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    Updated on Sep 20, 2020. Posted on Sep 16, 2020

    38 Pop Culture Moments That Happened In September 2010 That Feel Like Both Yesterday And 20 Years Ago

    So much happened in that month that it wouldn't be out of place in 2020!

    1. Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," feat. Rihanna...

    Aftermath

    2. ...and Katy Perry's iconic bop "Teenage Dream" were the No. 1 songs in the country:

    Sony Music

    3. Katy's album, Teenage Dream, also went No. 1, as did Sara Bareilles's Kaleidoscope Heart:

    Sony Music

    4. Selena Gomez & the Scene released their second album, A Year Without Rain, while Kendrick Lamar dropped his fourth mixtape, Overly Dedicated:

    Hollywood Records, Top Dawg

    5. Kylie Minogue released the music video for her now-classic dance track, "Get Outta My Way":

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    6. Linkin Park's "The Catalyst" was the No. 1 alternative song in the country:

    The CD single cover for "The Catalyst" which features just a black sun
    WMG

    7. Rihanna released "Only Girl (In the World)," the first single from her then-upcoming album, Loud...

    The cover for "Only Girl (In the World)" featuring Rihanna with bright red hair sitting in a field and wrapped in a red gown
    Def Jam

    8. ...and she also released the album cover for Loud:

    http://twitpic.com/2s9b2m - What up #RihannaNavy I've been busy being the "Only Girl In the World" wanna see more?!?!

    9. The VMAs were held at the Nokia Theatre in LA, and Chelsea Handler was the host:

    Chelsea Handler on stage wearing a doll house on her head and surrounded by shirtless back-up dancers
    Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    10. Taylor Swift performed her newest song, "Innocent":

    Taylor Swift sitting on stage in a leather wingback chair with a guitar in her hand and a stage set that looks like an abounded house
    Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    11. And Lady Gaga created one of the most talked-about moments in VMA history when she wore the "meat dress":

    Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

    12. Gaga also won Video of the Year for "Bad Romance," and when receiving the Moonman for it, announced that her next album would be called Born This Way — even singing a verse from the title track:

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    13. Beyoncé joined Jay-Z on stage (at Yankee Stadium) during his and Eminem's The Home & Home Tour:

    Beyonce onstage with Jay-Z standing a few feet behind her
    Kevin Mazur / WireImage

    14. Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest and Jonathan Franzen's Freedom topped the New York Times Best Seller list:

    MacLehose Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    15. Apple released its second-generation Apple TV, which — aside from being the first to run on iOS — included Netflix integrated into it (unleashing the beginning of the streaming era):

    A photo of second generation Apple TV with wires attached to it
    Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    16. Apple also released its sixth generation of the iPod Nano, which looked sorta like an Apple Watch:

    A close-up of an iPod Nano on a wooden table
    Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    17. The New York Times reported that all those ads on YouTube were making the company some serious money and that it would actually make a profit:

    A photo of a computer screen open to the YouTube homepage circa 2010
    Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    18. H&M announced that its next designer collaboration would be with Lanvin:

    A logo for Lanvin and H&M that is drawn in a book with a drawn pink heart between each of the companies' names
    Jonathan Nackstrand / Getty Images

    19. Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes Leon, officially launched their juniors clothing line, Material Girl. And, in case you forgot, Taylor Momsen was the face of the line:

    Lourdes Leon, Taylor Momsen, and Madonna posing on the red carpet even for it at Macy's flagship store in NYC
    Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

    20. After months of speculation, Kara DioGuardi announced that she would no longer be a judge on American Idol and that she would be leaving the show:

    A close-up of Kara DioGuardi at an event for BMI
    Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    21. And it was officially announced that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez would be the new judges on American Idol:

    Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson standing together at a press event to announce the new judges
    Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    22. Lindsay Lohan was booked in jail after she violated her probation by testing positive for a controlled substance — after serving less than a day, she was released on bail. She would check into rehab a few days later:

    A mugshot of Lindsay Lohan
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    23. Gloria Stuart (who played old Rose in Titanic) died at age 100:

    A photo of Gloria Stuart as Rose in "Titanic"
    20th Century Fox Film Corp/ Courtesy Everett Collection

    24. LFO's Rich Cronin died at age 36, after having leukemia for several years:

    A close-up shot of Rich with frosted tips at Z-100 event in the early 2000s
    Gabe Palacio / Getty Images

    25. And Eddie Fisher died at age 82 from complications from hip surgery. While he was a huge star in the 1950s, he is probably most remembered today for being Carrie Fisher's father and for leaving America's sweetheart, Debbie Reynolds, for her BFF Elizabeth Taylor (who had been married to his BFF, Mike Todd — who tragically died in a plane crash):

    A photo of Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds at a party in 1958
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    26. Seth Rogen announced that he was engaged to his girlfriend of six years, Lauren Miller:

    Lauren Miller and Seth Rogen on a red carpet for a fundraiser in 2010
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    27. Elisabeth Moss filed for divorce from Fred Armisen — the two had been married less than a year:

    Fred Armisen and Elisabeth Moss walking into the White House Correspondence dinner in 2010
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    28. Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem revealed that they were expecting their first child:

    A photo of Penelope Cruz gazing at Javier Bardem
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    29. It was announced that Darren Criss would be joining Glee as a series regular and that Gwyneth Paltrow would guest star on it:

    Angela Weiss / Getty Images, Jason Merritt / Getty Images

    30. Glee also aired its highly anticipated Britney Spears–themed episode:

    A photo of Heather Morris and Britney Spears recreating the almost kiss between her and Madonna from the "Me Against the Music" music video
    20th Century Fox /Courtesy Everett Collection

    31. Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox had a mini-Friends reunion on Courteney's show, Cougar Town:

    A promotional photo of Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston sitting on outside staircase
    Karen Neal / Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

    32. Mike & Molly and the reboot of Hawaii Five-0 were among the TV shows that made their debut that month:

    CBS

    33. As did $h*! My Dad Says, which, in case you forgot, was based on a Twitter account:

    A promotional photo from "$h*! My Dad Says" of William Shatner looking angrily at actor Jonathan Sadowski
    CBS / Courtesy Everett Collection

    34. The soap opera As the World Turns ended after being on the air for 54 years:

    A screenshot of a globe sitting on a desk in a dark room
    CBS

    35. The Venice Film Festival happened — with Black Swan being the movie that opened the festival, and Sofia Coppola taking home the Golden Lion for the Best Film In Competition for her movie, Somewhere:

    Sofia Coppla in a green dress and holding her Golden Lion
    Danny E. Martindale / Getty Images

    36. It was announced that Disney was making a live-action remake of Mulan and that Ziyi Zhang would play Mulan:

    Zhang Ziyi smiling at a event in Tokyo as she holds a bouquet of red roses
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    37. Machete, Easy A, and The Town were among the movies released into theaters:

    The movie poster for Matchete, Easy A, and The Town
    20th Century Fox/ Screen Gems/ Warner Bros.

    38. And finally, Duck Sauce released their music video for "Barbra Streisand" and it was like a Pitchfork wet dream:

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