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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
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.
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 Black Dahlia Murder
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
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.
Children of Bodom — Canadian singer who became a successful crooner well after the traditional pop genre died out.
Michael Bublé 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.
Coheed and Cambria — 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 — 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.
Melanie C Music/Chimaira
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.
Dead By April (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 & 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 he didn't become famous until his second album in 2010.
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 — 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 — Female-fronted 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 - 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. Their 2008 song "All Around Me" just made it into the US Top 40.
Flyleaf - 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 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 — Rock band fronted by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. While they first became popular in the '90s, they had more success in the new decade.
Foo Fighters - 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 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.
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 American Idiot in 2004 brought them back to the forefront.
. Started in Hardline The Nineties, sounded like The Eighties, but they released most of their material in this decade
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.
Hot Hot Heat
Hour Of Penance
India.Arie (started in 1991, but increased their popularity in the 00's)
Insane Clown Posse
Jimmy Eat World
The Jonas Brothers
Jumpsteady — Japanese Kana/Moon Kana Idol Singer known for her involvement in the Visual Kei and Lolita subcultures.
Kings Of Leon
Lamb Of God
Lil Wayne (started in 1996, but achieved mainstream popularity in 2000)
Lucifer Luscious Violenoue
Machinae Supremacy (barely—the band broke up in 2001)
The Mars Volta
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)
My Chemical Romance
Nine Inch Nails
Poets Of The Fall
The Polyphonic Spree
Protest The Hero
Queens of the Stone Age
Red Hot Chili Peppers
She & Him
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
System Divide (First album came out in 1998, but 2001's System of a Down Toxicity skyrocketed them to popularity)
Them Crooked Vultures
Taking Back Sunday
Tegan And Sara
Three Days Grace
Trivium (started in '97, but increased their popularity in the 00's)
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.
Andrew W.K. (debuted in '98, got more popular in the '00s)
Rufus Wainwright — 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.
The White Stripes
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.