Michael Jackson never got the chance to make his stage comeback, but his untimely death made him more popular than ever.
The King of Pop reclaimed his throne, ranking as the top-selling artist of 2009 with 8.2 million albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's nearly double No. 2 finisher, Taylor Swift , who rang up 4.6 million in sales.
Among the other surprising tidbits on the year- and decade-end charts...
Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream just missed being the top album of 2009, falling 100,000 copies behind Swift's Fearless (sorry,Kanye). Jackson's Number Ones (2.3 million) edged out Gaga's Fame (2.2 million) for the No. 3 slot
Boyle's Dream did rank as the top-selling Internet album, with 405,000 copies, while Gaga's The Fame was the overall top-selling digital album, selling 461,000.
The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" was the biggest digital track, with 4.7 million downloads, followed by their "I Gotta Feeling," with 4.4 million.
Soulja Boy Tell'em's "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" was the top-selling ringtone, followed by T-Pain and Jamie Foxx's "Blame It" and T.I. and Justin Timberlake's "Dead and Gone."
The Beatles, meanwhile, had bragging rights for the biggest album of the Aughts, selling 11.6 million copies of 1, beating out 'N Sync's No Strings Attached (11.1 million)
In total sales of the 2000s, Eminem finished just ahead of the Fab Four (32.2 million to 30.2 million). Tim McGraw (24.8 million), Toby Keith (24.8 million) and Britney Spears (23 million) round out the top five.
2009 Top-Selling Artists:
Michael Jackson, 8.2 million
Taylor Swift, 4.6 million
Beatles, 3.2 million
Susan Boyle, 3.1 million
Lady Gaga, 2.8 million
Andrea Bocelli, 2.6 million
Michael Bublé, 2.2 million
Eminem, 2.1 million
Carrie Underwood, 1.8 million
Black Eyed Peas, 1.8 million
2009 Top-Selling Albums:
Fearless, Taylor Swift, 3.2 million
I Dreamed a Dream, Susan Boyle, 3.1 million
Number Ones, Michael Jackson, 2.3 million
Fame, Lady Gaga, 2.2 million
My Christmas, Andrea Bocelli, 2.2. million
Hannah Montana Movie Soundtrack, Hannah Montana, 1.8 million
E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies), Black Eyed Peas, 1.7 million
Relapse, Eminem, 1.7 million
Blueprint 3, Jay-Z, 1.5 million
Only by the Night, Kings of Leon, 1.3 million
Top Artists of the 2000s:
Eminem, 32.2 million
The Beatles, 30.2 million
Tim McGraw, 24.8 million
Toby Keith, 24.5 million
Britney Spears, 23 million
Kenny Chesney, 22 million
Linkin Park, 21.4 million
Nelly, 21.3 million
Creed, 20.6 million
Jay-Z, 20.4 million
Top Albums of the 2000s:
Beatles 1, Beatles, 11.6 million
No Strings Attached, 'N Sync, 11.1 million
Come Away With Me, Norah Jones, 10.6 million
Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem, 10.2 million
Eminem Show, Eminem, 9.8 million
Confessions, Usher, 9.73 million
Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park, 9.7 million
Human Clay, Creed, 9.5 million
Oops!...I Did It Again, Britney Spears, 9.2 million