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Performing songs that some condemned as fluff but millions loved, the Carpenters became an amazing success story after bursting onto the pop music scene in 1970. Karen and Richard Carpenter had 12 Top Ten singles and released 17 albums during the 1970s that each sold over a million copies. The duo generated sales of 80 million records worldwide with their soft-rock sound, which was "the squeaky-clean antidote to the early-70s brew of antiwar protests and acid rock," Tim Purtell in Entertainment Weekly.