Untouchables is the fifth studio album by American nu metal band Korn. The album was officially released on June 11, 2002 and featured the Grammy-winning single "Here to Stay". Untouchables debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with 434,000 copies sold during its first week, second only to Eminem's The Eminem Show. The album received positive reviews from music critics.Untouchables was certified platinum on July 11, 2002.Untouchables has sold over 2.4 million copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan as of January 4, 2013 and over 5 million copies worldwide.
Korn commenced writing Untouchables in early 2001. Tension between band members grew and, in an effort to lessen their tensions and distractions, they continued writing in Scottsdale, Arizona, in hope that the new landscape would inspire them in writing songs. They finished writing the album then went back to Los Angeles, California to begin recording. Hostility between band members was still there. During the tour, band members began to consider firing bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu due to his drug abuse problem, but decided against it.
In a 2013 interview with Scuzz, the band revealed that the total recording costs of Untouchables were estimated at $750,000 due to living expenses and keeping their 15-person crew on retainer for the nearly two years it took to finish the album. Others have claimed that the album cost over 3 million dollars, which would make it one of the most expensive albums ever made.
Untouchables sold over 434,000 copies in its first week, but did not surpass the sales from The Eminem Show by Eminem and came at number two on Billboard. Korn's lead vocalist blamed Internet piracy for the drop in sales compared to previous albums, since the album had leaked onto file-sharing websites more than two months prior to its official release date.Untouchables received acclaim from critics and is often regarded as one of Korn's best works.