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Female Artists With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Norah Jones / Nelly Furtado / Dido / Meghan Trainor

Norah Jones
United States- Norah Jones has one of the biggest selling albums since 2000 in the US with “Come Away With Me”., her first number 1 album and certified 11x platinum by RIAA. Her two albums “Feels Like Home” (sold more than 1 million on its first week) and “Not too Late” became number 1 albums too.
United Kingdom- Norah Jones scored three number 1 albums in United Kingdom. The first album “Come Away With Me” went number 1 with BPI certified 8x platinum. It was followed by “Feels Like Home” and “Not Too Late”.

Nelly Furtado
United States- Nelly Furtado has scored one number 1 album in the US which is “Loose”. It was double platinum there, however, “Whoa Nelly” which peaked lower has scored more sales, though with the same double platinum certifications from RIAA.
United Kingdom- Nelly Furtado failed to reach number 1 in UK albums chart. However, her debut “Whoa Nelly” was very successful but where it peaked at second.

Dido
United States– Dido failed to reach number 1 in Billboard 200. Nevertheless, she peaked at 4th with “No Angel”, while 2nd with “Life for Rent”. The albums went 4x and 2x platinum repsectively, by RIAA.
United Kingdom- Dido did well in her country where her first two albums went number 1. “No Angel” and “Life for Rent” were both big sellers in UK, with 10x platinum for the former, and 9x platinum with the latter.

Meghan Trainor
United States- Meghan Trainor had a huge debut album in the United States with “Title”. The album was one of the biggest sellers in 2015 when it reached number 1 and a platinum certification from RIAA. A new album is under way and might be a charttopper again.
United Kingdom- Meghan Trainor’s “Title” was also successful in United Kingdom, where it also debuted at number 1 and BPI certified platinum.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2002-2004)

Here are the albums from 2002-2004 which its singles didn’t perform as successful as the album:

Britney Spears- Britney (2001)
This third album by Britney was released late 2001 but majority of its sales was from 2002 and most of its singles were released in 2002. It also went to number 1 in Billboard 200, her third consecutive charttopping album there. However, her singles from that album never had a major success, except “I’m a Slave for You” which hit the top 10 in many countries, but only settled at number 27 in Billboard singles chart.

Shakira- Laundry Service (2001)
This is the first ever English language album by Shakira, which was released late 2001, but most success came in 2002. The album was highly successful worldwide. Despite its heaps of sales, it only scored two major hits. “Whenever Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes” were two of those hits.

Norah Jones- Come Away With Me (2002)
This album has become one of the biggest selling albums of all time with approximately 26 million copies sold. Despite its huge sales, the singles in the album did not perform well. It did not even score a top 10 hit.

Coldplay- A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
This album was Coldplay’s second album which performed successfully in the charts and according to Wikipedia, it sold around 19 million copies. This is the biggest sellng album by the band which its internationally biggest hit “In My Place” did not chart in the US. Three of its singles though hit the top 10 but not as lustrous as the album did.

Dido- Life for Rent (2002)
This second album by Dido is among the biggest selling albums of 2003 and already sold millions in 2002. But the only major hit from the album is “White Flag”. Other singles fared modestly in the charts.

Shania Twain- Up! (2002)
After years from the success of “Come on Over”, Shania Twain came back with this another successful album. The album was certified 10x platinum in America and multiplatinum in some countries, but it never managed even a single major hit.

Elvis Presley- 30 No. 1 Hits (2002)
This compilation album from the King of Rock and Roll did very well with estimated 12 million copies sold but with the remix of “A Little Less Conversation” the only single released.

Linkin Park- Meteora (2003)
Linkin Park scored a back to back multi-million selling studio albums with “Hybrid Theory” and this one. Despite the records’ success, none of its single became a worldwide hit. In some territories, some singles did well nonetheless.

Evanescence- Fallen (2003)
This became the band’s debut album and had successes both in 2003 and 2004. Despite the album’s success, it only had 2 major hit singles such as “Bring Me to Life” and the ballad “My Immortal”.

Norah Jones- Feels Like Home (2004)
Norah Jones continuous to sell briskly upon this album’s success which sold more than a million copies in just a week. It ended with sales of 12 million copies without a hit single released.

U2- How to Dismantled an Atomic Bomb (2004)
Released on late 2004, most of its sales were accumulated durin the remaining weeks of the year. This album from U2 was a worldwide hit with estimated 10 million copies sold. However, it only scored one major hit which is “Vertigo”.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (2000-2004)

Music is still very much alive from 2000-2004, however, album sales was seen on its decline. This was due to the rise of digital music and piracy. Still, we saw the trends in music with the rise of new artists, as well as trends in genres.

First-week million sales
It has been a phenomenon in music to sell one million copies in just one week. The record breaker for a long time was set on first quarter of 2000 when NSYNC broke sales with 2.4 million US sales. That same year, Eminem broke more than 1.7 million for “Marshall Mathers LP, Britney Spears second LP “Oops… I Did It Again” with more than 1.3 million and Limp Bizkit’s “Chocolate Starfish and Hotdog Flavored Water” with more than 1 million. Several artists this era reached a million in first week like Usher, Norah Jones and Backstreet Boys (had two albums with Millenium from 1999). NSYNC held the second place for a long time to with “Celebrity” with 1.8 million plus, and another album from Eminem.

Boybands going hiatus
Boybands enjoyed their peak during 1995-1999. They started the new millenium with a bang, but as 2002 started, boybands such as Backstreet Boys and NSYNC took hiatus. European boybands continued though like Westlife and Blue.

Going solo
As boybands and girlbands go hiatus, many members of those groups went solo. NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake achieved success with his debut. Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys though had limited success. While Beyonce of Destiny’s Child had her superstardom began in 2004.

