If you haven’t been tallying the numbers every year this might come to you as quite a surprise: US rapper Eminem is the Grinch who stole this decade’s show. The Eminem machine sold more than 32 million albums in the US , outselling the Beatles, ‘NSync and Britney Spears!
Although Susan Boyle and Lady Gaga have a strong hold on the album charts right now, the 2000s belonged to Eminem, at least in the United States where he has been crowned America’s bestselling act of the last 10 years.
The Guardian reports that in the end, it came down to a battle between Slim Shady and the Beatles. Eminem was the only act to have two albums in the decade’s top 10 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Beatles‘ greatest hits compilation , One, did however take the top spot as the decade’s best selling record in the USA. Eminem had two albums in the top 10 – 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP at No 4 and 2002’s The Eminem Show at No 5.
The Eminem Show
The other top seller of SoundScans list include Justin Timberlake‘s former boy-band,‘NSync, Britney Spears, R&B singer Usher, rockers Linkin Park and Creed, and the debut by chanteuse Norah Jones.
Strangely enough , these were not the acts which dominated American radio play. Modern rock tunes from the bands Nickelback, Lifehouse and Three Doors Down dominated the spins on the air chart.
With the impact of the Internet seen on the singles charts, sales of CD singles dwindled in the early 2000s and the success of digital services like iTunes led to a new boom. Low, released by rapper Flo Rida was the decade’s most successful digital song, selling 5.2m copies. Lady Gaga, Jason Mraz, the Black Eyed Peas , Soulja Boy and Coldplay all appear in the top 10
The top-selling albums of the decade in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan:
1. The Beatles – 1,11,499,000
2. ‘NSync, No Strings Attached – 11,112,000
3. Norah Jones, Come Away With Me – 10, 546,000
4. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP – 10,204,000
5. Eminem, The Eminem Show – 9,799,000
6. Usher, Confessions – 9,712,000
7. Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory – 9,663,000
8. Creed, Human Clay – 9,491,000
9. Britney Spears, Oops! … I Did It Again – 9,185,000
10. Nelly, Country Grammar – 8,461,000
America’s top-selling digital songs of the decade, according to Nielsen SoundScan:
1. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain – Low, 5,214,000
2. Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis – Just Dance, 4,690,000
3. Jason Mraz, I’m Yours – 4,619,000
4. Timbaland feat. One Republic, Apologize – 4,439,000
5. The Black Eyed Peas, Boom Boom Pow – 4,349,000
6. Soulja Boy Tell’em, Crank That – 4,315,000
7. Lady Gaga, Poker Face – 4,200,000
8. Coldplay, Viva La Vida – 4,140,000
9. Taylor Swift, Love Story – 4,005,000
10. Katy Perry, Hot N Cold – 3,945,000