By Tunde Adediran
Feeling old yet? Here are 8 classic albums turning 18 in 2018.
Craig David – Born To Do It
Born to Do It is the debut album by English singer Craig David, the album was released in 2000 in the UK, and then a year later in the USA by Atlantic Records. The album was a huge commercial success eventually selling over 8 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest albums by a UK R&B artist. Backed by commercially successful singles like Fill Me In, Walking Away and 7 Days. Born To Do It was nominated for best album at the MOBO’s. Craig David was also nominated for four Brit Awards in 2001, including Best British Album. Born To Do It became the fastest-selling debut album ever by a British male solo act, a record the album still holds. The album has since been listed as the 45th fastest-selling album ever.
Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP
Building off the success of his second album The Slim Shady LP, Eminem’s third studio album was in released May 2000. It became the fastest-selling album by any solo artist in American music history at that time. The album later went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and was also nominated for Album of the Year. In 2011, the album was certified Diamond having sold over 10 million copies in the United States. The Real Slim Shady, The Way I Am and Stan were some of the singles from the album. The Marshall Mathers LP has been ranked as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, Time Magazine, and XXL Magazine.
Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again
Britney Spears second studio album was released in May 2000. Selling over 1.3 million copies in its first week and debuting atop the US Billboard 200, the album broke previous Nielsen SoundScan record for the highest debut-week album sales by a female artist. Adele would later go on to break the record 15 years later with 25. Oops!… I Did It Again, the lead single from the album went on to achieve worldwide popularity. It became Britney’s third top-ten hit single on the US Billboard. The album has sold over twenty million copies to date making it Spears’s second best-selling album after …Baby One More Time.
Nelly – Country Grammar
Nelly’s debut album Country Grammar brought the life and sound of St. Louis to the world. The album was released June 2000. Country Grammar joined the ranks of Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP and Biggie’s Life After Death as the eighth diamond-certified hip-hop album in history after moving ten million units in the U.S. Country Grammar experienced commercial success, the album eventually went on to sell over 9 million copies in the US, making it the ninth best-selling rap album of all time in the country.
Outkast – Stankonia
‘I’m sorry, Ms. Jackson, I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times’
You’ve probably heard that song right? Ms. Jackson single was from Outkast’s Stankonia. The album is regarded by many to be one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Stankonia received universal acclaim from music critics upon its release. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling over 530,000 copies the first week. The album produced three singles: B.O.B, Ms. Jackson, and Ms. Jackson became the group’s first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. At the 2002 Grammy Awards, Stankonia won Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for Ms. Jackson. In 2003, the album was ranked number 359 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Nsync – No Strings Attached
Before Justin Timberlake went on to become one of the world’s best-selling music artists, there was boy band group by the name of Nsync and they sold millions of records. No Strings Attached was Nsync’s third studio album and was released on March 21, 2000. Its lead single Bye Bye Bye catapulted the album to the top of the Billboard charts. No Strings Attached garnered first-week sales of 2.4 million copies, setting the record for one-week sales in the country. It topped the chart for eight consecutive weeks and it was also the bestselling album of 2000.
Kelly – TP-2.Com
R Kelly’s fourth studio album was released to stellar reviews from critics. TP-2.Com (Twelve Play-2) was released as “sequel” to R Kelly’s 12 Play, the tribute song I Wish, was the album’s first single. The remix of the party anthem, Fiesta, which featured Jay-Z later inspired both artistes to create the collaborative project The Best of Both Worlds. The album has since been certified 4× Platinum. TP-2.Com debuted number one on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with first week sales of 543,000.
Shaggy – Hot Shot
Shaggy’s fifth studio album, Hot Shot was probably his most commercially successful. This album was the second highest-charting studio album of 2001 on the Billboard Year-End charts, and succeeded in dethroning The Beatles’ 1 at the top of the US Billboard 200 in February 2001. The album was released on August, 2000. It Wasn’t Me was the first single, it was the best-selling single of 2001 in the United Kingdom, selling over 1.15 million copies that year. Hot Shot went on to be certified six times platinum in the United States according to the RIAA. The album has sold an estimated 10 million copies worldwide.