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Lauryn Hill becomes first female rapper to have a diamond album

Lauryn Hill has been written into the history books as the first female rapper to have a diamond album.

This comes after her debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill sold over 10 million copies.

The Recording Industry Association of America made the announcement on Tuesday.

“Welcome to the RIAA Diamond Club [Ms. Lauryn Hill]!” the organization wrote on Twitter. “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is now a [diamond] (10X) certified album!”

Other Diamond albums include:

  • Michael Jackson’s Thriller

  • Adele’s 21

  • Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released in 1998.

It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Charts and sold 422,624 copies in its first week, smashing the previous for first-week sales by a female artist.

Lauryn Hill made history yet again when her only solo album was nominated for ten awards at the 41st annual Grammy's.

She won five categories including Album of the Year, Best R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Doo Wop (That Thing)."

At the time, she was the first woman to earn that many nominations and walk away with so many awards in a single night.

In 2015, the album was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, which cemented its status as a cultural icon.

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