2004 in music was an eventful year. From January to December the masses were gifted a new catch phrase: Nipplegate (Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake). George Michael's returned to music, releasing his first studio album in eight years; Patience. Kelly Clarkson released her best-selling album to date, Breakaway. Usher released Confessions, which sold 1.1 million copies in one week. Madonna's The Re-Invention Tour became the year's highest grosser. Ashlee Simpson lip-synched her way into everybody's home via SNL.
And without missing a beat, many of today's superstars and record breakers debuted. Here is a list of fourteen debut albums released in 2004: