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Musical moments that made Atlanta pop in 2010

The surprises, uprisings and star turns we couldn't stop watching

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Justin Bieber, made in Atlanta

Web phenomenon Justin Bieber went mainstream like a mutha in 2010. Atlanta only has itself to blame. Bieber's manager/rainmaker Scooter Braun: an Atlantan. Bieber's vocal coach-to-the-stars (and, lest we forget, "housewife" Kim Zolciak) Jan Smith: an Atlantan. Bieber's swagger coach Ryan Good: yep, an Atlantan. And Bieber's R&B daddy Usher: Atlanta all the way. In a city known for importing raw talent and churning out pop exports, Bieber's become one helluva cash crop.

— RC

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