There have only been 88 albums of contempoary new music, excluding compilations, that have managed to reach diamond selling status, ever!
Billboard compiled a fresh chart of albums that have sold over 10 million copies to become diamond-certified in the United States, after the mega success of Adele‘s 25 album in 2015, which became the fastest album to become diamond in less than a year!
“CrazySexyCool” was listed as the 7th most critically acclaimed album, above albums by Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Adele, Britney Spears and Shania Twain!
The remainder of the top 6 comprised of albums by Prince, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Nirvana, respectively.
7. TLC, CrazySexyCool (1995, 11x Platinum)
So cold chillin’ that Busta Rhymes, Phife Dawg and Andre 3000 all stop by just to hang, CrazySexyCool successfully rebranded the condom-wearing candy kids of “What About Your Friends” as grown-ass women, capable of making cheating seductive, raising AIDS awareness, and flipping genders backon Prince. With a ‘90s Atlanta Braves-caliber squad of producers giving up the funk, TLC created the gold standard for ‘90s R&B… maybe for post-hip-hop R&B, period.
Check out the full list of 88 diamond-certified albums here!
Credit to Lisa Acosta-Gates