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18 years ago today, Lauryn Hill, aged 23, released defining debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

DEFINING DEBUT: Lauryn Hill

DEFINING DEBUT: Lauryn Hill

18 YEARS ago today, a 23-year-old Lauryn Hill released her debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 422,624 copies in its first week, which broke a record for first-week sales by a female artist.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill produced three hit singles Doo Wop (That Thing), Ex-Factor, and Everything Is Everything.

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Its lead single Doo Wop (That Thing) peaked at number one in the US, with the latter two singles peaking within the top 40. The album’s success propelled Hill to international superstardom, and contributed to bringing hip hop and neo soul to the forefront of popular music.

At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill earned 10 nominations, winning five awards, making Hill the first woman to receive that many nominations and awards in one night. By 2013, it had sold over 8 million copies in the US and over 19 million copies worldwide.

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