No Doubt first formed in 1986 when ska was big, but didn’t realise their first album util 1992. The self-titled release was by then out of date and the popular genre at the time was grunge. Ska was upbeat and lively, grunge was the exact opposite and the band’s album was a commercial flop.
This led Interscope to refuse to fund another album for the band in the way that the band wanted to write and record. So the band funded their own second studio release in 1995 called The Beacon Street Collection. The album was received well and sold well, despite it’s limited locations of Orange County record stores in California and at band’s shows.
Due to the success of this album, Interscope Records agreed to fund a third album, seeing their could be potential in No Doubt after all. The album was released in 1995 and would see varying ranges of success throughout the next 3 years as seven singles were released. The album would eventually reach number one on the Billboard 200 but that would be 3 years later. It would also be certified diamond by the RIAA almost a decade later.
The band’s fourth studio album would be released in 2000. Return of Saturn would be the first album with only 4 members, after the band’s keyboardist left and would see dissention amongst both members and their record label. Eventually the album would be finished and released with a newer slower sound. Many critics received the album well, mostly enjoying the new sound. Others were a little sceptical of it’s slow nature. The album however would debut at number 2 on the Billboard 200, but it would never reach the levels of success seen by Tragic Kingdom. The album has been certified platinum in the US.
Rock Steady was released in 2001 to critical acclaim. The album debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200 and won two Grammy’s, in 2003 and 2004 respectively from single releases from the album. The album has been certified double platinum in the US, platinum in Canada and gold in the UK.
The band went onto hiatus, parting ways whilst Stefani went to work on a solo career, releasing a completely different genre of music. But it was in 2010 that the band had reformed and in 2012, released their newest studio album Push and Shove.
Push and Shove debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and sold generally well elsewhere. It was mostly received well by critics too; who said it was a good comeback release. Others noted it was more pop-esque in nature and weren’t too sure of the sound for the band, stating it was more influence from Gwen’s solo career.
No Doubt took another hiatus after this but have stated that they are to comeback very soon with another record. We await to hear it.
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