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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. If you entered thinking that the year would bring a totally different sound befitting the turn of a new millennium Not that the artists that defined popular music at the end of the '90s were suddenly spirited away and replaced with an entirely new vanguard: Most of the biggest artists of -- the boy bands and girl groups, the breakout rappers and rock best-sellers -- were the biggest artists of , too. But they seemed energized by the changeover of millennia, and motivated to push things appropriately forward. Having some of the era's greatest super-producers on the front lines certainly helped. The Neptunes and Swizz Beatz brought the proverbial and sometimes literal bells and whistles to hip-hop, setting it on its path to top 40 domination and definition. But the year wasn't just about returning '90s stars getting 2. Hip-hop's geographical axis was thrown off by a brand new rap icon emerging from the country's center.
The s were a tough time in the music business. Artists bypassed record labels to release music independently. What's more, online file sharing and music streaming disrupted the radio industry, and the biggest record store chains went out of business. Amid the industry chaos, pop music still thrived, with hip-hop and dance music leading the way.
This article includes an overview of the major events and trends in popular music in the s. As the technology of computers and internet sharing developed, a variety of those genres started to fuse in order to see new styles emerging. Terms like "contemporary", "nu", "revival", "alternative", and "post" are added to various genres titles in order to differentiate them from past styles, nu-disco and post-punk revival as notable examples. In this decade, grime was a genre invented in the UK, while Chillwave became popular in the United States.