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Notable highlights for pop music in the 1980s are Michael Jackson's second Epic label release, Thriller, which went on to become the best-selling album of all time. Michael Jackson was the most successful artist of the 80s, spanning nine #1 singles only in the United States during that decade, and selling over 140 million copies with only two albums Thriller, and its follow-up Bad. Since the early nineties Jackson is sometimes referred to as "The King of Pop". Madonna is considered "The Queen of Pop". Other top-selling artists included Sezen Aksu Cher, Prince, Gloria Estefan, Tiffany, Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Olivia Newton-John, Duran Duran, The Go-Go's, The Police, Tears for Fears, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Juice Newton, Phil Collins, Laura Branigan, Talking Heads, Eurythmics, The Bangles, Hall & Oates, George Michael, Rick Springfield and Culture Club. The late 1980s saw the rise of Roxette.


Among the most successful pop acts of the 1990s were R&B-influenced pop acts such as Sezen Aksu,Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, En Vogue, Salt N Pepa, Brandy, and TLC. Non-R&B artists such as Cher, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, Jewel, and Tori Amos were also phenomenonally successful during that decade. Eric Clapton was old, but massive hits like Change The World and Tears In Heaven, made him even more famous.

The 1990s and 21st century were marked by a resurgence of boy band and girl group trends. The U.S. had New Edition, New Kids on the Block (in the late '1980s and early '1990s), followed by the Backstreet Boys, Hanson,*NSYNC,98 Degrees and the huge pop girl band phenomenon the Spice Girls. Towards the turn of the millennium, the "pop princesses" appeared such as Jessica Simpson, Robyn, Billie Piper, Mandy Moore, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera. From the UK came the likes of Take That, Blue and Spice Girls, while Australia had Kylie Minogue and Savage Garden. Irish boy bands during this period included Boyzone and Westlife. 1999 saw the rise of the Latin pop explosion with Ricky Martin at the forefront, followed by Jennifer Lopez, Thalía, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Paulina Rubio, and Marc Anthony.

2000sIn the 2000s, hip-hop blended pop music, paving the way for the multi-platinum successes of artists like Nelly, Eminem, 50 Cent, Ludacris, Ciara, Beyoncé Knowles, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Stacie Orrico and the Pussycat Dolls, are thought to be pop artists, but lack a key element, and therefore fall under the hip hop genre.

90s artists, such as Mariah Carey presented comeback albums that continued to make them rule the music charts and keep their titles the way Madonna kept hers thanks to her Confessions on a Dance Floor album. Early in the decade Kylie Minogue had what was considered to be pop music, with hits such as Spinning Around and Can't Get You Out Of My Head. Other trends included Teen pop acts such as Disney Channel star Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan, dance/pop/rock group Jump 5 being featured in various Disney and non-disney movie soundtracks (eg. Ella Enchanted, Sleepover, The Lizzie McGuire Movie). Jump 5 have multi-platinum and gold record sales and nine albums currently released. Reggaeton style music such as Pitbull, and "pop punk" music, such as Avril Lavigne and Good Charlotte. A few winners of reality television shows such as Kelly Clarkson of American Idol and Will Young of Pop Idol had multi-platinum lemar.

In the Arab world, familiar pop stars include Cheb Khaled, Cheb Mami and Samira Said (famous for her 2003 album Youm Wara Youm).

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Pop music generally uses a simple, memorable melody and may use stripped-down rhythms. The songs are often about love or dancing. It is considered to be the most popular genre of music today.

Music videos and live performances are often used for exposure in the media, and artists may have extravagant stage shows and use choreographed dancing. Pop followed by dancing.


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