Lauryn Hill’s only studio album sets another new record

Sizwe Sibiya

New Jersey’s very own Lauryn Hill has broken yet another record, as her only studio album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, has achieved Diamond status 22 years after its release.

The Neo-Soul singing rapper has broken records before with the 16-track classic, which features hit-after-hit. From her first single, “Doo-Wop”, to “Everything is Everything”, everything in this project form the pieces of a rap-classic.

A week into its release in September 1998, the album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 100, had sold 400,000 copies.

At the time, this was the most first-week sales by a female artist in history.

The album went on to receive ten Grammy nominations, winning five, at the 41st Annual Grammy Award, and in doing so Lauryn Hill became the first woman to receive that many nominations and awards in one night.

And now the album, which has sold an estimated 20 million copies worldwide, has been given the Diamond status by the Recording Industry Association of America, for selling an estimated 10 million copies in the US.

“Welcome to the RIAA Diamond Club @MsLaurynHill! #TheMiseducationofLaurynHill is now a (10X) certified album!” RIAA tweeted last week.

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