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Turn Of The Millennium:
3 Inches Of Blood scored his first hit in 2003.
Abysmal Dawn had her first top 40 hit in 2009, but only became a superstar two years later.
Adele formed in 1998, but released their first album in 2002 and gained mainstream success with their second release in 2005, specifically the single "The Kill" and its accompanying music video.
30 Seconds To Mars
The Age Of Information
The Agonist scored her first hit in 1999, but the bulk of her career was in this decade.
All That Remains are two sisters who have been successful in both singing and acting.
Aly And AJ
Amon Amarth - British Anaal Nathrakh Black Metal duo who released their first album in 2001, pushing both their genre and extreme metal in general to its limits.
Arsis never scored a rock hit until 2011, but their song "Get Thru This" was already getting exposure through WWE programming.
Art of Dying — American As I Lay Dying Metalcore/ Melodic Death Metal/neo- Thrash Metal band formed in 2000.
Ayria — Arguably most successful heavy metal group of the new decade.
Best Coast — Both Destiny's Child and her solo career peaked during this decade.
Beyoncť — Gained superstardom at the beginning of 2010, but in 2007 he began posting videos on Justin Bieber YouTube and in 2009 he made his musical debut.
The Birthday Massacre
Between The Buried And Me - The biggest and most respected The Black Dahlia Murder Melodic Death Metal band to come out of the US.
Black Label Society
The Black Keys — They scored their first hit in 2003, but finished the decade off with what is arguably its most successful song in "I Gotta Feeling"
The Black Eyed Peas
Blaze Ya Dead Homie
Blood Red Throne
Boondox — Formed in the late 1990s, but their popularity peaked in 2003-2005 with the Grammy nomination of "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" and the release of "1985."
Bowling for Soup Brian Wilson
Bring Me The Horizon
Caroline — This young singer's career exploded in 2005 with the hit "Run It!" but imploded in 2009 after he beat up Rihanna. He has since started to make a comeback.
Children of Bodom — Canadian singer who became a successful crooner well after the traditional pop genre died out.
Michael Buble He's been around since 1988 but shot to international fame in the 00's thanks to his stint in Buckethead Guns N' Roses and the inclusion of his song "Jordan" in Guitar Hero II.
— Welsh heavy metal band who became popular around the end of the decade.
Bullet For My Valentine
Mutya Buena — The winner of The X Factor in 2008.
Cage — Her song "Bubbly" became a surprise hit in late 2007, and she has had a few successful hits ever since.
Colbie Caillat — Her career had suffered a noticeable decline since the late 1990s. But she returned to the spotlight in 2005 and managed several hits in this decade.
Mariah Carey — German dance group usually mistaken for a female singer. Had a big trance hit in 2006 with "Everytime We Touch" before going the electro-pop route with 2009's "Evacuate the Dancefloor."
Cascada — Rock supergroup fronted by Sammy Hagar.
Gabriella Cilmi — The very first winner of American Idol, she ruled the charts for most of the decade.
Kelly Clarkson - Each album from this pop-punk-influenced Coheed and Cambria Progressive Metal band follows a single concept, adapted into a comic series called "The Armory Wars". They released their debut in 2002 and continue to go strong today.
— A punk-pop band formed in 2006 that contributed (fittingly) to the Cobra Starship soundtrack, but didn't have their first major hit ("Good Girls Go Bad") until 2009.
Snakes on a Plane — Arguably the most successful rock band of the Became household names after their song "Clocks" won the "Record of the Year" Grammy.
Coldplay — Breakout member of Cheryl Cole Girls Aloud who released her debut solo record in 2009.
— A heavily criticized rock band who scored four big hits from 2000 to 2002.
Creed — Scott Stapp was replaced by new singer Myles Kennedy. They have significantly better reception than Creed though nowhere near as much success.
Melanie C Music/Chimaira - Cleveland-based Metalcore band who made their debut in 2001.
The Crystalline Effect — The daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus became a superstar through Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana," and she became a pop star on her own right.
D — A British band who helped spark a glam-rock revival in the middle of the decade. While they were quite big at home, they are best known in the States almost exclusively for their 2004 falsetto-ridden hit "I Believe in a Thing Called Love."
Dark Lotus - A German Deadlock Melodic Death Metal band debuting in the 2000s. They generally have vegan lyrics with a Clean vocalist and a harsh vocalist.
- Sweden-based band who became popular in 2009, known for their unusual blend of Dead By April Pop and Melodic Death Metal.
(created in '97, but most popular in the '00s)
Death Cab for Cutie
Decapitated - Formed in 2000 and had a cult following throughout the entire decade, but never became big until 2011.
Demons And Wizards
Die Antwoord - Japanese post- Dir En Grey Visual Kei experimental metal/rock band, active since 1997, but started gaining international recognition in late 1999/early 2000.
