Here is another look at this week in music history, looking at some of the coolest records that dropped during this week (sorta) in the past.
2003: 50 Cent: Get Rich or Die Tryin’. One of Eminem‘s finds and probably one of the hottest acts of the early 2000’s. The iconic beat of the lead single “In Da Club” will probably go down in history. Come on white people, you know you wish all your friends happy birthday by quoting the song, “Go Shortie, it’s your birfday…Gonna party like its your birfday…” The album, which was produced by Dr. Dre and Eminem quickly hit the top of the charts and nearly 900,000 copies in the first week alone and has gone on to sell over 8 million copies since it’s release. Other popular singles from the album include “21 Questions“, and the international single “P.I.M.P.” But the album will probably be known best for “In Da Club”. The album was so popular it spawned a movie of the same name in 2005 starring, you guessed it…50 Cent.
1995 Shania Twain: The Woman In Me: Clearly the best album by one of the hottest country acts of the 90’s. It is worth mentioning here because it has sold over 20 million copies since it dropped in 1995. Even more impressive is that 8 of the 12 tracks from the album became singles. The album, which was produced by Twain’s husband at the time Robert John “Mutt” Lange was clearly loved by country music fans looking for a new fresh face in female singer/songwriters. The lead single, “Whose Bed Have Been Under?” is a classic Twain song and has some rock vibe and attitude that fans soon grew to love. Other singles include,”Any Man of Mine”, “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)” ,”(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!” ,”You Win My Love”, “No One Needs to Know”, “Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)”, and”God Bless the Child”
1994: Green Day: Dookie: The album that launched icons. This album debut in 1994 and quickly became one of the best albums of 1994. The album, which has gone on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide and produced five hit singles for the group. “Longview“, “When I Come Around“, “Basket Case“, a re-recorded version of “Welcome to Paradise” (Previously on Kerplunk!) and the radio-only single “She“. Dookie currently stands as the band’s best selling album but cemented the band into the status they hold today. The album was ranked 193 out of 500 by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest albums of all time. Any album that has an iconic quote of “When masturbation’s lost its fun/You’re fucking lonely” is clearly got something going.