The Hard Road is a 2006 release by Australian hip hop group, the Hilltop Hoods from Adelaide, South Australia. It was released on 1 April (April Fools' Day) 2006 by Obese Records. It debuted at #1 on the Australia ARIA Albums Chart, unprecedented for an independent label release and for an Australian hip hop group. This earned The Hard Road the ARIA #1 chart position. The album contains the top 20 single, "Clown Prince". The album achieved Gold status (35,000 units) on 8 April 2006, a week after release and has now surpassed Platinum status (70,000 units). The album won the Triple J J Award in 2006. The award was announced on 1 December. Five songs from the album placed on the annual Triple J Hottest 100 chart announced on 26 January 2007. Songs "Recapturing The Vibe", "Stopping All Stations", "What a Great Night", "Clown Prince" and "The Hard Road" placed #77, #56, #41, #23, and #3 respectively. "An Audience with the Devil" samples the spoken parts (the interview between Suffa and the Devil) from the Millennium episode "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me".
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