Dillon Dixon Band — Nu-metal band from Chicago with a handful of major rock hits from three albums. Later shifted into a heavier Disturbed Alternative Metal sound.
Siobhan Donaghy — A power-metal band with a dedicated fan following. In 2007, they gained mainstream exposure when their song "Through The Fire And Flames" was featured on Guitar Hero III.
DragonForce — Canadian rapper who started releasing mixtapes in 2006 and got his first Top 40 hit in 2009, although the bulk of his success took place in the next decade.
Drake — A metal band who has scored many rock radio hits with three lead singers. Despite their success, they are primarily remembered for their first hit "Bodies."
Drowning Pool — Debuted in the 1960s, still going strong in this decade.
Bob Dylan — American singer who used her starring role on the hit TV show Lizzie McGuire to propel herself to pop success.
Electric Six — A rock band fronted by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Ironically, they are neither an Eagles tribute band or a death metal group.
Eagles Of Death Metal
Ego Likeness — White rapper who became the best selling artist of both the 2000s and his entire genre.
ES Posthumus — The most successful female-fronted rock band this decade; a symphonic Evanescence rock/metal band whose songs were synonymous with teen angst. Also notable for having a singer who brought Elegant Gothic Lolita closer to the Western Goth fanbase.
Jade Ewen — Japanese Exist Trace Visual Kei metal band, formed in 2003. Well-known for its all-female lineup, though no one will notice right away due to their androgynous looks.
Explosions In The Sky
The Fall Of Troy
Fallujah — Pop-punk band who were really big in the latter half of the decade. Surprisingly, their most recognizable member is their Fall Out Boy bassist and not their lead singer.
— Canadian singer who sings with indie group Broken Social Scene before having a surprise top 10 hit in 2007 with "1234."
Feist released their comeback album in 2008.
The Fireman Fireaxe
The Firesign Theatre
- A Fleshgod Apocalypse Technical Death Metal band from Italy that incorporates Symphonic Elements to their music.
— Rap-rock band whose 2008 song "Handlebars" cracked the top 40 that summer.
Flobots — Indie-rock group fronted by redhead Florence Welch. They formed in 2007 yet never became popular in America until 2010.
Florence + the Machine — Female-fronted rock band somewhere between Evanescence and Paramore although far less successful than either group. Their 2008 song "All Around Me" just made it into the US Top 40.
Flyleaf — Rock band fronted by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. While they first became popular in the '90s (and their best known song comes from that period), they had more success in the new decade.
Foo Fighters Forgive Durden
- Pro wrestler Fozzy Chris Jericho's heavy metal band released their first album in 2000.
— Scottish rock band whose 2004 song "Take Me Out" was very popular on the American iTunes at its peak.
Frou Frou — Canadian singer who had a pair of hits in 2001 before fading into obscurity, but managed to make a comeback in 2006.
Nelly Furtado - Active since 1995 as vocalist of the Gackt Visual Kei band Malice Mizer, left in 1999 to pursue a solo career, eventually gaining popularity in the early 2000s and beyond. Very popular for his active participation in various J-culture scenes.
Gama Bomb — Popular rapper who had many hits in the middle of the decade.
The Game — Japanese The Gazette Visual Kei metal outfit, formed in 2002 and widely considered as contemporaries of Dir En Grey. Currently one of the biggest names in Asian metal, for fairly obvious reasons.
. South Korean Girls' Generation girl group that debuted in 2007, consisting of nine Idol Singers. Considered the Distaff Counterpart of labelmates Super Junior
— The co-winners of "Popstars: The Rivals" who went on to become the biggest British Girl Group of the decade.
Girls Aloud scored her first dance chart hit with "Dirty House Music" in 2008, although she's had more success in Giulietta The New Tens.
Goldfrapp — Although her popularity peaked in the 2010s, she first made a name for herself through Disney Channel in the later years of the decade.
Delta Goodrem — Cartoon band formed by Damon Albarn of Gorillaz.
Gorillaz — French Gojira Technical Death Metal that sounds like Meshuggah and Lamb Of God turned Up to Eleven.
Gogol Bordello — Began in the 1990s; their popularity had begun to fade at the turn of the century. The release of politically-heavy Green Day in 2004 brought them back to the forefront.
American Idiot . Started in Hardline The Nineties, sounded like The Eighties, but they released most of their material in this decade
— Although his international success was almost exclusively Calvin Harris The New Tens, he first burst onto the UK music scene in 2007.
Heaven Shall Burn
Missy Higgins was formed in 1991, but did not release their debut until 1997. International recognition followed a couple of years later.
HIM are another band that was formed in the 90's but became internationally known after the Turn of the Millennium
Hot Hot Heat
Hour Of Penance
Hurt — Had huge success in the early 2000s before fading away for the rest of the decade.
