Here are some successful North American pop artists of the decade include Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Britney Spears, Adele, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and few more who grab listener’s attention.
Pop music had remained significantly popular due to dance-pop, electropop and synth-pop in this decade. Artists like Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, One Direction, Adele, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry were very popular and chart-topping pop songs this decade include Kesha‘s “Tik Tok“, Britney Spears‘ “Hold It Against Me“, Bruno Mars‘s “Just the Way You Are“, Katy Perry‘s “Firework“, Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way“, Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep“, Rihanna‘s “We Found Love“, Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off“, Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry“, Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You“, Ariana Grande‘s “Thank U, Next“, Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy“, and Selena Gomez‘s “Lose You to Love Me“.
English-Irish pop boyband One Direction and Canadian singer Shawn Mendes were some of the other acts that dominated the pop charts in the US this decade. Jonas Brothers made a comeback in 2019 and dominated the charts. Also from this decade were critically acclaimed works from Beyoncé, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West among others. New pop artists that emerged in that decade were Mike Posner, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Meghan Trainor, Bebe Rexha, Tori Kelly, Alessia Cara, Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Julia Michaels, Maggie Rogers, Hailee Steinfeld, Lauv, Camila Cabello, Bazzi, Alec Benjamin, Billie Eilish, and Ava Max.
Teenage Dream, Katy Perry’s sophomore album, released on August 24, 2010 spawned 5 consecutive number-one singles. It was the second album in history, to produce 5 number-one singles, the first by a woman to achieve this milestone. Those number-one singles were “California Gurls“, “Teenage Dream“, “Firework“, “E.T.“, and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)“.
Rihanna had earned the most #1 singles so far in this decade (nine), spending 41 weeks at the top of the chart, followed by Katy Perry with 8 #1 singles at a 26-week reign and Bruno Mars with 7 #1 singles leading 32 weeks. Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift both had five #1 singles this decade so far, Bieber spending 23 weeks at #1 and Swift with 18 weeks. Adele followed with four #1 singles at her name spending 24 weeks at the top.
Kesha earned three #1 singles this decade so far, spending 13 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Among all those songs who reached #1 singles this decade “Tik Tok“, “Rolling in the Deep“, “Just the Way You Are“, “Poker Face“, “Shake It Off“, and “Dark Horse” were some of the best-selling singles in the digital era.
Taylor Swift and Adele had some of the biggest-selling albums of the 2010s, being the only two artists to have sold more than a million copies of an album in a week, multiple times. Swift became the first artist in history to have four albums debut on the Billboard 200 with each selling over 1 million copies; they are: Speak Now (2010), Red (2012), 1989 (2014) and Reputation (2017); with Lover (2019), Swift became the first female artist to debut six albums on the chart, each opening with more than 500,000 copies. The American Music Awards crowned Swift as the Artist of the Decade, while Billboard named her the Woman of the Decade.
In this decade, Swift and Beyoncé became the only two female acts in history to achieve six consecutive number-one debuts on the Billboard 200 chart; Swift did it with Fearless (2009), Speak Now, Red, 1989, Reputation and Lover, while Beyoncé with Dangerously in Love (2003), B’Day (2006), I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), 4 (2011), Beyoncé (2013) and Lemonade (2016).
Madonna became the first artist to achieve 50 number-one songs on any Billboard chart, in the Dance Club Songs chart, pulling ahead of runner-up, George Strait, who has 44 number-one songs on the Hot Country Songs chart.
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