OutKast Dethrones Eminem: A New Era in Hip-Hop Album Sales

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OutKast’s Record-Breaking Triumph: A New Hip-Hop Milestone

André 3000 and Big Boi, the dynamic duo behind OutKast, have achieved a monumental milestone. Their groundbreaking album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, has ascended the American sales ladder, overtaking a record previously held by Eminem, to become the top-selling hip-hop album of all time.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) confirmed that Speakerboxxx/The Love Below has achieved 13x-Platinum status. This accomplishment not only cements OutKast’s place in hip-hop history but also ranks their 2003 double LP among the top-selling albums across all music genres.

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The Cultural Impact of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

When Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was released twenty years ago, it didn’t just make waves—it created a tidal wave in the music industry. This was OutKast’s fifth studio album, and it made an immediate impact, debuting at the coveted No. 1 spot with over 510,000 copies sold in its initial week.

The album’s success was further amplified by its chart-topping singles. Big Boi’s “The Way You Move” and André 3000’s “Hey Ya!” both secured the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Notably, “Hey Ya!” dominated this chart for an impressive nine weeks. Watch both music videos:

Furthermore, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below earned the distinction of being only the second hip-hop album to receive the Grammy Award for Album Of The Year. It followed in the footsteps of the iconic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which achieved 10x-Platinum status and clinched the same prestigious award at the 1999 Grammy ceremony.

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OutKast’s Continued Legacy

OutKast’s musical journey didn’t stop there. Their album Stankonia, released in 2000, has been certified 13x-Platinum by the RIAA. Both Stankonia and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below have been honored with Grammys for Best Rap Album, showcasing the duo’s consistent excellence in the hip-hop domain.

For context, Eminem’s The Eminem Show, which was previously the record holder, achieved 12x-Platinum status. The renowned Detroit rapper also received RIAA Diamond Awards for his albums The Marshall Mathers LP and Curtain Call: The Hits.

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