My debut studio album, Thankful (2003), had been certified 2× platinum and sold over 4.5 million copies internationally. Its lead single, "Miss Independent," became an international hit, earning me my first Grammy nomination. I developed a rock-oriented sound with the release of my sophomore album, Breakaway (2004). It had been certified 6× platinum and sold over 15 million copies worldwide earning me two Grammy Awards, including one for my hit single "Since U Been Gone." I took full creative direction of her third album, My December (2007), which had been certified platinum.
From momentum of "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "Rock the Bells," the album went platinum in 1986. The following year, his second album, Bigger and Deffer, shot up the charts to number three due to his hit "I Need Love," which became one of the first pop-rap crossover hits. Believe it or not by 1990, his
Billboard 200 and being certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a month after its release.  She became the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.  Her second single, "Your Love", reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, making Minaj the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002.  She also became the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List.  Minaj was named the 2011 Rising Star by Billboard.
 Rihanna's debut studio album, Music of the Sun (2005), peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200 and features the Billboard Hot 100 top five hit single "Pon de Replay". Her second album, A Girl Like Me (2006), peaked at number five in the United States, and produced her first Hot 100 number one single, "SOS". Rihanna's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), spawned the international hit singles "Umbrella", "Don't Stop the Music", "Take a Bow", and "Disturbia". The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella". Her fourth album, Rated R (2009), produced the top ten singles "Russian Roulette", "Hard", and "Rude Boy", with the latter achieving the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
 G-Unit logo The group continued to work hard and released several mixtape series which earned them a lot of attention in the rap industry.  The most prominent of these being 50 Cent Is the Future, God's Plan, No Mercy, No Fear and Automatic Gunfire. G-Unit has also started a mixtape series with their DJ, DJ Whoo Kid, called G-Unit Radio. But before the group had a chance to record its debut album, Tony Yayo was sentenced to prison for a gun-possession charge as well as bail-jumping.  During Tony Yayo's prison sentence, the group signed Tennessee rapper, Young Buck.
(http://www.rapcentral.co.uk/kanyewestTimeline.html) February 13, 2005 – As the most nominated artist at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards with 10 nods, West takes home three trophies – Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song for "Jesus Walks", and Best R&B Song for producing Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name." (http://www.people.com/people/kanye_west/biography/0,,,00.html) August 30, 2005 – West encounters “sophomore success” when he shoots to No. 1 on the charts with his second album, Late Registration, topping the
That is, until 2006 when Lady Luck tore up the charts with ‘Torn’ – the ‘You Are Everything’-sampled R&B groove that obviously struck a chord with listeners as it propelled the singer’s debut solo album ‘Letoya’ to the top of the charts. Critics hailed the underdog the champion as she made her rounds performing the hit single. And, while its follow-up ‘She Don’t’…well…didn’t, Ms. Luckett’s debut was still widely received as a success, earning the singer her first (solo) platinum
Her role as federal marshal Karen Sisco in Steven Soderbergh's “Out of Sight,” further improved her image as a worthy movie star. Lopez's musical career also began to take off, as she released her debut Latin pop album, On the 6. The album (On The 6), with the success of her hit single "If You Had My Love," went platinum within two weeks, making Lopez one of the most significant examples in pop music. The popularity of the multi-talented Lopez reached top heights in 2001, when her album, J. Lo debuted at No.
She won five Grammys, including Best New Artist, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Album and Album of the Year, making the Miseducation the first hip hop oriented album to ever receive that award. Lauryn Hill set a new record in the industry, as she also became the first woman to win five Grammys in one night. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill also earned her several other awards. Lauryn Hill brought neo soul to the mainstream, paving the way for artist like Jill Scott, Erikah Badu, and Angie Stone. She also was one of the first females to make an impact on rap.
She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013, becoming the oldest world no. 1 player in WTA's history. Williams is also widely regarded to be one of the greatest female tennis players in history.  She is the only female player to have won over $50 million in prize money.