is the fifth studio album of #WuTangClan
, released December 11, 2007 on SRC/Universal Motown Records. The album was released three years after the death of #OlDirtyBastard
, and six years after the group's previous LP #IronFlag
Upon its release, 8 Diagrams debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200, and number 9 on the
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 68,000 copies sold in the first week It has sold 202,000 copies in the United States as of April 2014. The album received generally favorable reviews from most music critics, and earned greater acclaim than the group's previous album Iron Flag, based on an aggregate score of 73/100 from Metacritic.