Love.Angel.Music.Baby. Released 8 Years Ago

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We would like to wish Love.Angel.Music.Baby. a very Happy 8th Anniversary! Gwen released her first solo album on this day back in 2004 to millions of eager and curious fans.

The album launched many hit singles: “What You Waiting For?”, “Rich Girl” 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 Grammies and Billboard Awards.

Gwen collaborated with many hot producers and writers at the time that included Andre 3000 (of Outkast), Dr. Dre, The Neptunes and even Tony helped on the project.

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.

Happy Anniversary to Love.Angel.Music.Baby. Do you have any favorite memories of the era?

4 Replies to “Love.Angel.Music.Baby. Released 8 Years Ago”

  1. Definitely a very original and influential pop record….unlike anything else released around the era (or even today). It mixed cultures and bridged gaps between unrelated music worlds (rock, pop, r n b and hip hop), all imbued with Gwen’s eccentric, left-of-field, and totally personal inspirations. The record was fun, colorful, experimental pop, indifferent to trends, more or less setting them…it helped the 80s synth pop revival cracked right into the mainstream (see Kelly Osbourne’s Sleeping In The Nothing for raw proof) and the cheerleader marching band chant of Hollaback Girl almost became a template, countlessly imitated by female pop artists in the following years. Just proves that even at her most kitschy, Gwen Stefani is still the peerless, envelope-pushing artist we know and love.

  2. I actually prefer The Sweet Escape album and that tour, but there were some good moments from this era. Always loved Cool, Danger Zone and Luxurious. I liked a lot of Gwen’s style during this time. Street mixed with fairytale LOL Never really liked the mute Harajuku Girls following her around, but they were really good dancers. I went to one of her Harajuku Lovers shows and enjoyed myself, but it wasn’t “great.” It was right before she announced her pregnancy so I imagine she was pretty sick LOL

  3. I love this album and the whole feeling around it. I remember waiting outside Best Buy for them to open so I could get it the moment it was out. I have great memories surrounding this album… it’s really special to me. The What You Waiting For? video was one of the best if not best video she has ever been in. It was great to hear Gwen in the clubs too with the remix.

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