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2010 in Music: The Year That Went Pop | Billboard.com

Seven of the year’s 20 best-selling albums were by pop artists — that is, in Billboard parlance, acts without significant success on our genre-based charts, such as Country, R&B/Hip-Hop, Modern Rock, etc. This compares with four in 2009 and two in 2005. The 2010 top 10 includes Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream,” Lady Gaga’s “The Fame,” Justin Bieber’s “My World” and “My World 2.0” and the Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” If you expand the definition of pop to include Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, whose mainstream-leaning country hits were embraced at pop radio, and Eminem, whose “Recovery” featured some of his most unabashedly crossover songs to date, you could argue that nine of the top 10 albums speak to pop’s dominance all but Andrea Bocelli’s “My Christmas”.

via 2010 in Music: The Year That Went Pop | Billboard.com.

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