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    Nov 5, 2014

    What The World Was Like The Last Time An Album Sold 1.3 Million Copies In A Week

    It was 2002.

    It was 2002.

    Eminem released The Eminem Show and sold 1.3 million copies in a single week.

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    U2 played the first Super Bowl after 9/11 and Bono wore a jacket lined with the stars and stripes.

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    Kelly Clarkson beat out handsome muppet Justin Guarini to win the first season of American Idol.

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    Christina Aguilera introduced the world to Xtina.

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    Michael Jackson scared the crap out of everyone when he dangled his infant son Prince Michael II over a hotel balcony in Germany.

    Kelly Rowland tried to text Nelly using a spreadsheet and got frustrated when he didn't respond.

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    Gwen Stefani and Eve won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

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    Gwyneth "Goop" Paltrow showed up to the Oscars wearing this:

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    Rosie O'Donnell ended her long-running talk show and got a cute new haircut.

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    Oh, and she came out. That too.

    America spent the entire summer stripping to Nelly's "Hot In Herre."

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    Tweens everywhere were forced to take sides when Aaron Carter broke up with Hilary Duff to start dating Lindsay Lohan.

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    #TeamHilary

    R. Kelly's infamous home video changed the way you look at R. Kelly forever.

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    Kelly Osbourne dyed her hair pink and made a bid for pop-punk stardom with a cover of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach."

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    Britney Spears and Natalie Portman were friends and nobody thought it was weird.

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    Ashanti ruled the charts with this song.

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    Matthew McConaughey was attending red carpets dressed like this:

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    These two kept getting photographed together.

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    A computer repair technician taught a 12-year-old girl in Pennsylvania how to play three chords on the guitar, helping her write her first song, "Lucky You."

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    Flash to now: That same girl just had the biggest sales week since Eminem with her fifth album, 1989.

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