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Rumours (Warner Bros., 1976)
Rumours was the 11th studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. They wanted to expand on the commercial success of their self-titled (eponymous) 1975 album. Band members had struggled with breakups right before recording making tensions high during sessions. The material on Rumours ended up reflecting the strife. The record was supposed to be a “pop” album but ended up as more pop rock and soft rock instead. Rumours topped both the American and British (and Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and South African) album charts and became the group’s most successful release. All four singles: Go Your Own Way (#10 in the U.S. and topped the Dutch chart), Dreams (which topped the American and Canadian charts), Don’t Stop (#3 in the U.S. and topped the Canadian chart) and You Make Loving Fun(#9 in the U.S.) all went top ten in the U.S. The album won the 1978 Grammy Award for Album of the Year and sold over 40 million copies worldwide, still ranking as one of the best selling albums of all time and has received diamond certifications in several countries (Australia, Canada and the U.S.) around the world. In 2018, Rumours received one of the highest honors ever. It was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry (no it isn’t just for movies).