Stefani releases Love.Angel.Music.Baby, her first solo album. She tells EW that No Doubt is "taking a break, but we are definitely not breaking up." Giving the album a four-star review and naming it "the party album of 2004," PEOPLE proclaims, "It's official: Gwen Stefani is the new Madonna." The album sells more than half a million copies in the first two weeks and will top three million in sales over the next year.
For her first L.A.M.B. runway show – attended by Lenny Kravitz, Faith Hill, Diddy and Ashanti – Stefani surprises husband Rossdale by playing one of his songs for the show. Stefani tells PEOPLE that her mother, Patricia, "was the one who taught me how to sew, so she's the guest of honor tonight."
Stefani's solo album earns five Grammy nominations – Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – but she leaves the ceremony empty-handed.
Stefani gives birth to her first child (and Rossdale's second), Kingston James McGregor Rossdale. His nursery is outfitted with $300 sheets in a black-and-white motif, and Stefani also begins designing a new line of baby clothes. The couple also pays nearly $15.5 million for an ultra-private 10,000-sq.-ft., four-bedroom Beverly Hills home that once belonged to Jennifer Lopez.
Stefani announces the year-end launch of a line of limited-edition dolls inspired by her eclectic onstage styles. "The Harajuku girls and I wore such wicked costumes, we had to share them with the world again," she says in a statement.
Stefani releases her sophomore album, The Sweet Escape. While her first single, "Wind It Up," features Stefani yodeling to a The Sound of Music beat, it's her title track "The Sweet Escape" that really makes an impression on the charts, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Stefani, 38, and Rossdale, 42, welcome their second son together, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale. Zuma joins older brother Kingston, who turned two in May. Of juggling two sons, Rossdale tells PEOPLE, "One is one, and two is 10. That's all we know. [But] it's not so bad. We've got it down now, you know."
After five years apart, No Doubt reunites, kicking off their summer tour in Las Vegas. "The only reason we're doing the tour is to feel inspired," Stefani, 39, tells a crowd of 12,000 in Vegas. The tour follows the band’s acting debut on the CW’s Gossip Girl.
Stefani and her No Doubt band mates – Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont – make their return to the music scene with the release of "Settle Down," a feel-good, reggae-inspired jam off their upcoming album Push and Shove, their first in 11 years. "I can't believe this is actually happening," Stefani told the Los Angeles Times in May. "The idea of playing our new music live is heaven on earth. Can't wait to share it!!"
Though she doesn't make an official announcement, Stefani lets her growing baby belly do the speaking for her, stepping out in Sherman Oaks, Calif., with her bump on display. In January, the singer confirms on Instagram that she and husband Rossdale are expecting their third son. "I was ready to hand over the crown. but I guess I am still queen of the house," she writes, tagging the post "#itsaboy #surroundedbyboys"
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