
Apologize
Source: Official UK Charts Company (UK), Billboard (US)



BEST-SELLING ALBUMS OF THE DECADE
UK US
1. James Blunt
Back To Bedlam
'N Sync
No Strings Attached
2. Dido
No Angel
Usher
Confessions
3. Amy Winehouse
Back To Black
Eminem
The Eminem Show
4. Leona Lewis
Spirit
Norah Jones
Come Away With Me
5. David Gray
White Ladder
Creed
Human Clay
6. The Beatles
1
Britney Spears
Ooops!... I Did It Again
7. Dido
Life For Rent
Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP
8. Coldplay
A Rush of Blood to the Head
The Beatles
1
9. Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters
Santana
Supernatural
10. Take That
Beautiful World
Nelly
Country Grammar
Source: Official UK Charts Company (UK), Billboard (US)



UK BEST-SELLERS BY YEAR
YEAR SINGLE ALBUM
2009 Lady GaGa
Poker Face*
Susan Boyle
I Dreamed A Dream*
2008 Alexandra Burke
Hallelujah
Duffy
Rockferry
2007 Leona Lewis
Bleeding Love
Amy Winehouse
Back To Black
2006 Gnarls Barkley
Crazy
Snow Patrol
Eyes Open
2005 Tony Christie ft Peter Kay
Is This The Way To Amarillo?
James Blunt
Back To Bedlam
2004 Band Aid 20
Do They Know It's Christmas?
Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters
2003 Black Eyed Peas
Where Is The Love?
Dido
Life For Rent
2002 Will Young
Anything Is Possible / Evergreen
Robbie Williams
Escapology
2001 Shaggy ft RikRok
It Wasn't Me
Dido
No Angel
2000 Bob The Builder
Can We Fix It?
The Beatles
1
Source: Official UK Charts Company
* Provisional figures



BEST ALBUM AWARDS
YEAR   BRITS GRAMMYS MERCURY
2009 Duffy
Rockferry
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Raising Sand
Speech Debelle
Speech Therapy
2008 Arctic Monkeys
Favourite Worst Nightmare
Herbie Hancock
River: The Joni Letters
Elbow
The Seldom Seen Kid
2007 Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Dixie Chicks
Taking The Long Way
Klaxons
Myths Of The Near Future
2006 Coldplay
X&Y
U2
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
2005 Keane
Hopes And Fears
Ray Charles
Genius Loves Company
Antony And The Johnsons
I Am A Bird Now
2004 The Darkness
Permission To Land
Outkast
Speakerboxxx / The Love Below
Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand
2003 Coldplay
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Norah Jones
Come Away With Me
Dizzee Rascal
Boy In Da Corner
2002 Dido
No Angel
Various Artists
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Ms Dynamite
A Little Deeper
2001 Coldplay
Parachutes
Steely Dan
Two Against Nature
PJ Harvey
Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
2000 Travis
The Man Who
Santana
Supernatural
Badly Drawn Boy
The Hour of Bewilderbeast




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