India.Arie (started in 1991, but increased their popularity in the 00's)
Insane Clown Posse
Jay Rock — One of the most successful rappers of all time, this was easily his biggest decade.
Jesu — Moderately-popular emo-punk band who scored a surprise hit in 2002 before quickly fading away.
Jimmy Eat World — The most successful teen heartthrobs of the decade (excluding artists whose popularity crossed over from 1999 or continued into 2010).
The Jonas Brothers
Jumpsteady — Japanese Kana/Moon Kana Idol Singer known for her involvement in the Visual Kei and Lolita subcultures.
Kaya — Although her success was mostly 2010s, her breakthrough hit took of right at the end of the decade, plus she had an Kesha Early-Bird Cameo on a Flo Rida hit before.
— The big female R&B phenomenon known for her hit ballads.
Killswitch Engage — Las Vegas rock band with new wave and indie influences. They became a big new band of the mid to late 2000s, and unlike Fall Out Boy, successfully retained their core rock audience.
The Killers — Rock band who had a brief wave of superstardom the late 2000s.
Kings of Leon
Korpiklaani — Although their real breakthrough did not come until 2011, they did get first noticed in 2009.
Lacuna Coil — Unquestionably the biggest new star of 2009, quickly becoming the most popular star of the early 2010s before she started to fade away.
Lady Gaga — One of rap's most promising young artists, and one of the very few mainstream rappers respected by hip hop fans. Although he started his career in the 2000s, he never got a mainstream audience until 2012.
Kendrick Lamar - The leaders of modern-day metal music, who followed in Lamb Of God Pantera's footsteps by taking Groove Metal to the next level.
— Canadian pop-punk songstress whose rise to stardom in 2002 led to the wiping out of the bubblegum-pop wave of music dominant at the time.
Ricki Lee — R&B singer who won the British X Factor in 2006 and became the show's biggest success story internationally up until 2012.
Lil B — A popular rapper from New Orleans who spent most of the decade as a cult act before ascending superstardom in 2008.
Lil Wayne (started in 1996, but achieved mainstream popularity in 2000)
Lucifer Luscious Violenoue
Lordi - Started in the 1990s, but didn't become known until their shift to Porcupine Tree Progressive Metal in 2002.
Pixie Lott — Actress/singer who first burst onto the scene in the summer of 2008.
Demi Lovato — A rapper who had one big hit, quickly faded away, and made a comeback in the 2010s.
Lupe Fiasco — Although never as popular as in the 90's, Rob Thomas and his friends continued to have success in the new decade
Machinae Supremacy (barely—the band broke up in 2001)
The Mars Volta — A funk-rock band whose surprise pop success led to them adapting an increasingly commercial sound. Frontman Adam Levine gained further recognition the next decade with Maroon5 and his group re-establishing itself as a core pop act.
Melt Banana remains active as an Merzbow Industrial/ noise artist ever since his successful breakthrough into the international Electronic Music scene in The Eighties.
Jeremy Messersmith (released their first album in 1997)
MF DOOM — Although best remembered for her verse on fun.'s "We Are Young," she first started her career in the 2000s.
Janelle MonŠe — Pop-rock singer who spent most of the decade as a one-hit wonder before a surprise comeback hit brought him his best success ever.
Jason Mraz — British rock group who became a hugely successful act in the 2000s and eventually became stars across the pond as well.
Mandy Moore Modest Mouse
My Chemical Romance
— One of the biggest successes of the emo-punk explosion of the late 2000s.
My Chemical Romance
Joanna Newsom scored his first hit in 2006 and remained a mainstay on pop and R&B radio ever since.
Ne-Yo — Popular yet widely disliked Nickelback Hard Rock band who made it big in the early 2000s, later becoming the most consistent rock crossover act on radio.
— First started recording music in the 2000s but never took off until 2010.
Nicki Minaj — Fell off the radar after lukewarm reception to Nine Inch Nails The Fragile at the end of The Nineties, but returned halfway through the decade with With Teeth and went on to continued success.
— Formed in 1995, popularity lasting through 2003, battling the Backstreet Boys for boy-band domination. Launched *NSYNC Justin Timberlake's career.
OFWGKTA — Electronic music producer who had one of 2009's most surprising hits in "Fireflies," before disappearing faster than he came. A brief comeback in 2012 didn't help him very much.
Opeth — Former Christian-rock singer whose unexpected 2008 hit "I Kissed A Girl" led her to becoming the biggest female pop star of the 2010s.
Katy Perry — Popular female singer/songwriter who took off in 2000, faded away in 2003, and came back big time in 2007.
P!nk — Cuban-American rapper whose moderately successful career throughout the 2000s paid off when "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" shot him to superstardom.
