19 surprising facts about #1 hits from the 2000s

BuzzFeed has compiled a list of surprising facts about music from the 2000s. Here are 10 (check out the full list at the link):

  • The success of Nelly and Kelly Rowland's "Dilemma" delayed the release of Beyoncé’s debut solo album. 
  • Gwen Stefani wrote “Hollaback Girl” as a diss track aimed at Courtney Love. 
  • Madonna's "Music" (which was released in 2000) is currently her last #1 single. 
  • Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around...Comes Around" isn't about Britney Spears, it's about Elisha Cuthbert. His best friend Trace Ayala was engaged to the actress, but she left him for hockey pro Sean Avery. 
  • Eminem did not have a Hot 100 #1 until 2002, with "Lose Yourself." 
  • "Empire State of Mind" was JAY-Z's first Hot 100 #1 song that featured him as a lead artist.
  • When Coldplay went #1 with "Viva La Vida" in 2008, it marked the first time that a British group reached the top of the Hot 100 since 1997, when the Spice Girls reached it with "Wannabe." 
  • Contrary to rumors, "Umbrella" was not turned down by Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears before being offered to Rihanna. The writers of the song, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, offered it to all of them at the same time.
  • André 3000 wrote "Ms. Jackson" as a way to apologize to his ex Erykah Badu's mother about their relationship falling apart without having to apologize to her in person.
  • Billboard named Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" the biggest and most played song of the '00s.


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