DIAMOND CUTS! 15 Diamond Certified Albums Of The Past 15 Years (LIST)

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They say “pimpin” ain’t easy, but selling 10 million copies ain’t easy either.

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It was announced today that Adele’s sophomore album, 21, officially scored a “diamond” certification from Soundscan for selling 10 million copies.

The last artist to move that many albums was Usher, whose Confessions album sold a whopping 8 million copies in the year of its release, eventually leading to diamond certification only a few years later.

Artists like Adele, Usher, Linkin Park, Outkast, Eminem, and Norah Jones are the best selling artists of the decade, collectively boasting over 60 million albums sold. 

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The top honors of the best selling albums of all time go to rock band the Eagles and Michael Jackson, who between the two, collectively sold what it took the top five best selling artists of the 2000s a decade to sell.

Although Soundscan didn’t begin tracking album sales until 1991, the top 10 highest selling albums of all time were released long before Soundscan was around to count every copy. 

GlobalGrind decided to round up the 15 highest selling albums in the past 15 years.

From Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death album, to Britney Spears’ …Baby One More Time and Oops!…I Did It Again albums, we have all of our generation’s top purchases. 

Check out the 15 highest selling albums in the past 15 years below!

Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death

Released: 1997 

Albums Sold: 10 million 

Soundtrack: Titanic

Released: 1997

Albums Sold: 11 million 

‘NSYNC- *NSYNC

Released: 1998

Album Sales: 11 million 

Kid Rock- Devil Without A Cause 

Released: 1998

Albums Sold: 11 million

Backstreet Boys- Millennium

Released: 1999

Albums Sold: 13 million 

Britney Spears- Baby One More Time

Released: 1999

Albums Sold: 14 million

‘NSYNC- No Strings Attached

Released: 2000

Albums sold: 11 million

Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory 

Released: 2000

Albums Sold: 10 million

Britney Spears- Oops!…I Did It Again

Released: 2000

Albums Sold: 10 million

Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP 

Released: 2000

Albums Sold: 10 million

Norah Jones- Come Away With Me

Released: 2002

Albums Sold: 10 million

Eminem- The Eminem Show

Released: 2002

Albums Sold: 10 million

Outkast- Speakerboxx/The Love Below

Released: 2003

Albums Sold: 11 million

Usher- Confessions

Released: 2004

Albums Sold: 10 million

Adele- 21

Released: 2011

Albums Sold: 10 million

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