Young female stars going sexy
We also saw the young female stars going sexier this era. Britney Spears left her role model image as she has gone sexy in her third album. Christina Aguilera is very notable though as she has shown her dirtiest image in 2002 with her video “Dirrty” and her breakout album “Stripped”.

Young female pop/rock stars
In 2002, Avril Lavigne rocked the charts with her debut album “Let Go”. Despite Michelle Branch first came out, she was not credited for the rise of pop/rock music. Vanessa Carlton had platinum success with her debut album, while Jennifer Love Hewitt released a pop/rock album. We also saw Hillary Duff and Ashley Simpson followed the pop/rock genre.

Rock bands
Rock has become a very popular genre in 2000 with the success of Limp Bizkit. Linkin Park became victorious too who scored the biggest selling rock album of the decade with “Hybrid Theory” and a huge second album “Meteora”. Nickelback, Coldplay and Creed became successful this era too.

R&B music
R&B music has been on its peak when year 2000 begun. It was led by Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Beyonce and others. Even pop stars incorporated R&B in their music.

Hip-hop music
Hip-hop music scene is very much alive this era too. We saw the success of Eminem, Nelly and Ja Rule, as well as the introductory of Chingy, 50 Cent and others.

Remixes
Remixes has been popular too this era. It started when Jennifer Lopez topped the charts with “I’m Real” which led to the release of her remix album. The album set record when it went to number one. Other successful remix albums were from P. Diddy and Linkin Park.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Artists With Successful Debut 2000-2004

Since 2000, there has been great newcomers who are still relevant until now. Not all of them did but at least they got the taste of success.

Macy Gray
The R&B singer received success when both her first single “I Try” and album “On How Life Is” both hit the top 5. The album turned to be one of the biggest albums of 2000. Her follow-up album didn’t receive such success though.

Nelly
Nelly became one of the top rappers of 2000s when he received success worldwide with second album “Nellyville”. Nevertheless, he had a successful debut album too when “Country Grammar” album went 8 million according to Nielsen Sounscand just in US. His other albums went platinum.

Coldplay
British band Coldplay was very successful with their debut album “Parachute”. It was multi-platinum particularly in Europe and native country UK. Their success extended until now after multi-platinum albums. However, their newly released “A Head Full of Dreams” is said to be their last.

Linkin Park
Linkin Park was one of the biggest bands since 2000s. Their first album “Hybrid Theory” was a sleeper hit when it was among the top sellers of both 2001 and 2002. They had multi platinum success with secodn and third studio albums. Their recent releases went platinum.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys offered something new with her debut. Her single “Fallin'” was very successful then which led to 12 million in sales of “Songs in A Minor” LP, according to Wikipedia. Her second to fourth album became extremely successful too.

Ashanti
Before Ashanti’s success, she was seen as featured artists in rappers’ hits. Then she released “Foolish” which was number one in many countries. Her self titled album went to number 1 in Billboard Hot 100. Her second album became successful though.

Avril Lavigne
Avril became the next big thing when she debuted in 2002 as she went to number 1 when “Let Go”, her first album, became big seller both in 2002 and 2003. It scored 3 top 10 hits worldwide. Success went on with her other albums.

50 Cent
50 Cent is created records in 2003 when he became among the 5 big sellers that year through his album “Get Rich ir Die Trying”. In 2005, he sets record for big first week sales of his second LP “The Massacre”.

Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson was hailed from Americal Idol and her debut album became number 1 in Billboard albums. It was successful which opened the way to her second album in 2004 and became her biggest album ever.

Sean Paul
Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul scored multiple top ten hits off from his debut album “Dutty Rock” which was successful too. Je had top ten hits with upcoming album then.

Norah Jones
Norah Jones slowly surged to the top and climbed up the charts after multiple wins from the Grammys. Her debut album Come Away With Me” sold 26 million according to Wikipedia while second album went 1 million in just a week.

Evanescence
Due to the success of “Bring Me to Life” the Amy Lee-led band received several millions in sales with album “Fallen”. Their second album is number 1 though

Maroon 5
Maroon 5 slowly picked up in sales until their second single “This Love” became worldwide successful which helped “Songs About Jane” achieved multi-platinum success worldwide. Until now, the band has sustained their popularity.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Underrated Artists Who Had Big Hits

There are so many singers nowadays and scoring a hit song or album is already a huge accomplishment for them. Many of those singers really did well but are just underrated. After accomplishing a hit song/s or album/s, succeeding releases underperformed. It may be promotional thing that they declined in sales but those artists really need more attention than what they received.

Nelly Furtado
Nelly won a Grammy and nominated several times on the awards show during her debut year. Her album even went multi-platinum and platinum in several countries. Her sophomore album may have been less successful but redeemed success with third LP “Loose” which became very successful globally and her most successful to date. A Spanish album succeeded then an underperforming album which was almost unheard.

Dido
Dido was one of the biggest UK artists in 2000s after breaking records in sales in her own country, she also sold extremely well in other countries which includes US through her first two albums “No Angel” and “Life for Rent” and the hit single “Thank You”. Her two following albums failed to match its predecessors.

Jason Mraz
Jason’s debut “Waiting for My Rocket to Come” was platinum and scored a top 40 hit with “The Remedy”. But his big break came through the sleeper hit “I’m Yours” and remained stationary in the charts for more than a year. His courageous song “I Won’t Give Up” hit the top ten in a number of territories but his following singles and album were less successful.

Norah Jones
Norah Jones is a big Grammy winner during her debut year which contributed to the success of her first album “Come Away With Me”, which according to estimates had sold at about 26 million copies. “Feels Like Home” is a million-seller on its debut week but her succeeding LPs sold below her first two LPs.