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Punk rock at that time was not commercially viable, and no major record label signed a punk rock band until Green Day 's breakthrough in Both these factors contributed to the emergence of a number of independent record labels , often run by people in bands in order to release their own music and that of their friends. The independent labels Lookout! Skate punk broke into the mainstream in the mids, initially with the Northern California-based skate punk band Green Day and in the late s with the Southern California-based pop punk band Blink as well who all achieved massive worldwide commercial success.
Green Day 's album Dookie sold 10 million copies in the United States and another 10 million copies worldwide. Soon after the release of Dookie, The Offspring released the album Smash. The album sold over 14 million copies worldwide, setting a record for most albums sold on an independent label. By the end of the year, Dookie and Smash had sold millions of copies. In , Blink made a breakthrough with the release of Enema of the State , which sold over 15 million copies worldwide receiving multi-platinum status in the United States , Canada , Australia , Italy , New Zealand and platinum status in Europe and the United Kingdom.
Green Day are seen as the biggest act in punk rock whilst Blink are seen to have the most influence on later bands like Fall Out Boy and All Time Low. Heavy metal Many subgenres of metal developed outside of the commercial mainstream during the s. Metallica's success was followed by Megadeth 's Countdown to Extinction which hit number 2, and albums by regional bands such as Testament and Sepultura entered the top Pop rock and singer-songwriter In the s, there was a revival of the singer-songwriter movement of the s.
Perhaps the most important album of the movement was the multi-platinum album Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette as well as Sheryl Crow 's album Tuesday Night Music Club and her eponymous album. The Black Crowes ushered in a more classic rock 'n' roll sound with their successful debut in More well-established hard rock artists such as Guns N' Roses , Van Halen , Def Leppard , Ozzy Osbourne , and Tom Petty released successful albums and remained very popular in the first half of the decade, while Aerosmith , Bon Jovi , and Metallica maintained their popularity throughout the entire decade, largely by re-inventing themselves with each new album and exploring different sounds.
Pop Michael Jackson had been a major figure in the music industry for nearly three decades by the s. The American vocal group Backstreet Boys became one of the most commercially successful boy bands of the s. Britney Spears became one of the most successful pop singers of the s. Michael Jackson achieved continued critical and commercial success in the s with his album Dangerous which sold 35 million copies and his follow-up HIStory which sold 40 millions units 20 million copies of the double disc set.
Jackson's debut single " Black or White " from the former album was one of the best selling singles of the s, and the debut single " You Are Not Alone " from the latter album became, on 2 September , the first single to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot chart. In , Jackson released Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix which became the best-selling remix album of all time, a record it still holds with over six million copies sold.
Their impact brings about a widespread invasion of teen pop acts to the US charts which had been predominantly dominated by grunge and hip hop prior to the success of the group. At the end of the decade, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera had huge successes with their hit singles, " Baby One More Time " and " Genie in a Bottle " and respective debut albums which remain among the best selling of all time.
Madonna 's album Erotica was released in and became one of the most controversial albums to date. In , she also had her most acclaimed album to date, Ray of Light , which has sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Cyndi Lauper released her first mature album Hat Full of Stars , which leaves complete the image of her first two albums, but it is highly praised by critics even though it did not achieve commercial success.
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