Poets Of The Fall
The Polyphonic Spree
Protest The Hero
Psychopathic Rydas — The most successful American girl group of the latter half of the decade.
Queen Adreena — Rock band whose affiliations to Foo Fighters led to their own career taking off.
Queens of the Stone Age Radiohead — Although still more associated with the '90s, Radiohead continued to have good success and huge critical acclaim.
— One of the most popular rock groups of the 1990s continued to have huge success in the 2000s.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Residents — Barbadian R&B singer who rose to superstardom in 2005 and racked up so many hits in so little time.
Robyn — A very popular Miami-based rapper. He's known for his big size and beard as much as for his rapping.
Rick Ross — Former member of the band Destiny's Child, she achieved her first successful single, "Dilemma" with Nelly in 2002.
Scars On Broadway
Guy Sebastian — South African Seether Post-Grunge band respected by rock fans, but savaged by critics. A few of their songs have a metal tinge to them.
— Colombian singer whose international popularity was unusually disproportionate to her American popularity. Otherwise, she became Shakira the face of Latin music in the new millennium.
She & Him started her musical career in 2001 with the mini-album Akiko Shikata Midori no mori de nemuru tori.
Silverchair — Broke out of sister Jessica's shadow in 2004 only to see a disastrous Ashlee Simpson performance kill her career overnight.
Saturday Night Live — Canadian pop-punk band who became one of the most frequent visitors below the border.
Sirenia — Australian singer who had a cult following in the 2000s despite no chart success until the next decade.
Sia , had a big hit in 2008 with Break Even...
Skindred — One of the most successful metal bands ever, who have become the genre's public face and serve as a Slipknot Gateway Series to many.
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Brendon Small
— Popular rapper of the '90s who continued to thrive in the 2000s.
Suicide Silence — R&B singer whose popularity peaked in 2010, but had his fair share of success in the previous decade.
Trey Songz — Teenage rapper whose song "Crank That" spawned a national dance craze and made him one of the first artists to gain popularity through the internet.
Sound Horizon Sparks — An art pop duo who were one-hit wonders during the Glam Rock period of the 1970s, but had a major critical renaissance during the beginning of the century which started with...
— One of the most successful female singers of the 2000s and unquestionably Britney Spears the most famous celebrity-wise.
System Divide (First album came out in 1998, but 2001's System of a Down Toxicity skyrocketed them to popularity)
— Female country singer who achieved a level of success that nobody in her genre has had since Garth Brooks, and superstardom usually reserved only for pop musicians.
Them Crooked Vultures
Thrice — Rapper/R&B singer who became the public face of the Auto-Tune movement of the late 2000s.
Taking Back Sunday
Tegan And Sara — Matchbox Twenty's frontman started the decade with an enormously successful hit single with Santana and later a few pop hits of his own.
Three Days Grace — Former * Justin Timberlake *NSYNC member. Released first solo album in 2002 and became the biggest boy-band breakout star since Michael Jackson.
- Tied with Dream Theater as the most popular band in Tool Progressive Metal; they started in the 1990s, but released their arguable Magnum Opus Lateralus in 2001.
Trivium (started in '97, but increased their popularity in the 00's)
Uffie — American Idol winner who rivals Kelly Clarkson as the show's most successful alumni.
Carrie Underwood — R&B singer who started the decade shedding his teen idol image, had an exceptionally massive year in 2004, and launched the career of Justin Bieber.
The Veronicas — Neoclassical metal band formed in 2007 by five established Versailles Visual Kei artists, best known for invoking Viewer Gender Confusion among metal fans.
— Rock singer famous for his party anthem "Party Hard" and infamous for his work with Cartoon Network.
Andrew W.K. (debuted in '98, got more popular in the '00s thanks to Rufus Wainwright Shrek)
— Female Kanon Wakeshima Visual Kei/ GothLoli Idol Singer who debuted in 2008, her first two albums, overall sound and image courtesy of Mana.
Nikki Webster . Formed in the mid-90's, reunited in 2000. This rebirth skyrocketed their popularity and effectively proved that their former Weezer Old Shame, the Pinkerton album, was simply ahead of its time.
— One of the most successful rappers of the 2000s, he first made his name as a producer. His career nearly ended in the last few months of 2009.
Kanye West — Arguably the most influential and critically-acclaimed rock band of the 2000s.
The White Stripes
Wild Beasts — R&B singer who had a big international hit with "Rehab" and a huge Grammy sweep the following year, before her actual personal problem overshadowed her career. Her death in 2011 reversed her reputation overnight and internationally turned the relatively obscure singer into a legend.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeasayer — Formed in the late 90s and became popular in the Yousei Teikoku Anime scene since the early 2000s. Fronted by voice actress Yui Itsuki.