Gotcha Open: When Artists Go From Opening Acts to Headliners

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  • Public Enemy, Beastie Boys
  • Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross
  • Miguel, Usher
  • Cee Lo Green, OutKast
  • Robin Thicke, Beyoncé
  • Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé
  • Kendrick Lamar, Drake
  • Rihanna, Kanye West
  • J. Cole, Jay Z
  • Destiny's Child, Britney Spears
  • Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne

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It's safe to say the Beyhive has some reach. Ask Robin Thicke, who joined a massive 95-date tour known as the Beyoncé Experience in 2007. The following year, his third studio album, Something Else entered at No. 3 on the Billboard chart, selling 140,000 in its first week. This was a significant difference from the 20,000 first-week sales and No. 45 debut position of his second album, 2005's The Evolution of Robin Thicke.

(Photos: D Dipasupil/BET/Getty Images for BET; Larry Busacca/PW/Getty Images for Parkwood Entertainment)

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