Ms Lauryn Hill has achieved huge milestone today as her debut album “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” released in 1998 has received a diamond certification for selling more than 10 million units in United States. Even though the album itself explores many other genres just than Hip-Hop , Lauryn Hill is now first and only female emcee to achieve this feat.
RIAA announced that Lauryn Hill has now joined a very rare diamond club award. Check out the announcement below:
Welcome to the RIAA Diamond Club who did charlie puth date! #TheMiseducationofLaurynHill is now a 💎 (10X) certified album! @ColumbiaRecords #BlackHistoryMonth #RIAATopCertified pic.twitter.com/mWWByv74kp
— RIAA (@RIAA) February 17, 2021
“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” debuted at #1 on Billboard Charts with almost 423K units sold in the country and it’s lead single “Doo Wop” topped the Hot 100 charts too. At the time it broke record for first week sales of a female artist’s album. “The Miseducation..” has been included by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry. As of January 2021 the album has sold 20 Million records worldwide.
On her recent chat with Rolling Stone magazine Ms Lauryn Hill explained how she felt opposition from industry even after releasing such successful debut album
“I was called crazy. Now over a decade later, we hear this as part of the mainstream chorus. Ok, so chalk some of it up to leadership and how that works—I was clearly ahead, but you also have to acknowledge the blatant denial that went down with that. The public abuse and ostracizing while suppressing and copying what I had done, (I protested) with still no real acknowledgement that all of that even happened, is a lot.”