The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The music body made the announcement yesterday, confirming that Hill’s debut album sold more than 10 million units since its release in 1998.
The distinction puts her in esteemed company, joining the likes of Michael Jackson (Thriller), Eminem (The Marshall Mathers LP) and Adele (21) with diamond-selling albums.
The critically acclaimed Miseducation project debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart after moving 422,000 units in its first week. It went on to earn Hill 10 Grammy nominations and five wins including Album of the Year. Perhaps the best-known track from the album, Doo Wop (That Thing) also earned her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
“I think my intention was simply to make something that made my foremothers and forefathers in music and social and political struggle know that someone received what they’d sacrificed to give us, and to let my peers know that we could walk in that truth, proudly and confidently,” Hill told Rolling Stone. “At that time, I felt like it was a duty or responsibility to do so. … I challenged the norm and introduced a new standard. I believe The Miseducation did that and I believe I still do this—defy convention when the convention is questionable.”