Throwback Thursday: Early 2000s

The early 2000s provided us with some of the most iconic moments in pop culture history. Remember Britney Spears’ infamous meltdown that led her to shave her head? Yeah, that happened in the early 2000s. The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC rivalry, yeah that most definitely broke friendships in the 2000s. We also cannot forget Moulin Rouge! being released in 2001 and blessing us with the gift that is “Lady Marmalade. ”

Let us reminisce on the good ol’ days with these classic tunes from the 2000s:

Beyoncé – “Crazy in Love” ft. Jay Z

The song was released in 2003 as part of her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love. It reached No. 1 and spent eight consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100. The bridge in the song was written by Queen B herself who was inspired after realizing how crazy she looked that day in the studio. Jay Z added his verse much later in the production process. Where is she now? Beyoncé and Jay Z tied the knot in 2008 and welcomed their beautiful daughter Blue Ivy in 2012. Beyoncé released her sixth studio album, Lemonade, last year which landed her several awards and nominations. She recently finished a successful round of tour dates across Europe and North America.

Britney Spears – “Lucky”

The song was released in August of 2000 as part of her second album, Oops!… I Did It Again. “Lucky” peaked at No. 23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and is considered one of her most iconic songs by her fans. Where is she now? In 2012 Spears was a judge on the X Factor with Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid. She began her Las Vegas residency in 2013 and has recently announced she will take the show abroad for a series of tour dates. She remains a pop icon.

Rihanna – “Pon de Replay”

The song was released in 2005 as part of her debut album, Music of the Sun. The song peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was really successful in New Zealand where it reached No. 1. Where is she now? In 2012 Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People of All Time. Rihanna delve into the fashion industry around the same time partnering up with Armani and later with Puma to release a series of footwear. In 2015 she was announced one of the co-owners for Tidal, a music streaming site.  Recently she was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Harvard Foundation.

The Pussycat Dolls – “Buttons” ft. Snoop Dog

The song was released in 2006 as part of their debut album, PCD. The song did really well and climbed its way up Billboard’s Hot 100 where it eventually peaked at No. 3. Where are they now? The band slowly fell apart in 2010 and each member went their separate ways. Nicole Scherzinger has since appeared on a series of entertainment shows including, Dancing With The Stars and X Factor. Melody Thornton appeared in LL Cool J’s album Authentic, has starred in commercials and is now a model. Kimberly Wyatt formed Her Majesty & The Wolves in 2010 and released an album a year later. Recently Wyatt has become an ambassador for the Bloch Dance World Cup. Jessica Sutta has continued making music and released her debut solo album I Say Yes, earlier this year. In 2014 Ashley Roberts released her debut solo album Butterfly Effect, and has since appeared on a a couple reality TV shows. Carmit Bachar has since become a mother and formed the duo LadyStation.

Jesse McCartney – “Beautiful Soul”

The song was released in 2004 as his debut single for his album, Beautiful Soul. The song peaked at No. 16 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and No. 4 on their Mainstream Top 40 charts. Where is he now? McCartney has since appeared on a series of movies and TV shows including, Law & Order: SVU and Alvin and the Chipmunks.  in 2014 he released his fourth album, In Technicolor. McCartney kicked off the year by going on a college tour across the Midwest. Recently he made a guest appearance playing Reed on Fear the Walking Dead!