No Doubt, Lady Saw’s ‘Underneath It All’ Certified Platinum In The US

No Doubt, Lady Saw, and Sly & Robbie‘s 2001 collab, Underneath It All, is now certified Platinum in the United States.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the song has reached the sales and streaming equivalent of 1,000,000 units sold in the US.

The Platinum milestone follows a Gold certification earned in March 2021, marking 500,000 units shifted in the US at the time.

Underneath It All is the highest charting US single for No Doubt, Lady Saw, and Sly & Robbie. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 but was less successful elsewhere—reaching No. 18 on the UK Singles chart and top 40 standings in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden.

It appeared on the rock band’s Rock Steady album in December 2001.

The album, which reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and is currently certified 2X Platinum in the US, had also featured Hey Baby with Bounty Killer, produced by Sly & Robbie, and the song Start A Fire, produced by Steely & Clevie.  Jamaican brothers Wayne ‘Native Wayne’ Jobson and Brian Jobson also have production credits on these three songs.

Hey Baby and Underneath It All won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

Initially written by the band’s lead singer Gwen Stefani and David Stewart, Underneath It All was inspired by Stefani’s relationship with her then-boyfriend, Gavin Rossdale.  Lady Saw’s toast was added when the band was working on the album in Jamaica.

In a 2007 interview with WhereItzAt Magazine, Lady Saw, now known as Minister Marion Hall, recalled the recording process.

“[Sly & Robbie] called me up and told me that No Doubt was in Jamaica and that they would love to do something with me. I went to the studio and that’s where it all happened. Gwen Stefani’s part was already done. I just went in, listened to the track and put my vocals on it,” she said.

“Man, it was wonderful. Not for me alone, but for Sly and Robbie because they had never won a Grammy before, yunno? For No Doubt to come to Jamaica and for me Sly, Robbie, and Bounty Killer to be a part of them winning a Grammy—that was wonderful.”

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