is the second Forever studio album by American hip hop recoding artist Puff Daddy released on August 24, 1999 in North America by Bad Boy Records, with a release in the United Kingdom the following day. This was the first Puff Daddy album released under just the name "Puff Daddy" as his debut album was released under "Puff Daddy & the Bad Boy Family".
Forever received generally favorable to mixed reviews from most music critics, directed at the heavy use of sampling in Combs' work, as well as commercially changing hip-hop music simultaneously, which caused controversy at the time. It debuted at number two on the album chart. To date, the album has received positive to mixed reviews from music critics, and has spawned three singles that have attained Billboard 200 chart success. In late 1999, Billboard Forever was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping over one million units in North America.
Background and production [ edit ]
Nearly two years after Combs released his first joint collaboration album,
, which debuted on the No Way Out US at number one and won the Billboard 200 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in February 1998, whereas Combs (under the name "Puff Daddy"), was nominated for Best New Artist, which he lost. He also collaborated with Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, for the single " Come with Me" for the 1998 film . The song had sampled " Godzilla Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin, and reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart, whilst stalling at #4 on the US . He was also obligated to star as Willie Beamen in the motion picture, Billboard Hot 100 , the role however went to Any Given Sunday Jamie Foxx. During the summer of 1998, the recording for Combs' debut album began to take place, and then to commence on the following year.
Commercial performance [ edit ]
Forever debuted at number 2 on the selling 205,343 copies behind Billboard 200 Christina Aguilera's self-titled album with first week sales of 252,800 copies. The album opened at the top spot of the  Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In the  United Kingdom, the album peaked at number nine on the UK Albums Chart. The album debuted at number one on the  UK R&B Chart. In Canada, the album opened at number four on the Canadian Albums Chart, becoming Combs' highest charting album in the country. As of September 24, 1999,  Forever has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for selling 1,000,000 copies. To date, the album has sold 1.4 million copies worldwide. 
Track listing [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
Singles [ edit ]
1999 Hot Rap Singles: #6
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #34
1999 Billboard Hot 100: #2
Hot Rap Singles: #1
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #1
"Do You Like It... Do You Want It..."
1999 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #67
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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