By The Numbers
AEOM was released on February 13, 1996, and sold 566,000 copies during its first week. Just two months later, in April 1996, it was certified five times platinum. By 1998 that number had increased to nine times platinum.
The album reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 200 and the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. There were five singles released: “California Love” and “How Do U Want It” both reached No.1 on the Hot 100 and the Hot Rap Singles charts. “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” peaked at No. 48 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. “All About U” did not chart. “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” peaked at No. 58 on the Hot 200 and No. 18 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.
TDK was released Nov 5, 1996—less than two months after Shakur’s murder—and sold 664,000 copies its first week. Just over two months later, on Jan 10, 1997, it was certified double platinum. On June 15 1999, it was certified quadruple platinum.
The album reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. There were three singles released: “Toss It Up” peaked at No. 34 on the Hot Rap Singles chart, “To Live & Die in L.A.” did not chart, and “Hail Mary” peaked at No. 18 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.
Bottom line: AEOM put up bigger numbers than TDK.