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Artists With Successful Debut since 2010

Since 2010, there were tons of newcomers which scored successes. Many of them though were one-hit wonders or had hit singles while their albums didn’t fare much.

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has become the queen of rap at the moment for her singles becoming hits. She released her debut album in 2010 which she called “Pink Friday” went to the top of Billboard 200. Her other ‘Pink’ albums performed well and produced hit songs.

Ed Sheeran
British star Ed Sheeran initally became huge in his hometown, which is UK. His debut “+” went multi-platinum already until it was finaly released elsewhere in the world. It became multi-million seller worldwide which opened the way for his even more successful second LP “x”.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
The hip-hop duo Mackemore and Ryan Lewis became successful with LP “The Heist”. The album’s success was heightened by two number 1 singles including “Thrift Shop”. Now, the duo is set for their second LP.

One Direction
The boys became successful with their first single “What Makes You Beautiful” which also contributed to the success of their first album called “Up All Night”. They attained mutiplatinum success and became the biggest boyband in the world since their debut.

Lorde
New Zealander Lorde became a big star with her debut single “Royals”. The album it was taken “Pure Heroin” went to the top 3 and has sold millions of records as well. Her follow-up is still in the works.

Sam Smith
The British pop and soul singer Sam Smith was doing well in the UK until it was decided for international release. His heartbreaking album “In the Lonely Hour” was one of the top albums in 2014 and 2015 has scored him multiple Grammys and top 10 hits.

Iggy Azalea
It might have took her a while to finally release her debut album “The New Classic” but when it is finally out, it is worth it when it went to the top 10 with millions in sales. It was due to the success of the song “Fancy” which according to IFPI has sold 10 million. “Black Widow” with Rita Ora became a top ten single worldwide too.

Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor is likely the top newcomer this 2015 when her first album “Title” went to number 1. Apart from that, all of its official singles were big hits.

Top R&B Hits 2010-2014

During this period, dance music has been dominating the charts but R&B is still doing well on its game.

Usher ft Will.i.am- OMG
In this song is a fusion of R&B, hip-hop and EDM. When in terms of sales, it’s the biggest selling single of Usher in his entire career. It was also his last chart-topping single.

Eminem and Rihanna- Love the Way You Lie
The team-up of Rihanna proved to be a good partnership when it sold more than 12 million according to estimates (from Wikipedia).

Nicki Minaj- Super Bass
Nicki Minaj came out with this catchy rap hit and eventually became the signature single from her.

Rihanna- Diamonds
This is a surprise sound from Rihanna from the usual she sounded the time of release. It was one of the biggest sellers during the year it was out.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- Thrift Shop
The retro hip-hop sound might have helped the song propel to top of the charts. The lyrics is not the usual contemporary hip-hop you hear from the radio.

Justin Timberlake- Mirror
This song may have resemblance with his 2002’s “Cry Me a River” and the other song “What Goes Around” but it didn’t keep the song from doing well in the charts.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton- Can’t Hold Us
The duo made a huge follow-up for “Thrift Shop” through this song which has a catchy chorus, thanks to the contribution of Ray Dalton.

Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell Williams and T.I.- Blurred Lines
Never mind about the infringement, this is still one of the biggest R&B and hip-hop hit during this period. It was also Robin Thicke’s biggest song ever.

Eminem and Rihanna- The Monster
The rapper and the singer teamed up again through this song which became the second chart-topper of the duo.

Iggy Azalea ft. Charlii XCX- Fancy
Iggy just became one of the top female rapper when this song came out and became big seller. The video also made an impact for its Clueless themed video.

Some facts based from Wikipedia