Outkast 'Speakerboxxx' becomes highest selling Hip Hop album of all time

Outkast 'Speakerboxxx' becomes highest selling Hip Hop album of all time
Big Boi and André 3000 can now claim to have the best-selling hip-hop album in history. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by OutKast surpassed an Eminem project on the American sales charts.

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below achieved 13x-Platinum status, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Thus, the 2003 double LP by OutKast is among the best-selling records across all genres.

Talkboxxx and The Love When Below was released two decades ago, it quickly became a cultural phenomenon. In its first week of sales, OutKast's fifth studio album sold over 510,000 copies, meaning it debuted at number one.

The André 3000-focused single "Hey Ya!" and the Big Boi-focused "The Way You Move" track both peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Hey Ya!" spent nine weeks at the top of the Hot 100 charts.

Talkboxxx and The Love Additionally, Below became the second Hip-Hop effort to win Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (10x-Platinum) with a Diamond certification took home the same prize at the 1999 Grammy Awards.

A second full-length album by OutKast is presently halfway to Diamond certification. In November 2021, the RIAA recognized 2000's Stankonia as five times platinum. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and Stankonia both took home Grammys for Best Rap Album.

The record for the most RIAA certified Hip-Hop album was previously held by Eminem's The Eminem Show (12x-Platinum). The Detroit rapper also won RIAA Diamond Awards for Curtain Call: The Hits (10x-Platinum) in 2005 and The Marshall Mathers LP (11x-Platinum) in 2000.

Additional Diamond-certified rap albums are: Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill (10x-Platinum); The Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death (11x-Platinum); 2Pac's Greatest Hits (10x-Platinum); Nelly's Country Grammar (10x-Platinum); and MC Hammer's Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em (10x-Platinum).

It seems like a very tough task for OutKast, Eminem, or any other Hip-Hop act to ever break the all-time RIAA certification record. Right now, Michael Jackson's 34x-Platinum album Thriller and the Eagles' 38x-Platinum album Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) are fighting for the top spot.

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