Today marks the 12th anniversary release of Gwen’s debut and iconic solo album, Love.Angel.Music.Baby. The album was released on this day back in 2004 to eager and curious fans all over the world. Gwen started to come up with ideas directly after touring with No Doubt in 2003 for an inspired dance record of her own.
The album launched many hit singles: “What You Waiting For?”, “Rich Girl”, “Cool”, “Luxurious”, “Crash” and “Hollaback Girl”, which made history by being the first digital single to sell over 1,000,000 copies. Love.Angel.Music.Baby. also spawned a super successful US tour (Harajuku Lovers Live was released the following year on DVD), tons of notable performances and appearances and awards and nominations for the album including Grammy and Billboard Awards.
Gwen collaborated with many hot producers and writers at the time that included Linda Perry, Andre 3000 (of Outkast), Dr. Dre, Dallas Austin, The Neptunes and even Tony. The album debuted at #7 on the Billboard charts selling over 300,000+ copies it’s first week. Currently, Love.Angel.Music.Baby. has sold over 7 million albums worldwide.
Love.Angel.Music.Baby. is a pop classic and we’re really thankful that Gwen stepped out of her comfort zone and created some incredible music. This album era was also the beginning of Gwen’s fashion empires and also spawned leftovers and ideas that would go into a second solo adventure with The Sweet Escape in 2006.
Gwen continues to perform and treat fans to the album live including most recently on her This Is What the Truth Feels Like tour with deeper-cuts like “Harajuku Girls” and “Danger Zone” (which she eventually dropped from the set). Love.Angel.Music.Baby. was also a huge influence on Gwen’s latest venture with her new animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku.
In a poll we posted a couple of years back, fans voted “What You Waiting For?” their favorite track from the album.