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Thursday, December 17, 2009


Posted on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 4:43 PM

We're approaching the end of the year -- and, of course, the end of the decade -- so the next several weeks will be nothing but lists, lists, lists, and more lists all over the place. But as our city continues to get a bad rap via the national media in other parts of the country, we can still be awfully proud of the music that has come out of Detroit over the years.

And it was Detroiters who were the biggest sellers in two categories for the decade, according to Billboard magazine and their SoundScan tracking system. Our own homeboy Eminem was the best-selling artist of the 2000's...with 32.2 million units sold during the last ten years (and that doesn't include illegal downloads!). The only other act to come anywhere near to that amount were the Beatles (which is pretty damn interesting in and of itself) with 29.9 million units sold. Below those two were basically a bunch of losers -- with Tim McCraw at number 3, Toby Keith at number four, Britney Spears at number five, Kenny Chesney at number six, Linkin Park at number seven, Nelly at number eight, Creed at number nine and Jay-Z at number ten. All we're gonna say in regards to the Linkin Park and Creed placements is: "What the fuck??"

Eminem wasn't much of a surprise. What was a surprise, however, was that the biggest-selling catalog album of the decade didn't come from Pink Floyd or even the Fab Four. Nope. The best-selling album was Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's Greatest Hits album, which was released in 1994. Good ol' Bob beat out Bob Marley & The Wailers' Legend (at number two), Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (at number three), Metallica's eponymous album (at number four), and the Beatles' 1 (at number five). Click here to view the entire top 10 list.

Congratulations to our homegrown talent. This had nothing to do with opinion; this had everything to do with the general public voting with their pocketbooks. Still totally baffled by Linkin Park and Creed, though...

Eminem: The decade's biggest star...

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