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    23 Pop Culture Moments From December 2009 That Made Me Say, "Oh Wow, Can't Believe That Was 10 Years Ago"

    We ended the decade with Jay-Z having his first No. 1 hit, Avatar breaking box office records, and the debut of Jersey Shore.

    1. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" was the No. 1 song in the country (it was also Jay-Z's first Hot 100 No. 1 song that featured him as a lead artist).

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    2. While Lady Gaga's iconic "Bad Romance" topped the digital songs chart.


    3. Muse's "Uprising" ended the year as the No. 1 alt-rock song in the country.


    4. Susan Boyle's debut album, I Dreamed A Dream, was a huge hit and dominated the top of the Billboard 200 for almost the whole month.

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    5. Amy Winehouse was arrested and charged with assault after she reportedly "lashed out" at a theater manager during a performance of Cinderella in London.

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    6. In an interview with Elle, Matthew Morrison clarified that he was not gay.

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    7. Carrie Underwood confirmed that she was engaged to Mike Fisher.

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    8. Kevin Jonas married Danielle Deleasa in a castle* in Long Island.

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    *The castle, Oheka Castle, is the same one featured in Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" music video.

    9. Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner broke up after three months of dating.

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    10. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins announced they had split up after being together for 23 years.

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    11. Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal split up after dating for over two years.

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    12. Brittany Murphy tragically died at age 32 in Los Angeles.

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    13. Walt Disney's nephew, Roy E. Disney, died of stomach cancer at age 79. Roy not only helped save Disney's animation studio division, but was also the last Disney family member to work for the company.

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    14. Kourtney Kardashian gave birth to her and Scott Disick's first baby, Mason.

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    15. While Gisele Bündchen gave birth to her and Tom Brady's first baby together, Benjamin.

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    16. This video of a 5-year-old doing a cover of Jason Mraz’s "I’m Yours" on a ukulele went viral:

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    17. CBS cancelled the soap opera As the World Turns after 54 years of being on air.


    It was also the soap opera that coined the term "soap opera" as it was owned by Procter & Gamble.

    18. A little gem called the Jersey Shore made its debut on MTV — and, honestly, this show should have won all the Peabody Awards.


    19. Lady Gaga performed for and met the Queen during the annual Royal Variety Performance show.

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    20. A Single Man, Up In the Air, and Sherlock Holmes were among the movies released into theaters.

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    21. As was Avatar, which broke all sorts of records.

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    22. Tiger Woods took an "indefinite break" from golf after being caught up in a cheating scandal.

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    23. And lastly, the internet was gifted with this Taiwanese news CGI-animated retelling of Tiger's affair:

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