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What Pop Stars Looked Like When They Released Their First Album Compared To Today

Spoiler alert: They ALL still look pretty damn good.

1. Miley Cyrus

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top: Cyrus in 2006, the year her first Hannah Montana album came out….though she was credited as the fictional singer, and not herself!

bottom: Miley can’t stop, won’t stop being a superstar. Here she is performing at a 2014 concert, totally wrecking-balling pop music.

2. Taylor Swift

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top: Swifty in 2006, the year her debut album dropped. Remember Our Song?!?!

bottom: TSwizzle at this year’s VMAs. She’s come a long way fashion-wise, no?

3. Beyonce

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top: Queen B in 2003, the year she dropped her first solo album, Dangerously in Love. We’ve been crazy in love ever since.

bottom: Beysus on the red carpet of this year’s VMAs, where she received the Video Vanguard Award. TRUE AMERICAN ROYALTY.

4. Nicki Minaj

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top: Nicki in 2009, the year We Are Young Money dropped. Remember Bedrock?!?!

bottom Minaj at New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week earlier this year. Oh, our anacondas want some.

5. Christina Aguilera

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top: Xtina in 1999, the year her self-titled debut album dropped. #TBT to Genie in a Bottle!!!

bottom: The Voice coach earlier this year. She’s come a long way since her Mickey Mouse Club days!

6. Kesha

top: Kesha in 2009, the year her instant smash Tik Tok dropped…. AND when she still had a $ in her name!

bottom: Kesha at the VMAs this year, looking FAB. U. LOUS. TIMBERRRRR!

7. Gwen Stefani

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top: Gwen on TRL in 2004, the year her debut solo album Love Angel Music Baby dropped. But she had already been with No Doubt for more than a decade! Hollaback, y’all!

bottom: Stefani in 2014….still looking HELLA good!

8. Lady Gaga

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top: Lady Gaga in 2008 on TRL, the year The Fame dropped. Throwback to the Poker Face days!

bottom: Gaga in 2014 in Japan, still as crazy as ever and we love her for it! Just dance, little monsters!

9. Rihanna

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top: Rihanna in 2005, the year Music of the Sun dropped. I mean, we ALL were spinning Pon De Replay.

bottom: Bad Girl RiRi SLAYING at the Met Gala red carpet earlier this year. ELLA ELLA AY AY.

10. Katy Perry

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top: Katy in 2008, the year her first album released as Katy Perry (she previously released an album as Katy Hudson). Oh, and we were jamming to I Kissed a Girl.

bottom: KP channelling her inner Britney on this year’s VMAs red carpet, coming at us like a dark horse.

11. Madonna

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top: The queen of pop in 1983, the year her debut solo album was released. ~memories~

bottom: Madge on this year’s Grammys red carpet. More than three decades later, she’s STILL in the game!

12. Lana Del Rey

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top: LDR (real name: Elizabeth Grant) in 2012. She released a digital album, Lana Del Ray, in 2010, but…. 2012’s Born to Die is where she was rebranded as Lana Del Rey for the masses.

bottom: Lana in 2014, continuing her reign as the princess of melancholy indie pop. ~summertime sadness~

13. Kelly Clarkson

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top: Kelly in 2002, the year she won the inaugural season of American Idol. THROWBACK.

bottom: Clarkson earlier this year…. Her moment like this has lasted for more than a decade!

14. Mariah Carey

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top: Mimi in 1990, the year she released her multiplatinum debut album that ALSO produced four consecutive Billboard No. 1 singles.

bottom: The hall-of-fame diva in 2014. Remember her CLASSIC Cribs episode? Oh, and all we want for Christmas IS you, Mariah.

15. Britney Spears

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top: Britney performing 1999, the year ….Baby One More Time dropped and she changed pop music FOREVER.

bottom: Godney earlier this year…. STILL AT THE TOP OF THE GAME. BOW DOWN.

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